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Name: Brennan Armstrong 
College: Virginia     Number: 5
Height: 6-1   Weight: 210
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Class/Draft Year: rSr/2023

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 Data Scout Notes: 2022: PManning/PUnitas/PMaxwell/PDaveyOBrien...2021: 2ndC...2020: NAC



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  Pittsburgh led Virginia 14-0 just 16 seconds into their game after Brennan Armstrong's first two passes were intercepted and returned for touchdowns. M.J. Devonshire's pick-6 went for 29 yards and Marquis Williams' for 39. It was each player's second interception return for TDs this season. The game was Pitt's first with two interception returns for TDs since Sept. 2, 2006, when Darrelle Revis and Clint Session had pick-6s against Virginia. It was a tough day for Armstrong. He was sacked eight times and finished 17 of 33 for 152 yards and a touchdown. Only two FBS quarterbacks have thrown more than Armstrong's 12 interceptions this season. - AP College Football

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  Brennan Armstrong helped Virginia overcome a difficult start in the first quarter to account for 349 yards of total offense and help the Cavaliers snap a three-game skid with a 16-9 victory over Georgia Tech on Thursday night. In a matchup of the two lowest-scoring teams in the ACC, Virginia (3-4, 1-3) avoided an 0-4 start in conference play for the first time since 2014. The Cavaliers stopped a five-game losing streak on the road. Georgia Tech (3-4, 2-2) had won two straight for the first time since it had a four-game streak four years ago and was trying to move above .500 at the latest point in a season since 2018. Though Virginia's offense hardly looked spectacular, Armstrong did enough to keep the team moving while the defense stalled Georgia Tech throughout the second half. Nick Jackson and Chico Bennett Jr., a transfer from Georgia Tech, led the way with a combined eight solo stops and had four of the team's eight sacks. Jackson had a big sack on the Georgia Tech's next-to-last possession to force a fourth down and drop the Jackets back to the 48 with 1:52 remaining.

Fentrell Cypress II broke up a fourth-down pass in Virginia territory. Armstrong was 20 of 35 passing for 255 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. He ran 13 times for 94 yards and a score. With quarterback Jeff Sims starting the game for Georgia Tech but sidelined in the second quarter because of an apparent left knee injury, Zach Gibson took over and led the offense to the Virginia 1. The Jackets couldn't get any farther, and Gavin Stewart kicked a 35-yard field goal that cut the lead to 13-9 at halftime. Gibson lost a fumble at the Georgia Tech 5 in the third quarter, but the Yellow Jackets' defense held when Lavel Davis dropped a touchdown pass in the left corner of the end zone, and the Cavaliers settled for a 28-yard field by Will Bettridge that padded the lead to 16-9. Dontayvion Wicks caught a 44-yard TD pass, weaving through several defenders down the left sideline to put the Cavaliers up 13-6 midway through the second when Bettridge missed the extra point. Armstrong broke Matt Schaub's school record with his 57th career TD pass. - Virginia/AP College Football


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  Brennan Armstrong threw for two touchdowns and ran for another and Virginia opened the Tony Elliott coaching era with a 34-17 victory against Richmond in the season-opener for both on Saturday. Armstrong hit Lavel Davis Jr. on a 56-yard touchdown for the Cavaiers' first score and Perris Jones for 11 yards to make it 34-17 early in the fourth quarter. On a career-long 64-yard scoring run in the first half, Armstrong also passed Bryce Perkins (7,910) to become Virginia's career total offense leader. Savon Smith scored on an 8-yard run and caught a 5-yard pass from Maryland transfer Reece Udinski for the Spiders' touchdowns. Richmond, of the Colonial Athletic Association and Championship Subdivision, fell to 3-30-2 in the series. Armstrong finished 21 of 33 for 246 yards and ran for 105 yards on 10 carries. Jones, who ran for 104 yards, also scored on a 15-yard run, and Mike Hollins had a 3-yard scoring burst. Virginia gained 246 passing and 259 rushing. Richmond finished with 330 yards. Armstrong reached 8,071 career yards. - Virginia/AP College Football

