04/21/2013 - ROB RANG'S 2013 NFL DRAFT DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH: Terron Armstead, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 6-5, 306, 4.65 ... The dazzling straight-line speed Armstead demonstrated at the combine caught the public by surprise but not scouts who saw him dominate competition at the East-West Shrine Game and impress as a late injury replacement at the Senior Bowl, as well. Unlike many small school prospects who simply latch on with whatever program will give them an opportunity, Armstead was recruited by a number of big schools, opting to play with Golden Lions because they were the only team willing to let him compete in track, as well as football. Highly intelligent, a remarkable athlete and having demonstrated the ability to raise his level of play against elite competition, Armstead could earn a shockingly high draft selection.
Five Other Offensive Linemen to Consider ... 1. Braden Brown, BYU, 6-6, 310, 5.20 ... 2. Theo Goins, Central Florida, 6-5, 313, 5.36* ... 3. Luke Marquardt, Azusa-Pacific, 6-9, 315, 5.34 ... 4. Vinston Painter, Virginia Tech, 6-4, 306, 4.90 ...5. Matt Summers-Gavin, California, 6-4, 310, 5.49* - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
03/05/2013 - 2013 Arkansas-Pine Bluff Pro Day: Armstead is the No. 5-rated offensive tackle and 50th-ranked prospect overall by NFLDraftScout.com. A team betting on Armstead's significant upside might gamble on him even earlier. A terrific athlete, Armstead signed with Arkansas-Pine Bluff because it was the only school that would allow him to compete in both football and track. Armstead was one of 14 prospects at Monday's workouts, where the 40-yard dash was run on a high school field. "It's been fun and a good experience to compete against guys from bigger schools," he said. "It is a great opportunity coming from a small school even though they question the level of competition, although there are a lot of great players in the SWAC." - Derek Harper, The Sports Xchange
03/05/2013 - 2013 Arkansas Pine Bluff Pro Day: In front of a host of NFL scouts the University of Arkansas At Pine Bluff hosted its annual Pro Day; where all members of the 2012 Golden Lions football team who are seniors and have exhausted all eligibility have a chance to work out in NFL combine style drills. With representatives from at least 15 NFL teams, senior Golden Lion prospects, such as Terron Armstead, Brandon Thurmond, Bill Ross and Jarvis Webb to name a few, got a chance to display speed, strength, and agility as they auditioned for a chance to one day live out a childhood dream of playing on Sunday.
For all that comes along with having a shot to play on the next level, senior offensive tackle Terron Armestead has worked himself into a position that has opened everyone's eyes across the country. With running the fastest time for an offensive lineman in the history of the NFL combine and playing in the Senior Bowl and the East West Shrine Game, Armstead has had the sports world buzzing. "It's been fun and a good experience to compete against guys from bigger schools. It is a great opportunity coming from a small school even though they question the level of competition, although there are a lot of great players in the SWAC", said Armstead.
When asked about the opportunity for exposure that this type of event has for these student- athletes, head coach Monte Coleman had this to say, "We've actually got a stellar group of guys out here working out today. Even some guys that played in 2011." "This has really been great for these guy's to have an opportunity to make it to the professional level", added Coleman. - Arkansas Pine Bluff football
03/05/2013 - 2013 Arkansas-Pine Bluff Pro Day: Terron Armstead???s impressive run-up to the 2013 NFL Draft continued Monday at Arkansas-Pine Bluff's pro day. New San Diego Chargers offensive line coach Joe D'Alessandris put Armstead through a workout that went on for about an hour. Armstead - who was among the top performers at his position in the 40-yard dash, vertical jump and broad jump at the NFL Scouting Combine - only participated in the position drills at the pro day. Armstead looked outstanding in the workouts, and now has some private workouts scheduled, including one with the Dallas Cowboys. Armstead has a very good chance of being one of the top 60 players selected in the draft. Representatives from 12 teams were at Arkansas-Pine Bluff's pro day March 4. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
03/05/2013 - 2013 Arkansas-Pine Bluff Pro Day: Terron Armstead did nothing to slow his rapid ascent up draft boards by participating in positional drills at Arkansas Pine-Bluff's pro day on Monday. Representatives from at least 15 NFL teams were present, and he continues to line up private workouts for teams, including the Dallas Cowboys. A relative unknown entering the pre-draft process despite being a first-team All-SWAC player each of the past three seasons, Armstead enjoyed a strong week at the Shrine Game and then blew up the athletic testing at the combine by setting a combine record for offensive linemen with a 4.71-second 40-yard dash and posting a 34.5-inch vertical jump and a 112-inch broad jump. A high school state champion in the shot put (long was 62'3"), he also put up 31 reps at 225 pounds at the combine. - Derek Harper, The Sports Xchange
02/27/2013 - TOP 10 COMPELLING NFL COMBINE STORY LINES: Another project who blossomed: Terron Armstead, a 6-4, 306-pound OT who ran a 4.71 40 and had folks trying to search the Ark-Pine Bluff website. Armstead, also a stellar shot putter, had interest from Big 12 schools coming out of Cahokia High School in Illinois but told reporters that he didn't take his ACT until after Signing Day and is one of those guys who falls through the cracks of big-time college football every year. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com
02/23/2013 - Arkansas Pine-Bluff offensive tackle Terron Armstead was one of the first prospects to run his 40-yard dash at the 2013 scouting combine. And it was one we won't soon forget. Armstead ran an unofficial 4.65 in his first attempt at the 40-yard dash, which would be a new combine record for the drill. Former Maryland offensive lineman Bruce Campbell currently holds the mark with a 4.75 40-yard dash in 2010.
