EUGENE, Ore. – Arik Armstead has decided his future is on the gridiron.
The 6-foot-8, 280-pound potential starter at defensive tackle will leave the Ducks’ basketball team to concentrate on his football career.
“We have enjoyed having Arik on our team the past two seasons and we certainly wish him luck with his football career,” said Oregon head coach Dana Altman. “Arik is a very talented student-athlete and we completely understand and support his decision to concentrate on football.”
The former five-star football prep standout from Sacramento, Calif., has played in all 26 games of his football career with six starts at defensive end. He has accumulated 41 total tackles with 1.5 sacks, 4.5 tackles for loss and a pair of passes defended.
He will be a junior in football for the Ducks this fall.
Armstead, who was a redshirt freshman in basketball, joined this year’s basketball squad following the football team’s victory over Texas in the Alamo Bowl. His lone appearance as a Duck came Sunday at the end of the Washington State game, where he scored two points in four minutes.
Last year, Armstead redshirted the basketball season after the Duck football team defeated Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl.
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