Oregon defensive tackle Arik Armstead has high expectations,….for himself and for his team.
As a true sophomore in defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti’s system, and now a year older and stronger, Armstead is clearly on his way to becoming a force on the Ducks defensive line.
Armstead, at 6’8 and 280 lbs, has been outspoken about his 2013 season, what his coaches expect from him and what he expects of himself.
“Establish myself” said Armstead when asked about his priorities for the upcoming season.
“I think my role changed a little bit this season. Being a year older, they [ coaches ] expect more things from me this year. I think I’m going to be capable of going out there and helping them win.”
With another year in Aliotti’s system and a slimmed down physique that will no doubt add speed to his game, the Ducks defensive line will revolve around Armstead and his multi-faceted skill set.
In high school and somewhat last year in his freshman season, Armstead relied mostly on his size and strength to bull rush opponents.
This season, Aliotti and new defensive line coach Ron Aiken want their young and talented defensive lineman to concentrate on all facets of their positions.
“Certain plays they want us to penetrate and get into the backfield and cause havoc,…and some plays they want us to fight double-teams and take up space so linebackers can fire around and make plays.”
On the eve of his second season, and now becoming a full time starter, Armstead say’s he’s more comfortable this time around simply because he knows what to expect.
“I don’t really get to anxious before a game….I try to stay relaxed and calm” say’s Armstead.
“Still first game nerves…..but when I run out on the field, I think I’ll be ready to go.”
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