Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Welcome Back Ray-Ray Armstrong

The return of junior safety Ray-Ray Armstrong could not have come at a better time.  With Miami's defense lacking that power hitter, Armstrong is looking to fill that void.  The team travel's to Blacksburg, VA. this Saturday to face No. 21 Virginia Tech at 3:30 p.m. 

Armstrong is coming off a four-game suspension for his involvement with former UM booster Nevin Shapiro.  The team, and especially the fans, will welcome him back with open arms.  LB Sean Spence said Armstrong "brings a lot of energy back to the defense.  He is a playmaker...and he has been sitting waiting for this opportunity and I know he is happy it is over with."  Armstrong said of himself that he is "going to bring a lot of passion--hard, fast, and physical every game."  He claims that he "is ready to go out there and hit somebody..."  That is the attitude we need on this defense.  We need a motivator and a leader.  Seems like this has been lacking that ever since Ed Reed left. 

Armstrong finished the season last year with 79 tackles and 3 interceptions.  Before the season he was claimed by some to be the number one junior safety in the country--if not the number one safety in the nation.  Virgina Tech suffered a 23-3 loss at the hands of Clemson but has beaten Miami 4 of the last 5 times the two teams have met.  Tech ranks 34th in rushing offense while Miami ranks a dismal 104th against the run. 

Aside from being my favorite player on the team, Ray-Ray will certainly be an asset to our already soft defense.  Welcome back Ray-Ray, welcome back.