Say something nice about Kansas football: Dorance Armstrong deserves to be in running for All-American honors


Kansas sophomore defensive end Dorance Armstrong works out with the team at Memorial Stadium, early Friday, July 29, 2016.

Kansas sophomore defensive end Dorance Armstrong works out with the team at Memorial Stadium, early Friday, July 29, 2016. by Mike Yoder

In writing about Kansas defensive end Dorance Armstrong after the potentially program-turning upset of Texas, I left off the final sentence of a string of superlatives that safety Fish Smithson said about Armstrong until I could research it.

"Statistically," Smithson said, "I think his stats will match up with any defensive end in the country."

Smithson not only knows his stuff on the field in making the calls for the defense, he knows his national statistics. Since All-Americans need numbers to back them up and Armstrong has them, that makes him a bona fide All-American candidate.

Take a look at how Armstrong stacks up in two key statistical categories for defensive ends, sacks and tackles for loss:

PLAYER (POS.) School G Sacks;

1 - Hunter Dimick (DE) Utah 11 14.0;
2 - DeMarcus Walker (DE) FSU 11 13.0;
3 - Harold Landry (DE) BC 11 12.0;
3 - Jaylon Ferguson (DE) LaTech 11 12.0;
5 - Ejuan Price (DE) Pitt 11 11.0;
5 - Derek Barnett (DE) Tenn 11 11.0;
5 - Shaquem Griffin (LB) UCF 11 11.0;
8 - Arden Key (DE) LSU 10 10.0;
8 - Dorance Armstrong(DE) KU 11 10.0;
8 - Takkarist McKinley(DE) UCLA 11 10.0;
8 - Jimmie Gilbert (LB) Col. 11 10.0;


1 - Haason Reddick(DE) Temple 11 20.0;
2 - Hunter Dimick (DE) Utah 11 19.5;
2 - Bradley Chubb (DE) NC State 11 19.5;
4 - Ejuan Price (DE) Pitt 11 19.0;
4 - Ed Oliver (DT) Houston 11 19.0;
6 - McKinley (DE) UCLA 10 18.0;
7 - Armstrong (DE) KU 11 17.0;
7 - Barnett (DE) Tenn 11 17.0;
7 - Carroll Phillips (DE) Ill. 11 17.0;
7 - Tanzel Smart (DT) Tulane 11 17.0;
7 - Woody Baron (DT) Va. Tech 11 17.0;

Armstrong ranks tied for seventh in the FBS in sacks and, as you can see, only four other players, all defensive ends, are listed in the top 10 in the nation in both sacks and tackles for loss: Utah's Dimick, Pitt's Price, UCLA's McKinley and Tennessee's Barnett.

That doesn't mean Armstrong will be named All-American. KU's 2-9 record, which could fall to 2-10 Saturday in Manhattan, won't help his cause. His stats do mean he's a bona fide All-American candidate.


Dillon Davis 5 years, 7 months ago

As long as he at least gets the recognition of 1st Team All-Big 12 I'm happy

Tom Keegan 5 years, 7 months ago

Don't see how they can deny him of that at this point.

Suzi Marshall 5 years, 7 months ago

Good research for a good case to be made for Armstrong, who certainly should be named to the Big 12 First Team. Like all the other fans, we had a chance to meet the former North Shore HS star after the UT win, on the field. He was incredibly accommodating to all the fans and a true credit to the University. I'm wondering if he could play LB in the NFL.

I'd love to see us get his former NS team mates Keiston Roach DB and K'Lavon Chaisson DE! Chanson, a 4-star recruit, could probably start. It would be so cool to see a great defense led players from on of Houston's great HS programs...Armstrong, Long and Chaisson.

I'm really pumped for this weekend's game in NRG Stadium between the two defending 6A Champions, North Shore (Div 1) and Katy (Div II). It's incredible to think these two great programs are playing in the regional semifinals!

Micky Baker 5 years, 7 months ago

He got off to a slow start, and he's still ranked that high. He's still got two more years.

Tom Keegan 5 years, 7 months ago

Good point about slow start, especially considering it was linked to not being in top shape at start of season because he missed almost all of fall camp with partially torn acl.

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