Ryquell Armstead, RB, Temple #7

5112, 220, 4.45

Notes: From Millville, NJ. First name pronounced RAH-qwell. Coaches call him ‘Rock.’ Has a young daughter. Played in 11 games as a true freshman in 2015; rushed 51-191-2 (3.7 avg) and caught 2-7 receiving. Played in 13 games, rushed 156-919-14 (5.9 avg.) and caught 5-41 in 2016. In 13 games, despite a nagging toe injury throughout the season, he rushed 156-604-5 (3.9 avg.) and caught 14-75 in 2017. Played in 10 games, rushed 210-1,098-13 (5.2 avg.) and caught 8-52 in 2018.

Positives: Good all-around back with good vision, burst and feet. Runs hard. Quick and shifty. Good balance. Initiates contact with defenders. Good cutting ability and change of direction. Can make defenders miss. Has a knack for bouncing off tacklers. Can catch the ball. Above-average blocker. Picks up the blitz. Was very dynamic player when healthy in 2016. Tough, physical and competitive. Has played through injuries. Demonstrates maturity.

Negatives: Doesn’t truly stand out or wow you in any phase. Runs a bit more upright than you’d prefer. Lacks outstanding lower-body power. Not an elite breakaway threat. Has been hampered by injuries at times.

Summary: Not too flashy or truly outstanding, but solid in all phases when healthy.

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