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Ray Ray Armstrong, SS

School: Miami (Fla.)  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Sanford, FL
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 216 lbs.
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03/16/2013 - 2013 Miami Pro Day: Ray Ray Armstrong attempts return to game at Miami's 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

03/06/2013 - 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

11/14/2012 - 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

09/13/2012 - 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

09/13/2012 - Ray Armstrong was supposed to be the next big thing at Miami. Instead, after being suspended for five games a year ago, he elected to transfer to tiny Faulkner University, where he'd hoped a big 2012 season might steady his falling draft stock. Instead, Armstrong could find being drafted at all prove difficult after he was ruled ineligible by the NAIA, which could end his collegiate career, altogether. As part of Faulkner's official release on the news of Armstrong's denial, athletic director and head football coach Brent Barker expressed disappointment in the ruling, noting that Armstrong was a 3.0 student and was only one credit shy of his degree in sports management. "We respect the great job the NAIA Eligibility Center does for our student-athletes, but we thought Ray Ray's situation was unique and unprecedented, and deserved a positive ruling. I most of all hate it for him, because he has fit in so well on our campus with our student body and has really been a leader in our locker room with a lot of our younger players. I think he realizes Faulkner is a special place, and I think he'll always have fond memories of this football program." - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

09/13/2012 - 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

09/11/2012 - Former Miami Hurricanes free safety Ray Ray Armstrong has been declared ineligible to play his senior season at Faulkner University. The NAIA Eligibility Center declared the former Hurricanes starter ineligible Tuesday. Miami kicked Armstrong off the team in July after he wasn't honest during an internal investigation. He was suspended for four games to start last season because he broke NCAA rules by accepting gifts from a former Miami booster. He missed another game while the school checked if other violations were committed when Armstrong had dinner with a friend who works in a public relations firm that handles professional athletes. Armstrong is just one class shy of a sports management degree. NAIA rules bar any athlete "who has been permanently banned in a given sport at any four-year institution." - AP Sports

09/11/2012 - The college football career of former Miami safety Ray-Ray Armstrong appears to be over. The NAIA officially declared the Sanford, Fla., product ineligible Tuesday after nearly a month's wait. Armstrong had been attending Faulkner University in Montgomery, Ala., after being kicked off the Miami team in late July. According to a news release from Faulkner, the NAIA did not grant Armstrong his senior season because UM had declared him ineligible for NCAA competition. The NAIA rule book has a stated policy on the matter: "Any student who has completed eligibility or who has been permanently banned in a given sport at any four-year institution, either NAIA-affiliated or other, shall have no eligibility remaining in that sport within the NAIA," the rule book reads. "Such a student cannot regain eligibility in that sport at an NAIA institution."According to Faulkner, Miami tried to get Armstrong reinstated so he could play at the new school, but the NCAA ruled UM did not have that authority. "We're disappointed in the ruling, obviously," Faulkner athletics director and head football coach Brent Barker said in the news release. "We respect the great job the NAIA Eligibility Center does for our student-athletes, but we thought Ray Ray's situation was unique and unprecedented, and deserved a positive ruling. "I most of all hate it for him, because he has fit in so well on our campus with our student body and has really been a leader in our locker room with a lot of our younger players." - Michael Casagrande, The South Florida Sun Sentinel

08/16/2012 - Dismissed from the University of Miami football team last month, star safety Ray-Ray Armstrong went through his first practice with a new team Wednesday. Afterward, Armstrong would only talk about his hopes at Faulkner University and not about what happened with the Hurricanes or how it might affect his NFL future. "I'm focused on Faulkner University right now," Armstrong said. "The NFL can wait. I'm just focusing on bettering myself as a person and a player. "I made some bad decisions (at Miami), but I want to focus on the future. What's done is done. That's in the past. I'm focused on Faulkner University." Faulkner inherits a player with a troubled past with the Hurricanes. Armstrong was suspended three times in the last year. He missed the first four games of the 2011 season and didn't play in November against Florida State after improper contact with agents, according to reports. Miami suspended him indefinitely in late June after he reportedly Tweeted about a meeting with a booster and kicked him off the team in mid-July. "I believe I've grown a lot," Armstrong said. "I recognize what I did wrong and I'm going to do my best to put my best foot forward from here on out." Faulkner coach Brent Barker said the Eagles probed Armstrong's past and that reviews of Armstrong were good. "He really didn't do a whole lot wrong, more than anybody else in life," Barker said. "From the people I asked about him, they've said nothing but positive things." - A. Stacy Long, The Montgomery Advertiser

