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Despite Virginia's rough start, Brennan Armstrong is right where he wants to be

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Brennan Armstrong is not one to sugarcoat a problem. It's one of the things his former coach, Bronco Mendenhall, loves about him.

Mendenhall used to hover over the offense during Virginia practices, close enough to hear every word that escaped his quarterback's mouth, and if the unit struggled, the monologues often veered into the profane. «He'd curse like a sailor,» Mendenhall said. «But it was authentic.» It's not surprising then that, nearly a month into his first season without Mendenhall helming the team, Armstrong isn't trying to sell Virginia's early offensive woes as anything other than a serious problem.

The situation is ugly. «I'm pretty frustrated right now,» Armstrong said after Saturday's 16-14 win over Old Dominion, in which he led the offense on a frenetic final drive to set up a game-winning field goal as time expired. «I'm so used to being that high-powered offense, and when I don't feel it, and I don't have it, it frustrates me.» It didn't have to be this way.

Armstrong could've chosen another path, perhaps a far easier one. This is the era of name, image and likeness money and transfer portal freedom, and Armstrong had his share of suitors this offseason.

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