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  2022 PRESEASON JOHNNY UNITAS GOLDEN ARM AWARD WATCH LIST: Brennan Armstrong, Virginia,...A top-10 finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm a year ago, Armstrong returns to the awards watch list for the 2022 season. The namesake of the Golden Arm Award has a storied history. Johnny Unitas was an 18-year veteran of the NFL, who played his collegiate career at the University of Louisville before joining the Baltimore Colts in 1958. His career passing figures include 2,830 pass completions for 40,239 yards, 290 touchdowns and throwing a touchdown pass in 47 consecutive games. - Virginia Football

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  2022 PRESEASON MANNING AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Brennan Armstrong, Sr., Virginia,...Armstrong threw for 4,449 yards and 31 touchdowns while accumulating 4,700 yards of total offense in 2021, all UVA single season records. He averaged 404.4 yards passing per game, the most ever in a single season by a UVA quarterback and was just 145 yards shy of breaking the league's single season passing record in just 11 games played. - Virginia Football

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  Virginia quarterback Brennan Armstrong talked about his former position coach Jason Beck like someone talks about their ex-lover once they're in a new relationship. He expressed appreciation for his time with Beck but was quick to transition the conversation into talk of his current QB coach, Taylor Lamb. Lamb was hired in January after Beck departed Virginia for Syracuse football. "I grew up with (Beck) four straight years of my college career. He taught me a lot, but I think with coach Lamb now it's more of a partnership," Armstrong said. "I think the relationship I have with coach Lamb is a lot better in a sense because I feel like it's a partnership." Armstrong explained that the age difference between him and each coach plays a big part in the different feels of the relationships.

Beck is in his late 30s while Lamb is 27. Armstrong will turn 23 in October. "I wouldn't be in the position I am without (Beck) there and the staff that was there, but I'm just fortunate that I get to have a different person now with coach Lamb and gain more knowledge from someone else," Armstrong said. "That's the only thing you can really do is just keep getting more knowledge at playing the position." Armstrong was the No. 4 QB in the country last season. He threw for 4,449 yards and 31 touchdowns, completing 65% of his passes. The senior has already been named to watch lists for the 2022 Maxwell Award and Davey O'Brien Award, both of which he was a semifinalist for in 2021. - The Post-Standard


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  2022 PRESEASON MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: Brennan Armstrong, Virginia,... Named to 2022 preseason All-ACC Third-Team Offense by Athlon Sports and All-ACC Fourth Team by Phil Steele. 2021 - Maxwell Award semifinalist...Davey O'Brien Award semifinalist...Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Top 10 finalist...Manning Award Finalist...CFPA National Performer of the Year Trophy midseason watch list...Honorable Mention Phil Steele All-America team...Third Team All-ACC - Virginia Football

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  2022 PRESEASON DAVEY O'BRIEN NATIONAL QUARTERBACK AWARD WATCH LIST: Brennan Armstrong, Virginia, Sr., 6-2, 212, Shelby, Ohio,...The UVA signal caller is coming off a record-breaking year in which he broke UVA's single season passing yards, passing touchdowns, completions and total offense records. His 404.4 passing yards per game were the most ever by an ACC quarterback and he was only 145 yards shy of breaking the ACC's all-time single season passing record in just 11 games played. - Virginia Football

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  Virginia has more than a few NFL prospects on its 2022 roster, according to talent-evaluators at the East-West Shrine Bowl. On Wednesday, the annual postseason All-Star event released the East-West Shrine Bowl 1,000 to provide insight into the game's scouting process. Typically, 1,000 all-star game eligible players are drafted, signed after the draft or invited to a rookie camp, so the list features 1,000 of college football's best players who are eligible for this season's Shrine Bowl as well as the 2023 NFL Draft.

Seven Cavaliers-quarterback Brennan Armstrong, defensive end Kam Butler, linebacker Nick Jackson, cornerback Anthony Johnson, wide receiver Billy Kemp IV, safety Coen King and wide receiver Keytaon Thompson-were listed. Armstrong is the headliner of the group following the signal-caller's decision to return to school for a fifth season with the Hoos after setting the school's single-season passing record and mark for passing touchdowns last year. He was also invited to and in attendance at the Manning Passing Academy last month. - Charlottesville Daily Progress


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  His blunt assessment revealed plenty about the transition. Virginia wrapped up spring drills Saturday with its Blue-White Game and before Cavaliers senior quarterback Brennan Armstrong departed Scott Stadium, he answered a question regarding the togetherness of the Hoos' veteran nucleus in the aftermath of new coach Tony Elliott's first spring. Armstrong said UVa's core is much tighter, and his response left no doubt about how those older, experienced players have embraced the fresh direction Elliott has for the program. "There's a lot of things new," Armstrong said, "but I tell them it has to be new. 'What we did last year was 6-6, guys,' and we're all trying to buy into that." Elliott said Armstrong has believed in him and his staff since they arrived.

