Virginia quarterback Brennan Armstrong makes NFL draft decision
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Virginia quarterback Brennan Armstrong makes NFL draft decision

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After plenty of thought, Virginia quarterback Brennan Armstrong has come to a decision on the 2022 NFL draft. The fourth-year player will return for a fifth season with the Cavaliers in 2022, he announced in an Instagram video.

“Growing up playing sports in Ohio, it’s almost every kid’s dream to play at the pro level,” Armstrong began. “It’s been a long journey, but I’ve enjoyed every step of the way. I want to thank those who have been a part of my journey.

“First, thank you to my family and friends for the endless amount of love and support. I couldn’t have done it without you guys. To the coaches, thank you for believing in me and teaching me more than just playing football. To my teammates, you guys have been there every step of the way. The memories and bonds we’ve built I will cherish forever. To the UVA fans, thank you for making this place my home.

“…After a long talk with my family, I’m excited to announce I will be coming back to the University of Virginia and playing one more year.”

Armstrong had a career season, finishing with 4,444 yards passing and 40 total touchdowns. In just his second season as a starter, he led the Cavaliers to a 6-6 record and trip to the Fenway Bowl. Virginia ultimately was unable to play in that game because of COVID-19 concerns.

A three-star recruit in 2018, Armstrong was the No. 45 overall quarterback according to On3 Consensus, a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies.

The quarterback took over as a full-time starter for the Cavaliers in 2020, helping them to a 5-5 finish. Over nine games that season, he finished with 2,117 yards, 18 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Brennan Armstrong will have a great chance to improve his NFL draft stock if he can build on his impressive performance from this past season. Virginia opens 2022 against Richmond on Sept. 3.