Name: Brennan Armstrong
Hometown: Shelby, Ohio
Position: Quarterback (dual-threat)
Rating: *** (.8710 on 247 Composite)
Armstrong was one of the latest additions to the Virginia class of 2018, committing in late November. But he’s also one of the most important. Along with JUCO transfer Bryce Perkins, the arrival of Armstrong on Grounds signals a hard shift in the Cavalier offense toward a spread-to-run attack.
Our view from when Armstrong flipped to UVA from Minnesota:
This is what a Thorterback looks like. A left-handed thrower, Armstrong moves extremely well both in the pocket and downfield. “Deceptive speed” is a phrase I’ve seen used in several scouting reports and it seems accurate. He won’t necessarily jet by top-level defenders, but he’s got a good combination for a running QB: enough wheels to cause problems for linebackers and enough power to cause problems for defensive backs. His arm has got good zip to throw into tight windows and good touch on deeper throws. I’d like to see him work on throwing from a set base more consistently and securing the ball better when he scrambles, things that will no doubt be a point of emphasis under Jason Beck and Robert Anae. And adding 20ish pounds with Frank Wintrich will be another big priority for Armstrong to play his style of game against ACC-caliber defenders.
Even more good news for UVA: Armstrong will enroll in January along with Perkins, giving both of the likely 2018 starters a full session of spring practice with the team.
Welcome to Virginia, Brennan!