The quarterback made frequent visits to the McCue Center for film study in an effort to learn Elliott and new offensive coordinator Des Kitchings' system prior to the start of spring practices. The left-handed signal-caller furthered his quest to accelerate the process, according to his coach, throughout those sessions, too. "I'm proud of Brennan," Elliott said. "He made a decision to come back and then some of his buddies decided not to come back, but he still stuck with it. He had to do the best that he could, and I saw him just lead and grow as a leader." - Charlottesville Daily Progress


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  Quarterback Brennan Armstrong, awaiting a grade from the NFL's draft advisory board, has no plans to transfer from Virginia. Armstrong, who attended new UVA football coach Tony Ellliott's introductory press conference Monday, said he'll either turn pro or return to the Cavaliers. "I don't think I'm ever transferring," said Armstrong. "I'm not going to transfer. It's either here or the NFL. Me and Coach Elliott will sit down and talk about a bunch of stuff and figure things out, and then make my decision off that." This season, his second as UVA's starting quarterback, Armstrong has set school records for passing yards (4,449), total offensive yards (4,700) and touchdown passes (31). He led the Cavaliers to a 6-2 start before suffering a rib injury during a road loss to BYU on Oct. 30. - Charlottesville Daily Progress

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  2021 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL THIRD TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): QB - Brennan Armstrong, Virginia, 68 votes,...Armstrong assaulted the UVA record books setting the program's single season marks for passing yards (4,449), total offense (4,700) and passing touchdowns (31). His 4,449 passing yards are the second-most in the country and the fourth most in ACC history (144 yards shy of the ACC single season record). He is averaging 404.5 yards per game, no ACC quarterback has ever averaged more than 348 yards per game in a year. His 427.3 yards of total offense per game is tops in the country. He was been named ACC Quarterback of the Week four times in 2021. - Virginia Football

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  Brennan Armstrong threw four touchdown passes and ran for two more scores and Virginia rallied from a slow start and beat Georgia Tech 48-40 on Saturday night, the Cavaliers' fourth straight victory. Armstrong connected with Dontayvion Wicks for touchdowns of 13 and 77 yards, Billy Kemp IV from a yard out and Ra'Shaun Henry from 20 yards. He scored on runs of 4 and 14 yards as the Cavaliers (6-2, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) rallied after trailing 13-0 midway through the first quarter. Coach Bronco Mendenhall was delighted with how his offense performed - "There's lots and lots of production happening out there. Super fun to watch," he said after the Cavaliers rolled up 636 yards. He was less enamored of his special teams and defense, which allowed the Yellow Jackets to turn Virginia's 48-27 lead into a nail-biter at the end by recovering a pair of onside kicks.

His players weren't thrilled with that turn of events either. "You know, coming into the fourth, I can't remember how much we were up, but we were we were up a lot so giving up those two onside kicks in and having our defense come back out and not play well was definitely, definitely not great," defensive back Coen King said. Wicks said the win was the most important thing, but in the locker room afterward, "being that it didn't have to go like that, it was a little accountability." Jeff Sims threw for 300 yards and three touchdowns and Jahmyr Gibbs ran for 132 yards, including a 71-yard TD burst, for the Yellow Jackets (3-4, 2-3), who lost for the 13th time in their last 15 visits to Scott Stadium. - Virginia/AP College Football


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  OCT 18 ACC QUARTERBACK OF THE WEEK: Brennan Armstrong, Virginia, Jr., QB, Shelby, Ohio,...Earned his fourth ACC Quarterback of the Week honor of the season after leading the Cavaliers in Saturday's 48-0 win over Duke ... Despite playing only three quarters, passed for 364 yards (25-of-45), including two touchdown tosses in the first half ... Rushed for 34 yards, including a scrambling TD run from 7 yards out in the second quarter as UVA built a 34-0 halftime lead ... Passed for 19 first downs and six of his completions covered of 20-or-more yards ... Armstrong has passed for more than 300 yards in all six games this season. - ACC Football

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  Brennan Armstrong threw for two first-half touchdowns and ran for another and Virginia scored on all six possessions before halftime in a 48-0 victory over Duke, it's seventh straight in the series. Armstrong hit Dontayvion Wicks on a 20-yard corner route and Jelani Woods with five seconds left in the first half as the Cavaliers (5-2, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) built a 34-0 lead. The touchdown just before halftime came as intermittent rain began to fall more significantly, sending fans to the exits.

