Armstrong, the 2013 GLIAC Offensive Lineman of the Year and four-time All-GLIAC honoree, helped GVSU to become one of nine teams in Division II to average over 210 yards rushing and 240 yards passing per game. Armstrong graded out at a 97-percent assignment efficiency rating and has played in 50 career games, including 47 starts. The Lakers are 43-7 with Armstrong in their lineup, as the Gene Upshaw Award Finalist has helped lead the Lakers to an NCAA Division II National Semifinal appearance this year.
Don Hansen's Honorable Mention All-American...Daktronics Super Region 4 First-Team honoree...First-Team All-GLIAC...Beyond Sports DII Athlete of the Week (9/8)...Earned third varsity letter...Played in 36 games and started 33 for the Lakers on the offensive line...Key figure in an offensive line that helped the Laker offense lead the GLIAC and rank sixth nationally in scoring (41.9 ppg)...Offense ranked second in the GLIAC and 13th nationally in total yards per game (474.5), while ranking 10th nationally in sacks allowed (0.73).
First-Team All-GLIAC plaudits...Earned second varsity letter...Key member of an offensive line that ranked eighth nationally in sacks allowed (.92), 14th in rushing (216.31 ypg), 16th in scoring (36..1 ppg) and 17th in total offense (437.6 ypg).
All-GLIAC Honorable Mention...GVSU Offensive Rookie of the Year...Earned first varsity letter...Played in 13 games with 10 starts...Missed time in the middle of the season with an injury...Key part of an offensive line that ranked ninth in rushing (237.3 ypg), 11th in total offense (455.1 ypg), 12th in scoring (36.8 ppg) and third in sacks allowed per game (.57).
Redshirted...Also participated in the throws for the GVSU track & field team.
Prepped at J.W. Sexton High School...Played for Daniel Boggan...Associated Press and Detroit Free Press All-State First-Team as a senior...all-state honorable mention as a junior...Earned all-conference, all-area and named team captain both seasons...Recorded 42 tackles and 3 sacks at nose tackle as a junior...Added 84 tackles and 13 sacks as a senior.
Son of Kevin and Linda Armstrong...Enjoys weightlifting, listening to music and playing video games.
05/13/2014 - New Orleans Saints announce 2014 rookie free agent class: Matthew Armstrong - Offensive Lineman, Grand Valley State (6-2, 302): Armstrong appeared in 51 games, mostly at center, in four years with the Lakers, starting at least one contest in each spot along the offensive line. The 2013 FCS Rimington Trophy winner was also named the GLIAC Offensive Lineman of the Year and a finalist for the Gene Upshaw Award while serving as a key contributor to Grand Valley's 12-3 record. The four-time All-GLIAC honoree helped pave the way for an offense that totaled 6,469 yards, averaged 6.8 yards per play and scored 525 points in 2013. - New Orleans Saints