The University of Miami has dismissed senior safety Ray-Ray Armstrong from the football team. University officials say that Armstrong can continue to be enrolled as a scholarship student at Miami to complete his degree or the University will grant him a full release should he elect to transfer to another institution.
Last season, Armstrong was suspended for four games for NCAA violations steming from taking inproper benifits from a university booster. In the seven games he played in 2011, he started only one (against Duke) and notched 34 tackles and one interception against the Blue Devils. He also recovered one fumble during a season which was cut short by his suspension.
Armstrong came to Coral Gables as a highly touted prep stand out, known for his heavy hitting style. ESPN ranked him the No. 21 player in the country coming out of Seminole High in Stanford, Fla. His best game was perhaps his first with real action against then No. 8 Oklahoma as a true freshmen on national television. He recorded a career-high 8 tackles (his final career high was eventually 9 in 2010) and had four solo stops.
Ray-Ray's legacy with Miami will surely be great potential, unrealized. His draft status and award canadicy have continued to project him as an all-American who would be drafted as a first rounder, even as late as this summer. But his on the field play has never merrited any of those crednetials. He'll likely be replaced by either Kacy Rodgers or A.J. Highsmith at safety.