The victory margin was the Cavaliers' largest since they beat VMI 49-0 in 2013, and largest in an ACC game since they beat Miami 48-0 in 2007. Earlier in the season, after opening with two impressive wins, the Cavaliers defense was maligned after allowing 699 yards in a 59-39 loss to North Carolina and then losing 37-17 at home against No. 16 Wake Forest. "We're just playing more physical. We're playing with more passion. We're having fun out there," linebacker Nick Jackson said. "We just got back to going out there and having fun and we're celebrating and having fun, just doing our little things." The Blue Devils (3-4, 0-3) arrived third in the league with an average of 496.8 yards of offense, but mounted just one drive in the first half. It ended when Matt Alswanger banged a 25-yard field goal attempt off the left upright. A fourth-and-5 pass from the Cavaliers' 19 was batted down in the third quarter. - Virginia/AP College Football


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  OCT 11 ACC QUARTERBACK OF THE WEEK: Brennan Armstrong, Virginia, Jr., QB, Shelby, Ohio,...Earned his third ACC Quarterback of the Week honor of the season after leading the Cavaliers to a 34-33 come-from-behind victory at Louisville ... Trailing 30-13 entering the fourth quarter, Armstrong directed UVA to three touchdowns, including his game-winning 1-yard toss to TE Grant Misch with 22 seconds remaining ... Twice converted fourth-down throws (16 and 17 yards) ... Threw for 183 yards during the fourth quarter ... Completed 40 of 60 passes on the day for 487 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions ... Passing total was the second-highest in school history and marked the fourth time this season he passed for more than 400 yards in a game ... Finished with 518 yards of total offense, second in UVA record books only to his school-record 538 yards at North Carolina earlier this season. - ACC Football

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  Virginia caught a break. Miami didn't. And in the end, the Cavaliers needed every second to escape with a win. Dontayvion Wicks had a circus catch for a touchdown, Brennan Armstrong passed for 268 yards and Virginia added to Miami's struggles by beating the Hurricanes 30-28 on Thursday night. "I'm so happy for my team," Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall said. Miami freshman kicker Andy Borregales missed a 33-yard field goal try as time expired, the ball bouncing off the left upright. The Hurricanes drove 75 yards in 14 plays on their final drive, almost stealing a game they never led and in which they trailed 27-14 in the third quarter. "Got to put him in a better situation. Offense has got to score," said Miami running back Cam'Ron Harris, who rushed for 111 yards and a pair of touchdowns. "We shouldn't have put him in that situation." Armstrong - who came into the game leading the nation in passing yards per game, averaging 426 per contest - completed 25 of 44 passes for the Cavaliers (3-2, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference). Wayne Taulapapa and Mike Hollins had rushing touchdowns for Virginia and Miami native Mendy Alonso came up with a sack for a safety for the Cavaliers in the first quarter, two points that loomed very large at the end. "We played together," Armstrong said. "We never backed down from anything." - Virginia/AP College Football

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  SEPT 13 ACC QUARTERBACK OF THE WEEK: Brennan Armstrong, Virginia, Jr., QB, Shelby, Ohio,...Earned second straight ACC Quarterback of the Week honor following a career day in the Cavaliers' 42-14 victory against Illinois ... Completed 27 of 36 pass attempts for 405 yards and five touchdowns ... Passing yardage was the fourth best single-game total in UVA history ... Became just the second Cavalier to throw for 400+ yards and five touchdowns in a game ... Completed a career-high 27 passes ... Also caught a pass for the first time in his UVA career, gaining 18 yards on the play ... Had nine pass completions of at least 20 yards ... Currently leads the ACC in total offense (387.50 ypg.) and passing (372.0 ypg.). - Atlantic Coast Conference Football

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  After seeing his offense start slowly in its season-opening win over William & Mary, Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall designed his practices this week to correct that. The offense came quickly as Virginia scored touchdowns on its first two possessions Saturday against Illinois on its way to a 42-14 win. "I have a belief that we're designed for the results we get," Mendenhall said. "And so we just flipped the script." Brennan Armstrong threw for five touchdowns and became the third quarterback in program history to pass for over 400 yards as Virginia snapped a 9-game regular-season losing streak in non-conference games against Power Five opponents.

