By Clyde Hughes | AC JosepH Media
JACKSONVILLE – Millville’s RyQuell Armstead made the 53-man roster of the Jacksonville Jaguars and will be with the team with they open their season Sept. 8 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Armstead, a 2015 graduate starred for the Thunderbolts football team before going on to play at Temple. During his senior year at Millville, he rushed for 1,488 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior, including a school-record 337 yards against Absegami.
As a senior with the Owls, Armstead rushed for 1,098 yards rushing on 210 carries (5.2 average) and scored 13 touchdowns and was named first team All-American Athletic Conference despite injuries. Armstead finished his collegiate career as the Owls fourth-leading rusher with 2,812 yards and fourth in school history with 34 rushing touchdowns.
He was drafted by Jacksonville in the fifth round of the NFL Draft during the spring. During the preseason, he rushed the ball 22 times for 80 yards (3.63 yards per carry) and now has positioned himself to be the top backup to starter Leonard Fournette this season.
“He’s one of the guys who was in there early,” Jacksonville head coach Doug Marrone said on Thursday night, according to the Jaguars community website BigCatCountry.com. “He’s an intriguing guy. You know, he had that injury in training camp and that, I thought, really set him back a little bit. He was rolling really well in OTAs, and I know I left here, and I was really excited.
“He’s one of those guys that looks like the more he’s out there, the more he’s around, the better he gets. So, he’s one of those guys that when you have him on the field and he’s available all the time, he’s going to be pretty darn good,” he continued.
Millville H.S. athletic director David LaGamba shared the news about Armstead on Twitter.