Armstrong slowed by knee issue

2013-08-06T20:42:00Z 2013-08-06T22:09:15Z Armstrong slowed by knee issueBy STEVEN M. SIPPLE
August 06, 2013 8:42 pm  • 

Tommy Armstrong Jr., battling for Nebraska's No. 2 quarterback job, will start out at a bit of a deficit because of a lingering knee issue.

Armstrong isn't quite full-go yet, Husker coach Bo Pelini said Tuesday night after the second practice of preseason camp.

The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Armstrong, a redshirt freshman, recently had some "clean-up work" done to the same knee that sidelined him at mid-season last year, Pelini said. The coach made it sound routine.

Ron Kellogg III, a senior from Omaha, is also a prime contender for the No. 2 job.

A few other practice nuggets from Pelini:

-- Senior tight end Jake Long, a projected starter, is sidelined for two weeks with an undisclosed injury.

-- True freshmen Dimarya Mixon (DE) and Marcus Newby (LB) are "working through some eligibility issues," Pelini said. Neither are practicing, but it doesn't sound overly concerning.

-- True freshman DT Maliek Collins, regarded as a viable candidate for immediate playing time, missed practice because of a personal issue, Pelini said. Collins is expected to be back in the fold Wednesday morning.

-- Pelini really, really likes redshirt freshman punter Sam Foltz, a walk-on from Grand Island. "I think he has a chance to be a big-time punter." Great hang time, the coach says. The 6-1, 200-pound Foltz evidently is also a handy wideout, but will concentrate on punting, Bo says.

-- It's a young team in some areas. Pelini doesn't sound inclined to use that as an excuse. He told the team Tuesday, "I don't care how old you are; when you step on the field, we expect you to execute."

-- Preseason camp resumes Wednesday. A practice is scheduled for 6:45 p.m.

-- Much more coming from Brian C.

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