After arm problems kept him out seven of the season’s first eight contests, Armstrong got healthy just in time to step in for his fallen colleagues. He made a total of four starts, all at left guard. His starting assignments came on Sept. 12 against Montreal, Sept. 27 at Toronto, Oct. 13 against Saskatchewan and Nov. 1 against BC. Unfortunately, he re-injured his arm during the final game of the regular season and did not dress for either post-season contest.
Armstrong dressed for six games and played in three. His most extensive action came against the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Sept. 15. He was an integral part of the Stamps short-yardage offence.
Dressed for seven regular season games including the Scotiabank West Semifinal vs Saskatchewan…Made gradual improvements over the year showing great potential.
Armstrong was the Atlantic University Sport (AUS) Lineman of the Year for the 2005 season…This was the second time he received the award, winning the same honor in 2003…He sat out the 2004 football season due to a knee injury and upon returning to the X-Men line-up, made an immediate and profound impact both on and off the field…A team captain, Derek saw action on both offense and defense and was named an AUS offensive all-star in addition to his nomination for the J.P. Metras award…He was also a conference all-star in 2002 and 2003 and was named a CIS all-Canadian in 2003.
Armstrong serves as a spokesman for Athletes in Action and has in the past travelled to Africa on behalf of that organization. He lives in Calgary year-round.