Nebraska Football: Why Tommy Armstrong Shouldn't See the Field Again in 2013

Erin Sorensen@erinsorensenContributor INovember 23, 2013

STATE COLLEGE, PA - NOVEMBER 23:  Ron Kellogg III #12 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers rushes against the Penn State Nittany Lions during the game on November 23, 2013 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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The decision is whether or not to start quarterback Ron Kellogg III over current starter Tommy Armstrong for the remainder of 2013.

It shouldn't be too difficult of a decision, either. Kellogg should take the honor from Armstrong.

The 2013 season has been a rough one for the young Armstrong. With several interceptions and fumbles, he has fallen under a lot of scrutiny.

Additionally, head coach Bo Pelini confirmed during the postgame press conference, via the Omaha World Herald, that Armstrong has been playing on an injured ankle. In fact, Armstrong has been apparently dealing with that injury for weeks.

It is ultimately what took him out in the first quarter against Penn State.

Kellogg then went in and made a statement.

Despite a few mistakes, Kellogg stayed composed. His senior leadership kept the Huskers on track when things started to get away from the team.

His numbers were quiet but impressive, too.

Kellogg ended by completing 20 of 34 passes for 191 yards and one touchdown.

"I thought Ron handled it well," Pelini said in the postgame press conference, via the Omaha World Herald. "He has great leadership. ... He came in and played well."

However, Pelini then went on to say that he expects Armstrong to return for Iowa.

That would be a poor decision by the head coach.

With Armstrong's injury and struggles, keeping the redshirt freshman on the sidelines is the way to go.

It has less to do with proving a point and more to do with protecting the best interest of Armstrong and the team.

Kellogg provides a calm presence and senior leadership that the Huskers need. Plus, Kellogg graduates at the end of the season. Fan perception has little effect on the senior at this point.

As for Armstrong, the mistakes are only destroying his own confidence and fan confidence in him.

Armstrong is still developing. He will learn. The mistakes he is currently making will likely improve in time.

Is there a point in forcing that development, though?

With plenty of time ahead at Nebraska, Armstrong would benefit by sitting the rest of this season out. That doesn't mean 2014 couldn't be his year.

Instead, it's about getting Nebraska through the rest of 2013.

Kellogg has proved he can win games. Since he is capable of handling Nebraska's offense, why force Armstrong back when he may not be ready?

It's important to protect the future of Nebraska.

By starting Kellogg, it allows Armstrong to take a step back and grow.

The Big Ten Championship may not be on the line for Nebraska now, but there is still plenty to play for.

Kellogg is the player to lead the rest of the season. He may not be perfect, but his leadership is ultimately the key.

In the meantime, Armstrong can take the time needed to heal, grow and come back stronger for spring ball.

When Kellogg walked on at Nebraska, no one expected his career to end quite like it has.

Regardless, Kellogg has proved he can help get Nebraska through 2013.

That's exactly what the Huskers need.