After facing off against a top ACC quarterback in the form of North Carolina’s Sam Howell last Thursday, Pitt may be facing another in the form of Virginia’s Brennan Armstrong Saturday, but his status is still undetermined.
After exiting UVA’s loss to BYU two weeks ago with an undisclosed injury, Armstrong was unable to go for the Cavaliers’ 28-3 loss to Notre Dame last Saturday. According to The Daily Process’s Greg Madia, UVA head coach Bronco Mendenhall is praying that his quarterback’s status is closer to second-to-second than day-to-day.
#UVa coach Bronco Mendenhall says he hasn't seen Brennan Armstrong yet today, but is "praying" Armstrong's status is closer to second-to-second than day-to-day.
— Greg Madia (@GregMadia) November 15, 2021
With Armstrong sitting out against Notre Dame, Jay Woolfolk started for the Cavs against Notre Dame. Woolfolk, a freshman, made his first career start against the Irish, completing 18-of-33 passing attempts for 196 yards and two interceptions.
While UVA’s offense struggled against a good Notre Dame defense without Armstrong, even without their star, the Cavs’ offense is capable of scoring points in bunches. And with Armstrong active, they’re one of the top units in the country.
Armstrong has thrown for 3,557 yards and 27 touchdowns (eight interceptions) on 261-of-406 passing attempts this season, making a huge leap between his sophomore and junior seasons. In games that Armstrong has started this season, UVA is scoring just under 40 points per game.
With UVA closely guarding Armstrong’s status ahead of the Notre Dame game, the same will likely be the same leading up to Pitt this week.