08/15/2012 - Former Miami safety Ray-Ray Armstrong has enrolled at Faulkner University and hopes to play for the NAIA team. Faulkner coach Brent Parker says Armstrong will practice Wednesday while awaiting clearance from the NAIA Eligibility Center. Miami kicked Armstrong off the team in July. He was suspended for four games to start last season because he broke NCAA rules by accepting gifts from a former Miami booster. He missed another game while the school checked if other violations were committed when Armstrong had dinner with a friend who works in a public relations firm that handles professional athletes. Barker says Armstrong is a solid student and ''we felt like being at Faulkner would be a benefit to him and potentially our football program.'' Faulkner president Billy Hilyer met with Armstrong Tuesday. - AP Sports

08/14/2012 - After being released from scholarships from two of the most of prestigious football programs in the country, cornerback Greg Reid and safety Ray Ray Armstrong are hoping to earn back the trust of NFL scouts by transferring. Armstrong, whom my colleague Dane Brugler had annointed as the top prospect for the Hurricanes this season, has transferred to Faulkner University, a private Christian school located in Montgomery, Alabama. He'd previously been considering suing Miami due to his belief that he'd been released from his scholarship without due process. Like Greg Reid, Armstrong 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. Armstrong is currently listed as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 9 strong safety and 257th overall prospect for the 2013 draft. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/13/2012 - Former University of Miami safety Ray-Ray Armstrong will finish his football career at the NAIA's Faulkner University in Montgomery, Ala., his father, Albert, confirmed Monday. Armstrong, a 21-year-old senior, had threatened through his attorney to file legal action against UM that would have sought an injunction to get him back on the football team after he was dismissed July 18. He is already in Alabama and has been added to the Faulkner roster. "He's very excited," Albert Armstrong told The Miami Herald. "I was surprised to see him as excited as he is. He's looking forward to playing football again. He sounds like a young kid ready to go." Armstrong will wear No. 8 for his new program, a private Christian university affiliated with the Church of Christ. Some of its opponents this season: Bluefield College, Point University, University of the Cumberlands and Kentucky Christian. There will be no legal action against UM, his Orlando-based attorney, Matt Morgan, indicated. Morgan said in an email that he and his co-counsel believed UM "acted improperly in dismissing Ray-Ray from their football program and significantly infringed upon Mr. Armstrong's due process rights. However, despite the existence of several potential merit based claims against [UM], Ray-Ray has decided to continue his education and college football career with another program that has welcomed him like a family." - Susan Miller Degnan, The Miami Herald

08/08/2012 - Miami (Fla.) senior safety Ray-Ray Armstrong is in the process of filing an injunction in an attempt to be allowed to return to the Hurricanes' football team for the 2012 season. He was suspended by coach Al Golden without explanation last month, less than a week after the NFL supplemental draft was held and only a few weeks before fall practice began at Miami. Armstrong's attorney, Matt Morgan, told the Sun Sentinel that he plans to argue the university caused irreparable harm to Armstrong's NFL prospects with the timing of the suspension. Armstrong is allowed to remain on scholarship but cannot practice or take part in team activities. Miami also cleared him to transfer without restriction. Morgan said the school suspended Armstrong only to appease NCAA investigators inquiring about details of Armstrong posting pictures on Twitter of a dinner with a PR firm tied to other professional athletes, a possible violation for accepting impermissible benefits and contact with agency representatives. - The Sports Xchange

08/08/2012 - The attorney for former University of Miami safety Ray-Ray Armstrong said Wednesday he is still drafting a legal document that would seek an injunction to get Armstrong back with the Hurricanes, but also is exploring options "to determine whether transferring would be in Ray-Ray's best interest." Matt Morgan, Armstrong's Orlando-based attorney, said he and Armstrong "will attempt to amicably resolve this matter by reaching out to University of Miami officials in hopes of coming to a favorable agreement for Ray-Ray before it gets to the point where we are compelled to file a court document." Morgan said he has not filed a written appeal with the university, which would normally precede any legal action. "We're taking this step by step," said Morgan, who added that he is working closely with Armstrong and his family to determine if it's in the player's best interest to transfer or remain with the Hurricanes this season. "Our primary focus is that Ray-Ray has the ability to play [major college] football this season," Morgan said. - Susan Miller Degnan, The Miami Herald

