Oregon Ducks defensive lineman Arik Armstead, a sophomore from Pleasant Grove High School (Sacramento, California), enters his second season in the Oregon program.
Before joining the Ducks, Armstead starred for three seasons while basketball and football. As a sophomore he finished with 39 tackles, two sacks, four pass breakups and recovered one fumble. As a junior he finished with 45 tackles, two sacks, two pass breakups, one blocked punt and one blocked field goal. As a senior he recorded 42 tackles, 3.5 sacks and broke up three passes while going on to earn a spot in the U.S. Army All-American. He also made the 2012 Parade All-America team.
Here’s one scouting report:
“With his size, you can see why some folks envision him as a prototypical left tackle. He’s a long athlete, great knee bend, long arms and serious strength. The way he just chucks defenders, and with the ease in which he does it is scary His ability to get to the second level and his explosion off the ball is remarkable. We think that Armstead’s future is at offensive tackle.” -Brandon Huffman
In 2012, Armstead came in early and was able to compete in the 2012 Oregon Spring Game. That and a strong effort in fall camp had him bypass a redshirt and play immediately. He played in all 13 games, starting in two, while amassing 26 tackles (11 unassisted, 15 assisted), two tackles for loss and a shared sack for a loss of four yards.
Armstead started in the 2013 Oregon Spring Game but did not record any statistics.
Going into the 2013 season, Armstead will battle with Ricky Havili-Heimuli for the starting defensive tackle position, a job held by Isaac Remington last season. Both are talented players with experience starting in the spot, but ultimately I think it goes to the senior Havili-Heimuli. However, both will see lots of playing time next season.