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Oregon DL Arik Armstead quits basketball to focus on football

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Oregon defensive lineman Arik Armstead has decided to quit basketball in order to focus solely on football, he announced 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,” said Armstead.

The five-star lineman from the class of 2012 has been a bit underwhelming in his first two seasons as a football player with the Ducks, totaling 41 tackles with five tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. However, at 6-foot-8, 290 pounds and blessed with tremendous athleticism for his size, he has the potential to have a breakout junior season in 2014.

Ironically, Armstead’s decision comes just a couple days after he scored his first points as a redshirt freshman college basketball player for the Ducks:

Despite these baskets, it’s probably a smart move for Armstead to give up hoops since he has the potential to be a high NFL draft pick in a year or two.

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5 Responses to “Oregon DL Arik Armstead quits basketball to focus on football”
  1. cfballfan1 says: Jan 28, 2014 8:51 PM

    What a talent. All the kid need is some focus and he’ll be a star @ DE.

  2. xtremesportsmaniac says: Jan 29, 2014 8:14 AM

    He was rated a 5 star offensive lineman. He is playing defense at Oregon. Maybe he should switch to the other side of the ball and see what happens.

  3. bigdinla says: Jan 29, 2014 9:54 AM

    Not playing basketball will also allow him to add more mass. 290lbs is pretty light for 6’8.

  4. sfsugator says: Jan 29, 2014 11:32 AM

    I thought he should have played O-Line but
    what eva.

  5. pdcooper08 says: Jan 30, 2014 1:54 AM

    Big kid with upside, but he’s no D-linemen. Will the staff figure it out in time, or continue to let the player make the decision on where and what he plays.

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