July 25, 2006

Armour looks to rebound from injury

A good way to describe this year's group of defensive linemen is young, athletic and hungry.

With no seniors returning this fall and only two juniors on the line, the line could be looked upon as very inexperienced, instead with the addition of a lot of young athletic players such as Jerrell Powe and things aren't as bad as many might think.

One of the young guns on at the defensive end position is sophomore letterman LaMark Armour. Armour played in two games as a true freshman, getting to see action against Arkansas and Tennessee.

Armour has flourished in the Rebels off-season program, gaining weight and muscles before tearing his ACL in early spring action.

"Right now I'm about four months out of surgery," Armour said. "I'm about 85 to 90 percent right now and plan on being a 100 percent when fall camp arrives."

Armour arrived at Ole Miss from Nashville Tennessee weighing in at 235-pounds, now he is an impressive 258 and in the best physical shape of his young life.

"I'm a lot stronger than I have ever been," Armour said. "Everything was going great for me until my knee injury, but I'm confident it's not going to hold me back this fall."

Armour is expected to backup Chris Bower at the LEO defensive end position.

"I'm very excited about playing defensive end," Armour said. "I love to rush and sack the quarterback and this position allows me the best opportunity to do that in our defensive scheme."

By not getting to participate in spring practice Armour will feel like he is somewhat starting over but a lot bigger and stronger than last fall.

"Yeah I missed a lot," Armour said. "It just makes me hungrier and makes me work that much harder to make sure I'm ready this fall."

Since Armour didn't use his red shirt year last fall, if he has trouble recovering from the injury that could be an option.

One thing that Armour and his fellow teammates have done this summer is to get to know each other a lot better.

"We spend a lot of time together playing video games or just hanging out," Armour said. "We have a very impressive recruiting class, we are a lot more athletic at a lot of positions, this fall is going to be fun."

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