Can Arik Armstead be the next Bo Jackson? Does he play baseball?

For most Duck football players, the final horn at the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl signified the end of the football season and a well-deserved break from collegiate sports all together.  This, however, does not pertain to Arik Armstead, who only reached the half way mark in his season.  Armstead, a freshman defensive lineman, will be suiting up in a different Ducks uniform this upcoming week to play for a new Ducks coach, Dana Altman.

Armstead, a native of Sacramento, California, is rare breed.  He is a 6’8”, 280 pounds specimen who is quick on his feet and has a strongly built upper body.  This is a coach’s dream on the field and on the hardwood floor.  As Armstead gears up for PAC-12 play in a new sport, one can only wonder what toll football season has taken on his body.  The constant blows over the last months will be of no help to him as he turns to basketball.  It will be interesting to see how Altman uses the Armstead in his rotation, or if he even uses him at all in the outset of PAC-12 play.

You have to admire Armstead’s commitment level to the school and athletics, but is it overboard?  Armstead will have no time for his body to heal from the brutality of of football and will be banging away on the court until mid March, and that’s not taking into account any tournament action.  Assuming Armstead does not leave early for the NFL, will he be able to continue this athletic journey for the next four years?

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Luc Hancock

Luc Hancock

Luc Hancock is a senior at the University of Oregon majoring in Public Relations. He is from San Francisco, California and loves all sports, with his favorites being baseball and basketball. Luc is a die hard bay area sports fan and has been spoiled with the recent success of his teams in the past year. He did not become a Ducks fan until he came to the university 3 years ago, but now accepts them along with his other favorite teams. When Luc is not writing, thinking, or playing sports, he enjoys watching Seinfeld reruns and hanging out with friends. Luc is open to feed back. Follow him on twitter @luchancock

  • Jeff Shanke

    I would say that depends on if he gets any bigger for football. If he gets much bigger, he wouldn’t be of much use on the court. Basketball is a much lower impact sport than football though, it will be a good way to keep him in shape, as long as it doesn’t affect his academics.