Armstrong threw for 171 yards and two touchdowns in the opening quarter, connecting with tight end Jelani Woods for a 32-yard score and wide receiver Dontayvion Wicks from 28-yards out, for a 14-0 lead while many fans were still filing into the stadium for the unusual 11 a.m. kickoff. Armstrong went 27 for 36 for 405 yards, joining Kurt Benkert (who did it twice) and Marc Verica as Virginia quarterbacks who surpassed 400 yards in a game. Wicks finished with a pair of touchdown catches for Virginia (2-0). - Virginia/AP College Football


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  SEPT 6 ACC CO-QUARTERBACK OF THE WEEK: Brennan Armstrong, Virginia, Jr., QB, Shelby, Ohio,...Keyed the Cavaliers' offense in their 43-0 victory to open the season against William & Mary ... Finished the game completing 21 of 31 pass attempts for 339 yards - a school record for a season opener ... Had scoring throws of 5 and 65 yards and ran for a pair of scores from 2 and 3 yards ... The 24 points for which he was responsible tied for fourth in the nation ... Second time in his career he has thrown for more than 300 yards in a game ... Completed 11 of 13 passes for 257 yards in the second half (an average of 23.4 yards per completion) ... Ranks No. 18 in the nation in passing efficiency (180.89). - ACC Football

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  Brennan Armstrong threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more and Virginia beat William & Mary 43-0 on in the opener for both teams Saturday night. Armstrong hit Demick Starling on a 65-yard scoring pass and Ra'Shaun Henry from five yards out. It was Henry's fifth touchdown in eight catches at Virginia. Freshman Darius Wilson started at quarterback for William & Mary in place of Hollis Mathis, still recovering from shoulder surgery, and got a rude welcome to the college game.

He completed nine of 15 passes, but for just 83 yards, and ran for 29 yards on six carries. The Tribe managed just 183 yards. "Darius' first start against an FBS team, you've got to give him some credit," Tribe coach Mike London said. "There's some things he's got to get better at and we've got to help him to make sure he uses his arms and his legs." Armstrong, who scored on runs of 2 and 3 yards, completed 20 of 30 attempts for 336 yards. The Cavaliers finished with 545 total yards. "He's a veteran quarterback that knows their scheme and knows their system," Tribe coach Mike London said of Armstrong. "I knew he was a good football player and he proved it today." - Virginia/AP College Football


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  Brennan Armstrong's first season as Virginia's starting quarterback opened slowly. Thanks to a strong second half, the Cavaliers' signal caller landed on the preseason 2021 Maxwell Award watch list. The Maxwell Award is given annually to college football's top player. The watch list was announced Monday, and Armstrong is one of eight ACC quarterbacks to make the list. A total of 80 players appear on the watch list, with 13 coming from the ACC.

The left-handed quarterback made some impressive plays against Duke, Clemson and N.C. State in his first three collegiate starts last season, but he also fired six interceptions compared to five touchdown passes and suffered a concussion in the first half against the Wolfpack. After a one-game absence due to the concussion, Armstrong played well late in the year. He tossed only five interceptions over the final six games of the season and scored 17 total touchdowns. On the season, Armstrong threw for 2,117 yards in nine games. He threw 18 touchdowns compared to 11 interceptions and rushed for over 500 yards and five touchdowns. - Charlottesville Daily Progress


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  Armstrong did it all for UVa on Saturday evening. He threw for 287 yards and a touchdown while adding another 130 yards and a score on the ground. UVa's quarterback has been playing his best football of the season recently. - Charlottesville Daily Progress

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  Brennan Armstrong threw for a touchdown and ran 60 yards for another Saturday as Virginia beat Boston College 43-32 for its first victory ever against the Eagles. Armstrong carried the ball 17 times and finished with 130 yards, including the 60-yarder in which he ran through the left side of the line and outran several defenders to the end zone, leading the Cavaliers (5-4, 4-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) to their fourth straight victory. He passed for another 287 yards, including a 47-yard TD to Ra'Shaun Henry.

