CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WFXR/Press Release) — For the first time in over a decade, a lefty will be throwing the ball for Virginia football.
Head coach Bronco Mendenhall announced Thursday morning that Brennan Armstrong will be the Cavaliers’ starting quarterback this season, beating out Mississippi State transfer Keytaon Thompson for the job.
Armstrong, a rising sophomore, served as the back-up QB behind Bryce Perkins for the last two seasons, appearing in 11 games for UVa. For his career, Armstrong is 17-of-25 passing for 258 passing yards and two scores. He has also rushed 16 times for 93 yards.
Under the NCAA redshirt rules, Armstrong retained his freshman season after appearing in only four games in 2018. In two of those games, Armstrong appeared in one series while Perkins was sidelined for a medical evaluation. On both occasions he led UVA on a scoring drive, which included a field goal against Louisville and a touchdown at Georgia Tech.
Armstrong will be the first left-handed UVA quarterback to start for the Cavaliers since Jameel Sewell started 32 career games for the Cavaliers over the 2006, 2007 and 2009 seasons.