The most important aspect of the 40-yard dash for offensive linemen is the first 10 yards (10-yard split) because it shows explosion and get-off quickness. Armstead's unofficial 1.64 10-yard split was the best among the first group of offensive linemen. "I've been blessed with a unique skill-set," said Armstead, who said during his media session this week that his goal was to run a sub-4.7 40-yard dash. "I'm extremely light on my feet for a big guy, I have to say. It's a blessing. It was nothing that was coached." - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/23/2013 - Armstead, who is currently rated as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 10 offensive tackle, is a fluid athlete for the position and looks natural in motion. He needs to be more aggressive with his hands and develop better strength for the position, but his mobility and natural foot quickness will make him a hot commodity on draft day. Armstead could move into the second-round conversation, but he's rated as a solid third-round pick and his athletic testing results were expected to be at or near the top of the OL group.
"I just want to show them my athleticism, speed, quickness, be smooth, be fluid," Armstead added. "I have some pretty good technique, but I know I need some work on every aspect of my game." Coming from the FCS-level, Armstead will have to answer questions about the level of competition, but wowing in the agility drills is a great start to his professional football career. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
02/23/2013 - There's not all that much impressive about a 4.65 40-yard dash time. Unless you're an offensive lineman anyway, which explains why everyone at the 2013 NFL Combine is abuzz over Arkansas-Pine Bluff offensive lineman Terron Armstead. That's because Armstead cranked out a pair of eye-popping numbers, running a 4.65 and 4.71 40-yard dash. Both times are unofficial and we usually see these times go up after the official numbers are posted. So it's possible Armstead ends up with higher numbers, but it's not that relevant, because the dude can cook it down the track. "I've been blessed with a unique skill-set," Armstead said via Dane Brugler of NFLDraftScout.com. "I'm extremely light on my feet for a big guy, I have to say. It's a blessing."
Simply put, he's fast. Of course, we already knew this -- the NFLDraftScout.com guys predicted that Armstead would "dazzle in workouts" this year. He's doing just that. And he's also likely pushing his stock north quickly. Projected as the 10th overall tackle by our rankings and a third-round pick, Armstead is doing himself some favors today. Nothing says Saturday morning like watching gigantic lineman sprint around in their skivvies. But no matter what you think of the offensive lineman portion of the combine, you'd be hard pressed to hate on Armstead. - Will Brinson, CBSSports.com
02/20/2013 - 2013 NFL Combine, Workout warriors: While the medicals, weigh-ins, and interviews all play more critical roles in a player's overall grade than his performance during athletic testing at the combine, there is no doubt that the extraordinary athleticism demonstrated during drills can leave scouts (and the media) buzzing. This hype has helped push players up draft boards in the past and it will continue to do so in 2013. Two offensive linemen who are expect to dazzle in workouts this year are Arkansas Pine-Bluff's Terron Armstead and Florida State's Menelik Watson.