The Eagles (6-5, 5-5) played without injured starting quarterback Phil Jukovec and top running back David Bailey. Dennis Grosel filled in admirably, throwing for 520 yards and four scores, but two interceptions turned into 95-and 80-yard touchdown drives. The Cavaliers also got scoring runs of 10 and 43 yards from backup quarterback Keytaon Thompson and one from Waye Taulapapa as they piled up 262 rushing yards and 59 in all. Virginia led 20-17 at halftime and scored the first 16 points after halftime. - Virginia/AP College Football


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  Brennan Armstrong threw for 383 yards and four touchdowns and Virginia beat Abilene Christian 55-15 on Saturday night. Armstrong completed just 16 passes, but the scoring throws covered 28 yards to Tony Poljan, 90 yards to Lavel Davis Jr., 56 yards to Keytaon Thompson and 52 yards to Ra'Shaun Henry as the Cavaliers made quick work of their Southland Conference foe. The Wildcats (1-5), who have had two games canceled because their scheduled opponents had coronavirus-related issues, were a late addition to Virginia's schedule when other nonconference options fell through, and they were clearly overmatched.

The Cavaliers (4-4) started slowly, but a 33-yard run by Armstrong got their offense untracked, and his 28-yard pass to Poljan got them on the board late in the first quarter. They ended the quarter with Armstrong hitting Davis over the middle, and the 6-foot-7 freshman outran cornerback Christopher Satterfield for the 90-yard score. Shane Simpson scored on a pair of 1-yard runs in the second quarter, the second to cap a 64-yard drive that used the last 30 seconds of the half. It came after the Wildcats drove for their first points of the night on Stone Earle's 2-yard pass to Kobe Clark. Earle was making his first start and just his second appearance. He finished 19 of 31 for 150 yards and also ran 13 times for 20 yards. - Virginia/AP College Football


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  Brennan Armstrong ran for two touchdowns and passed for another and Virginia beat Louisville 31-17 on Saturday in a game that was pushed back a week by a COVID-19 outbreak among the Cardinals. Armstrong scored on runs of 8 and 9 yards, the latter with 4:29 remaining to give Virginia (3-4, 3-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) a two-score cushion. He also hit Lavel Davis Jr. with a 9-yard scoring pass that gave the Cavaliers a 21-10 lead in the third quarter.

Quarterback Malik Cunningham gave the Cavaliers fits all day as he ran for a career-high 197 yards for the Cardinals (2-6, 1-6), but his first-quarter interception was returned 85 yards for a touchdown by Noah Taylor and he had the ball ripped out of his hands by Nick Grant at the end of 27-yard run, setting up Armstrong's second rushing score. The Cardinals were without seven players, but did not detail if any of the missing were COVID-related. Cunningham, who ran 20 times, was 13 for 21 throwing the ball for 161 yards. Armstrong, who rushed for 60 yards, finished 15 for 23 for 203 yards with an interception. - AP College Football


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  In the team's 40-23 loss to Wake Forest, which Armstrong missed with a concussion, the offense lacked consistency at the quarterback position. As a passer, runner and leader, Armstrong brings all three when he's under center. "Brennan Armstrong, the way that he led this team today was just ridiculous," running back Wayne Taulapapa said after Saturday's win. With Armstrong spearheading the charge, Taulapapa believes more offensive fireworks sit on the horizon. UVa scored a season-high in points Saturday, scoring its most points against a top-25 team since dropping 48 on West Virginia in the 2002 Continental Tire Bowl. It's the first time UVa surpassed 40 points in an ACC game since a 48-14 victory over Duke last October. "I think this is the offense that we truly are," Taulapapa said. "We just got to show it every game." A healthy Armstrong remains critical for UVa's offensive hopes. His status moving forward dramatically affects the team's chances at ending the fall with a winning record. When he's on the field, the Cavaliers play their best football. - Charlottesville Daily Progress

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  With his team's lead dwindling and his defense getting weary, Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall knew an extended drive might be just what the Cavaliers needed to hang on against No. 15 North Carolina's high-octane offense. A 15-play drive that took more than nine minutes off the clock and ended with a field goal gave the Cavaliers a 44-34 lead, which proved to be just enough. Virginia held on to snap a four-game skid, beating the Tar Heels 44-41 on Saturday night. The drive reached the Tar Heels' 10 before a third-down sack forced Virginia to settle for Brian Delaney's 35-yard field goal.

