Why UVA’s Brennan Armstrong isn’t playing against Notre Dame on Saturday



The Cavaliers will be without their talented quarterback as they face No. 9 Notre Dame.

Quarterback Brennan Armstrong did not start against Notre Dame on Saturday and was shown by the ABC broadcast on the sideline in street clothes as he has been ruled out of the game with a lingering rib injury.

In his place, freshman Jay Woolfolk is starting for the Cavaliers.

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Armstrong has enjoyed a breakout 2021 campaign, as he has completed 64.3 percent of his passes with 3,557 passing yards, 27 passing touchdowns and eight interceptions. He is tied for fifth in FBS in passing touchdowns and is second in passing yards.

Armstrong was injured during his team’s most recent game, a 66-49 loss to BYU on Oct. 30. Despite the bye week, he was unable to return in time to face the ninth-ranked Fighting Irish.

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Woolfolk is a three-star quarterback from Virginia. He was listed as the No. 834 overall prospect and No. 58 quarterback in the 2021 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings. So far this season, he has completed 2-of-6 passes for 35 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. He’s also rushed seven times for 44 yards.

According to Cavaliers Now, UVA coach Bronco Mendenhall had not provided an update on Armstrong’s injury or any information on a possible return. Instead, he had said it would likely be a game time decision.

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This could have been a matchup susceptible to a strong passing game, had Armstrong been able to play. Notre Dame has allowed 231.1 passing yards per game, the 65th-fewest in FBS, though the Fighting Irish have only allowed eight passing touchdowns to 12 interceptions. Notre Dame’s top defensive player, safety Kyle Hamilton, is out with a knee injury.


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