Ryquell Armstead, RB, Temple
Millville, NJ | 5114 | 205 | 4.50E | 2019
Has shown glimpses of potential throughout his Owls career and was called upon as a sophomore to step in for the injured Jahad Thomas—he proceeded to guide the offense, including a handful of performances where he literally carried the team to victory. Nothing spectacular about his game is going to wow you but he can do a little bit of everything. His run/catch/block ability are all above average and he demonstrates good vision. He shows stout leg strength despite his skinny legs but has dealt with a toe injury that has hindered him for the duration of 2017 and wasn’t able to rest it much due to the accumulation of injuries on the team in the backfield. He’s known to have a highly competitive demeanor. With another year of eligibility remaining, he’ll need a full season to prove that he can stay healthy and regain some of that explosiveness we saw as a sophomore in order to earn a draftable grade. Until then, he currently projects as an undrafted free agent.
2016: Started opening day vs. Army in place of Jahad Thomas and rushed for 77 yards and a touchdown … rushed for a career-high 210 yards on 20 carries and scored two TDs against USF including a 76-yard score that tied for the 8th longest run from scrimmage by an Owl since 1971 and the 210 yards ranks 13th in the record books.
2015: Was part of the 2015 recruiting class … debuted against Penn State, rushing four times for eight yards and making one catch for three yards … set season highs in carries and yards at Charlotte … started and scored first two career touchdown versus Tulane … played in 12 games and finished behind only Jahad Thomas with 51 carries … was one of three freshmen to see significant action, along with RB Jager Gardner and DB Delvon Randall.
High School: Played running back for coach Jason Durham at Millville (N.J.) High … rushed for over 2,500 yards in his career including 1,488 yards and 18 TDs as a senior when his team went 5-3 … holds the school single-game record with 337 rushing yards … lettered twice in football and three times in track … a three-time all-conference selection in track leading Millville to the county title in 2013-14.
Personal: Born Ryquell Keeman Armstead (pronounced: RAH-qwell) in Bridgeton, N.J. … parents are Tara Armstead and Rynell Lawrence … has a sister Rochelle Armstead (19) and brother Rynell Lawrence Jr. (16) … list of favorites include: SportsCenter (TV show), The Replacements (movie), and tacos (food) … criminal justice major.