The 6-5, 306 pound Armstead is already rising up draft boards after proving himself to be the most talented blocker at the East-West Shrine Game and performing well as a late injury-replacement at the Senior Bowl. He could have signed with more a more prominent program out of high school but signed with Arkansas Pine-Bluff because it was the only school that would allow him to participate in both football and track, as he was a state champion shot-putter. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/24/2013 - 2013 SENIOR BOWL, WEDNESDAY RISER: OT Terron Armstead, Arkansas-Pine Bluff (South Team)...A standout at the Shrine Game in St. Petersburg last week, Armstead was an injury replacement for Dallas Thomas and didn't look out of place in Mobile. He had a tough start on Wednesday with some ugly reps in one-on-one drills, but he recovered and improved throughout practice, finishing strong and earning some praise from coaches. Lining up at left tackle, Armstead doesn't have ideal length or power to hold up on the edge, but he showed good feet to mirror and stay aggressive with rushers. With his momentum the last two weeks, Armstead looks like one of this year's top small-school prospects. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/18/2013 - 2013 SHRINE GAME PRACTICE RISERS: 2. OT Terron Armstead, Arkansas-Pine Bluff (6050, 304 -- East Team)...While the quarterbacks haven't been impressive, either, the offensive line group might be the weakest unit at this year's Shrine Game. But Armstead played better than expected at left tackle with the feet and athleticism to hold up against edge rushers, using his wingspan (81 1/2") to corral defenders. He doesn't have elite upper or lower body strength for the position, but he didn't make many mistakes in practice and looked comfortable with whatever was thrown at him. Believed to be a solid third-day selection entering the week, Armstead's draft stock is on the rise. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
11/10/2012 - Justin Billings and Dennis Jenkins each went over the century mark rushing as Arkansas-Pine Bluff outgained Grambling State 526-258 in a 24-17 victory Saturday in Southwestern Athletic Conference action. The Golden Lions (8-2, 7-1) outrushed the Tigers (1-9, 0-8) 318-46, yet narrowly won the time of possession battle by 34 seconds as Grambling State hung tough with the SWAC's West Division champions. Arkansas-Pine Bluff jumped to a 14-0 lead as Benjamin Anderson completed a 66-yard TD pass to Willie Young and ran in an 8-yard score. Billings added a 1-yard TD run as the Golden Lions built a 24-7 lead by the half. Billings amassed 130 yards on 22 attempts while Jenkins picked up 105 yards on 19 carries. Grambling State began four drives in Arkansas-Pine Bluff territory, but capitalized only once - a 21-yard TD pass from Frank Rivers to Jeremy Hernandez in the fourth quarter. - AP Sports
10/07/2012 - Dennis Jenkins ran for 154 yards and two touchdowns, helping Arkansas-Pine Bluff defeat Jackson State 34-24 on Saturday night. Both of his touchdowns came in the first half. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (4-2, 2-1 Southwestern Athletic Conference) led 27-24 late in the game when Benjamin Anderson connected with Aaron Lagrone on an 8-yard touchdown pass to gain some breathing room with 1:39 left. Jackson State (2-4, 2-2) had three players rush for 100 or more yards -- Tommy Gooden (104), Rakeem Sims (101) and Clayton Moore (100). Arkansas-Pine Bluff was ahead 24-14 with 7:47 left in the third quarter when the game was delayed for 40 minutes due to lightning. - AP Sports
09/15/2012 - Ben Anderson passed for one touchdown and ran for another and Arkansas-Pine Bluff used big plays in the second half to defeat Alcorn State 24-6 Saturday in a Southwestern Athletic Conference game. The Golden Lions (2-1. 1-1), coming off a 14-10 loss to Alabama A&M, led 7-6 at halftime. Anderson completed a 10-yard pass to Dezmond Beverly late in the first quarter to open the scoring. The Braves got on the scoreboard on a 2-yard rush by Anthony Williams III, but kicker Ernesto Santillan fumbled the extra-point attempt. After Alcorn State (1-2, 1-1) drove 67 yards to start the second half, Santillan missed a 30-yard field goal. John Toney romped 54 yards to extend the Arkansas-Pine Bluff lead to 14-6 with 3:15 to go in the third quarter. Tyler Strickland added a 38-yard field goal and Anderson closed out the scoring with a 34-yard rush in the fourth. - AP Sports
09/01/2012 - Tyler Strickland's 27-yard field goal with a second remaining gave Arkansas-Pine Bluff a 17-14 season-opening win over Langston Saturday night. The winning points were set up when Brandon Thurmond recovered a fumble at the Langston 30-yard line with just over a minute remaining. Justin Billings ran for 13 yards and Benjamin Anderson gained 9 on another run to move the Golden Lions closer for the winning kick. Anderson threw for 168 yards, including a 33-yard touchdown pass to Dezmond Beverly, and Dennis Jenkins scored on a 19-yard run for Pine Bluff. Ja'Quon Miles passed for 154 yards and a touchdown for Langston, and Will Taylor's 1-yard run with 10:44 to play tied the game at 14. The NAIA school beat Arkansas-Pine Bluff 19-12 in last season's opener. - AP Sports
07/29/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SWAC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): OL Terron Armstead, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, has been selected First Team Preseason All-Southwestern Athletic Conference football for the 2012 college football season as chosen by the SWAC head football coaches. - Arkansas-Pine Bluff football