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Dec 27, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. (4) prepares to throw the ball against the USC Trojans during the first quarter in the 2014 Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Taking over for Taylor Martinez probably wasn’t the easiest thing Tommy Armstrong Jr. has ever had to do, but he’s been great since becoming the starting quarterback of the Cornhuskers two seasons ago.

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In his first season as starter in 2013, it was unclear what kind of quarterback he would be. He didn’t start the entire season, but fans got to catch a glimpse of what he was really capable of, passing for 966 yards and nine touchdowns while rushing for just over 200 yards and two scores.

Was he going to be a passing quarterback who ran the ball occasionally or was he going to be a true dual-threat? It happened to be the latter.

Last season, Armstrong Jr. passed for 2,695 yards and 22 touchdowns with 12 picks while rushing for another 705 yards and six scores. He is tough to really keep in the pocket and defenses have struggled with his unpredictable nature.

Nebraska has a new coach this season, Mike Riley, and it’s unclear whether he will use the junior quarterback and captain the same way as Bo Pelini did, but one thing is for sure: Riley likes to throw the ball.

Expect bigger numbers from Armstrong Jr. in an offense that will be relying on his success.

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