08/08/2012 - Coach Al Golden had no comment on Wednesday regarding plans by an attorney representing former UM safety Ray Ray Armstrong to file an injunction seeking the player's reinstatement to the football team. Armstrong, a senior safety, was dismissed by Golden in July. "I'm sure whatever is going on there is being handled by [UM's] administration," Golden said before Wednesday morning's practice. "I'm not going to discuss that whole deal." Matt Morgan, Armstrong's Orlando-based attorney, said Wednesday morning that he plans to file an injunction in Dade County by the end of the week asking the court to allow Armstrong to practice with the Hurricanes until the NCAA determines if he violated any by-laws. "We will ask the court to prevent irreparable harm to Ray Ray by allowing Miami to unilaterally dismiss him from the football team without due cause," Morgan said. UM did not state a reason for Armstrong's dismissal. But Morgan said it was the result of Armstrong not being "100 percent forthcoming" about a South Florida hotel stay paid by his girlfriend, who works at a public relations firm that represents some pro athletes. - Jorge Milian, The Palm Beach Post

08/07/2012 - An attorney representing former Miami safety Ray-Ray Armstrong says he plans to file an injunction this week asking the school to allow Armstrong to practice with the team until the NCAA determines if he has violated any bylaws. "Miami made a unilateral decision to dismiss Ray-Ray without NCAA process," attorney Matt Morgan of Orlando said. "We believe Miami is using Ray-Ray as a sacrificial lamb to the NCAA." According to Morgan, Armstrong was dismissed after several incidents. Armstrong attended a dinner with his girlfriend, who works for a public relations firm and whose dinner payment was called into question. Another time, according to Morgan, Armstrong was at a South Florida hotel with his girlfriend. When questioned, he failed to admit being there before then saying he was, but that she paid for the room. In at least two instances, Armstrong's use of social media led to questions from the school. According to a source, Armstrong's alleged receipt of a sports jersey at one point was also called into question. Miami, which declined comment, is being investigated by the NCAA for illegal benefits allegedly accepted by many players over many years from a prominent former booster. The NCAA has interviewed Armstrong on multiple occasions, according to a source. "Why should Ray-Ray's draft status be affected?" Morgan said. "Why should he have to play at a NAIA or Division II school this year when to my knowledge the NCAA has not concluded he even violated rules?" - Joe Schad, ESPN

07/24/2012 - The father of former University of Miami safety Ray-Ray Armstrong said even though his son initially lied to UM administrators, the school's decision to throw him off the team is "unfair to extreme measures." In a phone interview late Saturday night, Albert Armstrong revealed the incident that led to UM dismissing his son from the team on Wednesday. He said that Ray-Ray's girlfriend, whom he declined to identify by name, owns a public relations firm that reportedly works with professional athletes. He said his son's girlfriend was staying at the Loews Hotel on Miami Beach during Memorial Day weekend, and while visiting her there, Ray-Ray took pictures of the hotel room and disseminated them via Instagram. UM became aware of it and confronted Armstrong, who initially told the school he wasn't there with the woman, his father said. He said his son initially lied because "he felt pressured to be untruthful" and did not want to be suspended again after being suspended twice last year - one a four-game suspension for accepting impermissible benefits from Nevin Shapiro, and the other a one-game suspension for dining at Prime 112 with that same girlfriend, and then tweeting about it. "She owns a P.R. firm, which is not illegal," Albert Armstrong said. "There's no proof that she is affiliated with any agent. She is not." Albert Armstrong said Ray-Ray "told them the truth eventually" about the Loews Hotel incident, "but it was a day late and a dollar short." Still, Albert Armstrong said it did not warrant a dismissal from the team. He said the decision was UM's, not the NCAA's, and that his son was "shocked." - Barry Jackson, The Miami Herald

