Name: Andrew Armstrong
Hometown: Youngstown, Ohio
High School: Cardinal Mooney
2018 Stats: Played in all 13 games for the Syracuse Orange with one start. Recorded 45 tackles with one interception and two recovered fumbles.
2019 Projections: He’s scheduled to be one of the starters at linebacker as the Orange replace the duo of Ryan Guthrie and Kielan Whitner. The Syracuse defense is counting on Armstrong’s experience to help the younger linebackers make the transition to college football.
What Did Recruiting Sites Say?: Three stars on 247 Sports, 2 stars on Rivals.
Money Quote: John got an opportunity to speak with Andrew about playing college football despite having Type 1 diabetes. Despite the challenges he faces and the time commitment of a Division 1 student-athlete, Andrew always welcomes opportunity to help others.
“I’m always anxious to reach out to other people that have my disease, talk to them one-on-one, let them know what I’m going through. It’s always nice whenever I get a chance to reach out to the type 1 community and speak out about it.”
Twitter feed: @strong_arms13
Tweets of Wonder: Andrew is a supporter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Central New York and his ability to perform on and off the field is inspiring to those with Type-1 diabetes
What Movie Would Dino Recommend for Him?: In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing, Dino goes with “Hidden Figures”. The story of African American mathematicians who worked behind the scenes at NASA to help these missions succeed. The message from Dino is that success is a result of everyone pulling together not just those in the spotlight.
Interesting Nugget O’Interest: Andrew was one of the 93 FBS players named to the preseason watch list for the 2019 Wuerffel Trophy. The award goes to the college football player who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement. In addition to his work with JDRF Andrew is one of the leaders of Syracuse’s Uplifting Athletes chapter.
Let’s Get a Good Look Atcha: Here’s Andrew with Kielan Whitner last season