When five-star defensive lineman Arik Armstead signed with the Oregon Ducks back in 2012, the Ducks told Armstead that he could also have a spot on the basketball team.
Armstead is massive – he is listed at 6’8 and 290 pounds – but he knows his professional future is likely on the gridiron instead of the hardwood.
That’s why he met with Ducks’ head basketball coach Dana Altman to inform him that he would be giving up basketball in order to focus solely on football on Tuesday.
“While I will certainly miss playing basketball with my teammates, I have decided to focus my full attention on academics and being the best football player for the University of Oregon that I can possibly be,” Armstead told Comcast Sports Net Northwest in a statement through his father, Guss Armstead.
Armstead took a redshirt during his first season with the basketball team. He made his debut by scoring two points in four minutes in a 71-44 victory over the Washington State Cougars on Sunday.
In two seasons with the Ducks’ football team, Armstead has 41 tackles, 5.0 for loss and 1.5 sacks.