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Draft Scout Ray Ray Armstrong News
03/16/13 - 2013 Miami Pro Day: Ray Ray Armstrong attempts return to game at Miamiís pro day...Representatives from 22 NFL teams gathered at the pro day held March 7 at Miami (Fla.), where 12 players participated in a workout that was held outdoors on grass. Ray Ray Armstrong, SS (6-3, 216) - Armstrong ran the 40-yard dash in 4.72 and 4.69 seconds, had a 4.24-second short shuttle and 7.20-second three-cone drill. He had a 34 1/2-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-8 broad jump. He also had 18 lifts of 225 pounds on the bench press. Armstrong was suspended for the 2012 season by the school after being involved in a compliance issue with a Miami booster. Armstrong is attempting to return to football after a year away from the game and could be mid-round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft, possibly as high as the fourth round. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
03/06/13 - This may not be the deepest class of Miami players eligible for the NFL draft, but there will still be 20 former players on hand for Thursday's pro day in Coral Gables. The event, closed to the public, will include 12 players from the 2012 Hurricanes. There will also be eight others with a few recognizable names on the list. Former UM quarterback Jacory Harris will be on hand along with ex-Cane safety Ray-Ray Armstrong. Armstrong was kicked off the team in July after multiple incidents threatened his NCAA eligibility. He did not play in 2012 after enrolling at an NAIA school in Alabama. His eligibility was denied by that governing body.
The pro day workouts include weight-room evaluations, the 40-yard dash and other football skills tests. The full roster of players involved: P Dalton Botts, LB Ramon Buchanan, RB Mike James, WR Davon Johnson, OL Ben Jones, OL Jeremy Lewis, CB Brandon McGee, DL Darius Smith, DB Andrew Swasey, S Vaughn Telemaque, WR Kendal Thompkins, K Jake Wieclaw, S Ray-Ray Armstrong, WR Ben Bruneau, WR Thearon Collier, RB Graig Cooper, QB Jacory Harris, LS Chris Ivory, DL Marcus Robinson, OL Andrew Smith - Michael Casagrande, The South Florida Sun Sentinel
11/14/12 - Finally, some good news for UM football fans from an underclassman. Albert Armstrong, the father of UM junior strong safety Ray-Ray, told the Miami Herald tonight that his son has decided to return for his senior season - unlike receiver Tommy Streeter, defensive tackle Marcus Forston and running back Lamar Miller. "Of course he's coming back. He loves Miami,'' said Albert Armstrong, who then called his son to make sure he could relay the information. "He didn't get the opportunity he needed personally this season to step out to the NFL. The [NCAA] suspension hurt. Of course we knew he was NFL-caliber talent and could go in one of those rounds, but we didn't test the water. Didn't pursue the NFL at all to see what his status would be. The plan all along was for him to come back, have fun and graduate. "He's excited about the opportunity to play again, get his degree and better himself all-around through coach [Al] Golden and his staff.'' CBSSports.com had Armstrong projected as the 77th top prospect for the 2012 NFL Draft, which would put him near the middle of the third round. Armstrong, a hard-hitting 6-4, 215-pounder with great speed, wears the late Sean Taylor's No. 26 and has often been compared to him. He was UM's top-rated signee in 2009. He led Sanford Seminole High to the Class 6A title as a quarterback and safety his senior year. Last year he finished third on the team in tackles with 79, and tied for a team-high three interceptions. This season Armstrong was suspended by the NCAA the first four games for accepting impermissible benefits from former UM booster Nevin Shapiro. - Manny Navarro, The Miami Herald
09/13/12 - The Armstrong situation is similar to the one current Philadelphia Eagles' running back Bryce Brown experienced a year ago, who, himself had originally committed to Miami. While highly regarded as a prep (like Armstrong), Brown bounced wound up signing with the Tennessee Volunteers. He played only one year there, however, before transferring to Kansas State . He elected to make himself eligible for the 2012 draft despite not rushing just three times for 16 yards for the Wildcats and finishing his collegiate career with a grand total of 476 rushing yards. Just as they may with Armstrong, scouts were forced to trust Brown's impressive athletic traits rather than have a great deal of tape to evaluate. Brown rewarded the Brown's 7th round gamble by making the team. Armstrong is currently listed as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 10 strong safety and 297th overall prospect for the 2013 draft. He's viewed as a potential 7th round to undrafted free agent, at this time. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
09/13/12 - Armstrong, whom my colleague Dane Brugler had annointed as the top prospect for the Hurricanes this season, experienced several run-ins with authorities over his early collegiate career. He was suspended for four games at the beginning of the 2011 season for accepting gifts from noted Miami booster Nevin Shapiro. He was later suspended for an additional game as the university reportedly investigated whether he'd committed more infractions as his girlfriend, who owns her own public relations firm that represents athletes, paid for his stay at a hotel in Miami Beach. While the 6-4, 215 pound Armstrong certainly has demonstrated a great deal of natural ability, for various reasons he's been unable to remain on the field. In the seven games in which he played last year, he posted 34 tackles and notched one fumble recovery and one interception. His best year to date came in 2010 when he posted 79 tackles and six passes defensed despite starting just three games. Given his off-field concerns and limited playing time, some teams will likely take Armstrong completely off their boards. If he is indeed ineligible to play college football again, Armstrong could have a hard time convincing folks at the Senior Bowl, East-West Shrine Game or any of the other senior all-star games to allow him to participate, meaning the only opportunity NFL scouts may have to evaluate him would be at the Scouting Combine -- if scouts deem him worthy of inviting in the first place. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com