07/20/2012 - NCAA investigators spent several days in Miami earlier this month as part of the continued inquiry into the Hurricanes' athletic compliance practices, said two people familiar with the situation. It's unknown when the investigation will end, both people told The Association Press Friday on condition of anonymity because information about the probe has not been publicly released. When the probe is over, Miami would first receive a notice of allegations, then have the chance to appear before the NCAA's infractions committee. Typically, when investigators visit a campus, they are either conducting interviews with athletic department personnel, reviewing documents, or both. The NCAA generally does not provide status updates during their investigations, and university officials only have said they are continuing to cooperate with the terms of the inquiry. Earlier this week, safety Ray-Ray Armstrong was dismissed for undisclosed rules violations. Armstrong was suspended for four games last year after acknowledging he took money from former booster Nevin Shapiro and then missed another game while the school checked to see if he broke other rules after he interacted with a person who works with professional athletes. So nearly a year after the Hurricanes became wrapped up in an extra-benefits scandal - and with training camp fast approaching, along with Atlantic Coast Conference media days starting this weekend - Miami still has plenty of questions and very few answers. "Who doesn't want a clean slate? We get a fresh opportunity to do something new," running back Mike James said earlier this summer when asked if the Hurricanes were eager to put the troubles of 2011 behind them. "Hey, I'm happy to see last year go. It's gone. Let it go." - AP Sports

07/19/2012 - Despite drawing comparisons to the late Sean Taylor when he was one of the country's most coveted recruits at Sanford Seminole High (Rivals.com rated him 13th overall in the Class of 2009 regardless of position), Armstrong (6-4, 215) failed to live up to expectations at Miami. Although he was a candidate for several national preseason awards last year, he was suspended by the NCAA for the first four games of the season for accepting impermissible benefits from former booster Nevin Shapiro, whose relationship with the University of Miami is the subject of an ongoing NCAA investigation. Armstrong was later suspended in November for one game after going to dinner at Prime 112 steakhouse in Miami Beach with a friend who owns a public relations company that works with professional athletes, then tweeting about the dinner. He was later cleared of wrongdoing in that instance. He finished last season with 34 tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery in seven games. Many believed Armstrong would enter the NFL Draft after the 2011 season, but he chose to remain with the Hurricanes. Earlier this month, Armstrong was named to the preseason watch list for the Bednarink Award, given annually to the nation's top defensive player. In the spring game in April, he had an interception and a fumble recovery and finished the spring listed first on the depth chart. Defensive backs coach Paul Williams said in May that Armstrong had shown improvement this spring but still needed to be more disciplined. "Just run the package, that's what I tell him," Williams said. "Every now and then he wants to be too aggressive. He just needs to run the defense. But he's gotten better. Looks like he's bought in. We need him to step up and be a leader." - Manny Navarro, The Miami Herald

07/19/2012 - Ray-Ray Armstrong's troublesome football career at the University of Miami is over. The senior safety was kicked off the team Wednesday morning - about a month after InsideTheU.com reported that he discussed interaction with a booster via Twitter. Although UM has yet to explain why Armstrong was dismissed, the school did say he can continue to be enrolled as a scholarship student to complete his degree. Should he elect to transfer to another institution, UM said it would grant him a full release. Reached by phone Wednesday afternoon, Armstrong's father, Albert Armstrong, said he had no idea what his son planned to do next. He could have entered the NFL's Supplemental Draft last Thursday had UM revealed its plans to dismiss him from the team a couple weeks ago. Now, it's more likely Armstrong will transfer to another school - likely a Football Championship Subdivision program - so he can play out his senior year. "I'm just trying to gather the information right now, see what we're going to do moving forward," Albert Armstrong said. "I'll let you know when we have a better idea." - Manny Navarro, The Miami Herald

07/18/2012 - Miami kicked senior safety Ray-Ray Armstrong off the football team Wednesday, and said it would give him a full release should he decide to transfer. Armstrong was suspended for four games at the start of last season because he broke NCAA rules by accepting gifts from a former Miami booster. He missed another game later in the season while the school checked if other violations were committed when Armstrong had dinner with a friend who works in a public relations firm that handles professional athletes. Miami will allow Armstrong to remain on scholarship at the school, if he desires. Armstrong had 34 tackles in seven games last season for Miami. The Hurricanes have been involved in an NCAA investigation for about a year into compliance practices. - AP Sports

07/18/2012 - Miami's top-ranked NFL prospect, senior safety Ray-Ray Armstrong, was dismissed from the team by coach Al Golden. Identified as the No. 1 pro prospect on the Hurricanes' roster in NFLDraftScout.com's offseason series, Armstrong reportedly had contact with a booster and posted details of the interaction via Twitter. Armstrong, the No. 4-ranked NFL prospect at his position according to NFLDraftScout.com, was a second-team All-ACC selection last season. He was named to the Bednarik Award watch list on July 10. Rumors circulated on July 2 that Armstrong and Seantrel Henderson were dismissed from the team, but UM associate athletic director for communications Chris Freet denied the reports. Armstrong is a former five-star recruit but Golden hasn't been patient with players who run afoul of his discipline policy. Armstrong missed the NFL supplemental draft and his timing likely limits options to transfer -- and play this season -- to mid-level FCS programs. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange

