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?