Brennan Armstrong threw for three touchdowns and ran for another, and Virginia scored 28 consecutive points before the exciting finish to its fourth straight win over the Tar Heels. Armstrong hit Shane Simpson for 71 yards, Ra'Shaun Henry for 18 and Tony Poljan for 17, the latter giving the Cavaliers (2-4, 2-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) a 41-20 lead with 5:34 left in the third quarter. Two quick North Carolina touchdowns then made it interesting. The Tar Heels (4-2, 4-2) rallied behind a fantastic performance from quarterback Sam Howell and receiver Dyami Brown. The pair hooked up for three of Howell's four touchdown passes, covering 54, 10 and 13 yards, the last two with 51 seconds left in the third quarter and then with 13:09 left in the game. - AP College Football


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  Starting quarterback Brennan Armstrong is day-to-day for the Cavaliers after suffering a concussion Saturday against N.C. State. There's a chance he plays Saturday, but it's no guarantee. Should he miss the game, Lindell Stone will receive the starting nod. Stone completed 30 of his 54 passes Saturday in relief of Armstrong, throwing for 240 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. Mississippi State transfer Keytaon Thompson is expected to remain at wide receiver for the time being. "Very, very early on, he had a shoulder injury that was aggravated," Mendenhall said of Thompson's fall camp performance. "That really precluded him from being able to play that position effectively at that time." The Cavaliers want Thompson, who is an exceptional athlete, on the field, so he made the move to wide receiver while dealing with shoulder pain. It appears he'll remain there with Stone acting as the primary backup for the Wahoos should Armstrong miss time. - Charlottesville Daily Progress

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  Despite starting the game 1-for-8, Virginia quarterback Brennan Armstrong developed into a rhythm. He finished the game completing 24 of his 43 passes for 270 yards and three touchdowns. He also tossed a pair of interceptions. On the ground, Armstrong ran hard. The quarterback carried the ball 22 times for 89 yards, showing a willingness to rush the ball to pick up first downs for the Wahoos. "I knew coming into the game, just don't be afraid to tuck and run it," Armstrong said. "I was ready mindset wise to go do that."

In just his second collegiate start, Armstrong went into Death Valley and helped guide an offensive attack to more than 400 yards. Since the start of last season, the only other quarterbacks to help an offense surpass 400 total yards against Clemson are Justin Fields of Ohio State and 2020 NFL Draft No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow, who played collegiately at LSU. "He did amazing," Mendenhall said. "Brennan is tough mentally and physically. The stage wasn't too big, the team wasn't too good. I was really pleased with his mindset, his execution, his leadership. He did a really nice job." - Charlottesville Daily Progress


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  Virginia quarterback Brennan Armstrong has only started one game in his college career, but Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has seen enough to compare him to an all-time great. Swinney said Armstrong looked like "a young Steve Young out there" last Saturday in Virginia's 38-20 win over Duke. The sophomore completed 24 of 45 passes for 269 yards against the Blue Devils, with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Armstrong also rushed for 47 yards and a score. "He's a challenge. He's a problem. He's a really good player," Swinney said. "He looks like a young Steve Young out there. Lefty, crafty, creative, extends plays, tough runner, really good size, accurate thrower, really has no fear. Puts the ball up and trusts his guys to make competitive plays."

Young, a three-time Super Bowl champion and Pro Football Hall of Famer, was named the NFL MVP in 1992 and 1994. He starred at BYU before beginning his NFL career and is also in the College Football Hall of Fame. Armstrong will obviously have a tough time reaching any of those accolades, but Tigers defensive coordinator Brent Venables echoed Swinney in stating that he was impressive in his first start. "I thought Armstrong really had a lot of poise and managed the game well and played really big when they needed him to," Venables said of the 6-foot-2, 215 pounder. "He's a tough guy to emulate, just his sheer size. He's a big athlete back there that can throw it and run it both, so a tough guy to emulate to say the least." - The State


