Khaled Holmes high on former teammate Armond Armstead

INDIANAPOLIS — USC center Khaled Holmes, who was one of the top-rated players regardless of position before an injury this season, had good things to say about his former teammate with the Trojans, Armond Armstead, the defensive tackle/end the Patriots signed from the CFL.

“We were the same class coming in, 2008, out of high school,” Holmes said. “He’s a great kid. Great football player. Was really unfortunate what happened to him at USC (the heart attack brought on by pain killers), the circumstances, but I couldn’t be happier for him. Couldn’t happen to a better person. I think he’s going to have bright future.”

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How good was Armstead?

“He was great,” Holmes said. “He played as a true freshman, did a very good job and continued to improve as a player. Obviously his time at ‘SC was cut short but I think the sky is the limit for him.”