07/10/2012 - 2012 BEDNARIK AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: Ray-Ray Armstrong, Miami (Fla.), S, Sr., has been selected to the preseason Bednarik Award watchlist for the 2012 college football season. The Bednarik Award has been presented to the nation's top defensive player since 1995. A former standout at Penn and with the Philadelphia Eagles, Chuck Bednarik is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame's Class of 1969 and the NFL Hall of Fame's Class of 1967. - The Maxwell Football Club

07/02/2012 - I had originally heard rumors that Seantrel Henderson and Ray-Ray were dismissed from the football team, but those are apparently false. When I called UM to ask about those rumors, I was told by Chris Freet, the UM associate athletic director for communications and marketing, that UM declined to comment on anything regarding that subject and Al Golden was on vacation and could not be reached. I also reached Ray-Ray Armstrong's dad, Albert, by phone a little while ago, and he told me he knew nothing about any Ray-Ray news. Here's what InsidetheU is reporting: "Armstrong discussed interaction with a booster via Twitter and the coaches have suspended him indefinitely, but as of today he has not been removed from the team. However, this situation should be closely monitored as there is current discussion within the coaching staff about his future with the team. - Manny Navarro, The Miami Herald

06/19/2012 - Top-five Miami prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 1. FS Ray Ray Armstrong...If ever a player was ready to break out as a senior, it's Ray Ray Armstrong (pictured above). But then again, Hurricanes' fans and coaches have been waiting for the senior safety to reach his potential since he arrived in Coral Gables as one of the top recruits out of the prep ranks four years ago. Armstrong's development was stunted by a suspension last season that lasted five games, which just happens to be the same number of career starts under his belt, a stat Matt Hinton points out in his "Coming Attractions" blog. Armstrong saw significant playing time as a true freshman with 21 tackles over 10 games, including one start. He started three games as a sophomore, recording a personal-best 79 tackles and tying for the team lead in interceptions (3). Armstrong was expected to take another step forward as a junior, but he missed the first four games in 2011 because of improper dealings with a booster, followed by a one-game suspension for a violation of team rules. Once he returned to the team, Armstrong showed obvious rust and spent the rest of the season playing catch-up, finishing with just 34 tackles and one interception in seven games. He is a big, aggressive athlete with the speed and range to cover both sidelines, flashing first round ability. And if reports are true, Armstrong has been working his tail off during the offseason as he enters the 2012 season as an expected starter. But whether or not he will ever reach his full football potential has yet to be seen. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

04/09/2012 - Before the start of last season, Ray Ray Armstrong seemed to be the underclassman most likely to leave the University of Miami and enter the NFL Draft. But Armstrong's junior season turned into an unmitigated disaster. He piled up more suspensions (two) than interceptions (one) and missed nearly as many games (five) as he played (seven). When it was time to decide whether he should return to Miami or skip off to the NFL, Armstrong chose to stay. Five of his teammates - Lamar Miller, Brandon Washington, Tommy Streeter, Marcus Forston and Olivier Vernon - turned pro. Armstrong said "he tried to get those guys to come back" but never seriously thought of leaving himself. "I come from a family where, when you start something, you finish it," Armstrong said. Armstrong probably couldn't wait to finish last season. It started off poorly and didn't get much better. Among the eight players suspended for accepting impermissible benefits from former UM booster Nevin Shapiro, Armstrong was one of the most severely disciplined. He was suspended four games by the NCAA and ordered to repay $788. Things weren't a whole lot better for the 6-foot-4, 218-pound Armstrong on the field. At times he appeared a step slow and was beaten on some big plays. Against Virginia, Armstrong bit on an end-around that resulted in a 37-yard touchdown pass in a game the Hurricanes would lose, 28-21. One UM coach said Armstrong was the culprit on four touchdowns scored by opponents during last season. "He made too many mistakes," Golden said. - Jorge Milian, The Palm Beach Post

 
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03/16/2013 - 2013 Miami Pro Day: Ray Ray Armstrong attempts return to game at Miami's 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

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