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  The Brennan Armstrong era at Virginia began Saturday. It went how you might expect a redshirt sophomore's first college start to go. Throughout the night, the left-handed quarterback had highs and lows. He completed 24 of his 45 passes for 269 yards. He found freshman wide receiver Lavel Davis Jr. for two touchdowns, but he also tossed two interceptions. On the ground, Armstrong showcased quickness and a willingness to lower his shoulder. He turned 10 carries into 47 yards and a touchdown. Armstrong's debut ended with a victory, and he showcased raw talent, but there's plenty to work on ahead of next week. "He's tough, he's competitive and he's resilient," Mendenhall said. "It was a slow start. Momentum was being generated with every repetition and there's lessons that were being learned the whole step of the way." - Charlottesville Daily Progress

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  Brennan Armstrong and Lavel Davis Jr. teamed up on a pair of early fourth-quarter touchdown passes and Virginia rallied past Duke, 38-20, on Saturday night. Armstrong hit Davis, a freshman, on an 18-yard fade route in the left corner of the end zone to give the Cavaliers (1-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) a 24-20 lead. After Joey Blount's interception, he hit him for 26 yards, with Davis pulling away from two Duke defenders about eight yards from the end zone and powering his way in. The Blue Devils (0-3, 0-3), whose games have all come in the season debut of their opponent, turned the ball over seven times after hurting their cause with five turnovers last week in a loss to Boston College.

Their start is their worst since the 2010 team lost its first six games. Wayne Taulapapa ran for a pair of touchdown for the Cavaliers, including a 10-yard burst with about 5 minutes left that put the game away. It came after Duke backup quarterback Gunnar Holmberg fumbled the ball on a fourth-and-1 play from the Blue Devils' 29. Armstrong finished 24 for 45 for 269 yards in his first career start with two interceptions. Taulapapa gained 95 yards, a career-high, on 16 carries. The Cavaliers have now won six straight in the series. - AP College Football


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  For the past two seasons as Virginia's backup quarterback, Brennan Armstrong's routine on game days consisted mostly of watching Bryce Perkins confound defenses. Armstrong would be certain to pay attention, though, to how the Cavaliers' dynamic dual-threat starter commanded the huddle, earning supreme respect and confidence from teammates and coaches. He especially admired Perkins's poise in the pocket when chaos unfolded around him. Those qualities and then some came via meticulous preparation, Armstrong observed, over countless hours of quarterback meetings and film study, allowing Perkins to be ready for virtually any contingency. "The one thing I picked up with Bryce was he did not let a lot of time go to waste," Armstrong said. "When we have school, we have school, but when we didn't, it was trying to get with the receivers and dial in a few things. Obviously we're different styles of leadership, but he didn't waste time. "That's one thing I try to carry over with my leadership style." - Baltimore Sun

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  When Bryce Perkins graduated, Brennan Armstrong assumed the role of the Virginia football team's No. 1 quarterback. When Bronco Mendenhall brought in Mississippi State transfer Keytaon Thompson over the offseason, the No. 1 spot became a toss-up. While the starting quarterback for the 2020 fall season is still to be determined, Armstrong holds the edge through the first two weeks of camp. "Right now the slight nod would go to Brennan Armstrong if I was choosing today," Mendenhall said Friday, "but we're four weeks out."

Armstrong holds an advantage in understanding the offense, having spent years learning Robert Anae's offensive system. The left-handed quarterback draws praise from teammates for elite spatial awareness and feel. While Armstrong isn't Perkins, he moves well in and out of the pocket. He can tuck the football and run, keeping quarterbacks runs within the offensive design should he earn the starting nod come September. Players like Armstrong, who is becoming more vocal as a leader, and he's a reliable and promising option at the position. - Charlottesville Daily Progress


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  The key returner in the position group is Brennan Armstrong. He served as Perkins' backup a season ago, and he's expected to be in contention for the starting quarterback job in 2020. Armstrong, a left-handed quarterback from Ohio, enters his third season in the program as a redshirt sophomore. He's an accurate passer with a good understanding of what's going on around him. While he isn't Perkins in terms of athletic ability, Armstrong possesses solid quickness as a runner and he's considered a dual-threat quarterback. He won't break off 70-yard touchdown runs like Perkins, but Armstrong can move the chains with his legs. - Charlottesville Daily Progress

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