Ranking the Big Ten’s top 5 quarterbacks for 2015

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Dec 27, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. (4) looks on before the game against the USC Trojans in the 2014 Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

4. Tommy Armstrong Jr., Nebraska

This is a guy who seems to be forgotten on more occasions than a few. Although Nebraska will be under the direction of a new head coach in 2015, Tommy Armstrong Jr. will still have quite the impact on offense.

Mike Riley, the new coach, will have his junior quarterback airing the ball out on a regular basis, seeing as that’s the type of offense he has run in the past. Expect Armstrong to showcase his strong arm and accuracy this season with a ton of work.

Under the teachings of Bo Pelini, Armstrong became one of the conference’s most reliable quarterbacks in the past couple of seasons despite flying under the radar completely. During his freshman season in 2013, Armstrong passed for just 966 yards, nine touchdowns and eight interceptions while leading the Cornhuskers to an average season with just a few starts under his belt.

In 2014, however, Armstrong really broke out as a sophomore, passing for 2,695 yards, 22 touchdowns and 12 interceptions while also rushing for over 700 yards and six scores.

Nebraska’s success will depend on his ability to improve his accuracy — which has been no higher than 53 percent in his career — and ability to learn the new system without any hiccups.

Armstrong could possibly contend for a top-three spot on this list by the end of the 2015 season, but it will be interesting to see if he can withstand a massive passing attack that Riley could impose on the Cornhuskers’ offense.

Next: 3. Christian Hackenberg, Penn State