|13 Joel Armstrong
Rice -- Came back from a foot injury that delayed his senior year, catching 31 passes over the final seven game.
2007: Finished fifth on the squad with 31 catches and 334 yards (both career highs), and his 4.4 catches per game average was second on the team. Topped 100 yards in receiving for the only time in his career in the season finale vs. Tulsa, finishing with 109... Caught his only touchdown pass of the year against Tulsa, the final score of 2007 and the only one by a Rice senior... Caught a career-high eight passes for 71 yards against Memphis... Made his season debut at Houston after missing the first five games of the season with a foot injury, breaking a string of 33 consecutive games played in his career ... caught two passes for 11 yards.... had played in every game since making his debut as a freshman against Texas in 2004.
2006: Proved his value at both at his new position (WR) and at the one he played his first two years (QB) at Rice while also blocking a punt for a safety at UTEP... As if that wasn't enough, he also practiced at cornerback prior to the Tulsa game... Owls active career leader with 3,141 yards of total offense, and needs 440 yards to crack the Owls' top 10 (Josh LaRocca totaled 3,580 from 1991-95)... Honorable Mention All C-USA by the league's coaches as WR... Set a school season mark by completing 58.6% of his passes (85-145) on the year (compared with a career 44% completion rate in his first two seasons)... Set a school single-game record by completing 35 of 54 passes vs. Troy in the New Orleans Bowl... Threw for 305 yards (career high), two touchdowns and five interceptions to set Rice bowl game marks for each... Made nine starts as a receiver and four as a quarterback, finishing the year with 135 yards rushing, 265 receiving and 948 passing... Totals for receiving and passing were career highs... In actuality, he played as a WR in only 7 ½ games (taking over at QB at UCLA on the Owls' third play and vs. ECU for the second half)... His 35.3 yards receiving in those games would rank second on the squad, while his 3.2 catches over that time frame would rank third... Opened the year at receiver against Houston (although he did line up at quarterback for one play) and caught his first career pass... Caught at least two in each of his other six starts at receiver... Started against UCLA at receiver for two plays and then missed the rest of the first half after an injury on a carry on his first play at QB... Came into the game in the second half at quarterback and threw for 65 yards and a score... Started at QB in the next two games (Texas and Florida State)... Was 18 of 28 (both career highs at that time) for 180 yards and a touchdown against the Longhorns... Completed nine of 24 for 128 yards and a touchdown against FSU... Returned to receiver the following week at Army and caught at least two passes in the next seven games... Caught six passes for 59 yards and his first receiving TD at Tulane... Caught a career-long, 47-yard pass against ECU before going back to quarterback after Chase Clement was injured... Made the start at QB against SMU and threw for a career-high 205 yards and three touchdowns, the last to Jarett Dillard with 4:05 left to clinch a bowl bid for the Owls... Threw for 510 yards in his last two starts at QB, which nearly matched his previous season-best effort (554 in 2005).
2005: Returning starter at quarterback, getting the opening nod in 10 of 11 games... Led the Owls in total offense with 100.8 yards per game... Second on the squad to all-conference running back Quinton Smith in rushing with 555 yards and six touchdowns in 149 attempts... Had a season-high 108 rushing yards against UCF, including a season-long 38-yard run... Scored twice on the ground against East Carolina... Completed 36 of 85 passes for 554 yards and four TDs... Threw for a career-best 185 yards against UCF, completing six of 12 passes... Had touchdown passes of 38 yards to Nick Aranda and 80 yards to Mike Falco against the Knights... That connection to Falco equaled the fourth-longest passing play in Rice history... Also threw for 103 yards in the win over Tulane, including a 52-yard TD pass to Falco.
2004: Started five games, including the last four of the seaon, to earn his first letter... Academic all-WAC selection...Rice's second-leading rusher with 608 yards and five touchdowns on 114 carries... Also threw for 341 yards and two touchdowns, completing 26 of 56 attempts with three interceptions... Rushed a season-best 138 yards on 14 carries in the win over SMU, and had 120 rushing yards against San Jose State... His 61-yard run against SMU was his longest of the season, and had seven other runs of at least 20 yards... Had 44-yard touchdown runs against both Texas and SJSU... Passed for 139 yards with a season-high nine completions at Tulsa, and had TD passes against Navy and UTEP... His 51-yard completion to Thomas Lott against Tulsa was his longest of the season.
High School -- 2003 graduate of Longview High in east Texas... Three-year starter for coach Pat Collins... All-east Texas and all-District 11-5A... Named Longview's offensive MVP... Passed for 1,271 yards and 13 touchdowns while rushing for 567 yards and 17 TDs as a senior in 2002... Led the Lobos to a 10-4 record and a trip to the 5A Division II quarterfinals as a senior... Also quarterbacked the team to a 7-5 ledger and Division II area finals as a junior... Totaled 3,764 yards and 27 TDs passing (217 completions in 486 attempts), and 1,699 yards and 26 TDs rushing in his career... Developed as a player by facing quality competition (the Tyler-Longview area ranked third in the state for producing Division I signees according to Texas Football)... Earned varsity letters in basketball and track... Regional qualifier in the 300-meter hurdles... Academic honors and activities include National Honor Society, FCA, and Who's Who Among American High School Students.
Personal -- Full name: Joel Lamont Armstrong... Born: Nov. 1, 1984, at Longview... Parents: J.L. and Gussie Armstrong (one brother, one sister)... Two cousins (Ricky Dudley and Earnest Hunter) both played in the NFL after college careers at Ohio State and Southeastern Oklahoma, respectively... Rice Major: economics.