We had an idea of this happening come Tuesday, but Nebraska Cornhuskers Head Coach Mike Riley made it official today.
Mike Riley confirms Tommy Armstrong out Saturday. Ryker Fyfe to make first career start as #Huskers QB at Purdue— Rich Kaipust (@RKaipustOWH) October 29, 2015
Riley: "it's like a turf toe deal..." #Huskers— Ben McLaughlin (@bmclaughlin4) October 29, 2015
Indeed, Tommy Armstrong Jr will not play vs. the Purdue Boilermakers on Saturday morning, and Junior QB Ryker Fyfe will indeed make his first career start at Quarterback.
Fyfe, the former walk-on from Grand Island, brings some experience to the table, seeing action in 8 games in the past 2 seasons. He also got meaningful snaps vs. Iowa and Michigan State last year.
However, he will be commissioned to be man to replace Armstrong's 2,052 yards of passing and 16 TD's to 7 Interceptions on Saturday.
On one hand, the heavy handed passing attack that the Huskers and OC Danny Langsdorf has favored this year could be a downfall. On the other hand, there is the notion that the Huskers will be facing the worst Rushing Defense in the Big Ten Conference.
Armstrong had started 22 straight games up to Saturday, a streak he will not be extending. According to the released depth chart. A.J. Bush is behind Fyfe should Ryker go down.
Other players listed out on Saturday include Michael Rose-Ivey, Luke Gifford, Kevin Williams and David Knevel. Alonzo Moore and Byerson Cockrell will miss the game due to personal reasons.
Byerson Cockrell will miss Saturday’s game because of a family tragedy, Riley said. Freshman Aaron Williams will get the start.— Michael Bruntz (@michaelbruntz) October 29, 2015
Nick Gates, Kevin Maurice, Chris Weber and Boaz Joseph should play, according to Riley.