Name: Andrew Armstrong
Hometown: Youngstown, Ohio
High School: Cardinal Mooney
2017 Stats: Played in all 12 games for the Syracuse Orange. Recorded 13 tackles and one recovered fumble.
2018 Projections: Expected to see a lot of time at the linebacker position and on special teams. Armstrong is the backup at MLB right now in the new 4-2-5 scheme, but he could play his way into the starting lineup before the season opener. Either way, he’ll see the field a lot more as the Orange look to replace Zaire Franklin, Parris Bennett, and Jonathan Thomas this fall.
What Did Recruiting Sites Say?: Three stars on 247 Sports, 2 stars on Rivals.
Money Quote: Last year, John got an opportunity to speak with Andrew about playing college football despite having type-1 diabetes. This insight shows the type of character that is important for a Syracuse team looking to get back to a bowl game.
“I just want people to know that even though I have this disease, I can still accomplish my dreams through hard work and dedication.”
Twitter feed: @strong_arms13
Tweets of Wonder: Psst... check the timestamp
DUB.— Andrew Armstrong (@strong_arms13) October 14, 2017
What Movie Would Dino Recommend for Him?: Dino needs leaders to take the Orange program back to glory. He’ll recommend “In the Shadow of the Moon”, the story of the Apollo 11 crew in their own words. It’s a story of trust and overcoming challenges and could serve to inspire the 2018 Syracuse team.
Interesting Nugget O’Interest: At Syracuse, Andrew has two people within the program Syracuse who are familiar with his condition. Head Football trainer Tim Pike has Type-1 diabetes as does DC Brian Ward’s daughter. Their understanding of what Andrew faces can provide him an effective support system.
Let’s Get a Good Look Atcha: Here’s Andrew demonstrating some of that hard work in the Syracuse weight room.