Thursday, January 31, 2013
Pac-12 top 25 for 2012: No. 18
By Ted Miller
Our countdown of the Pac-12's top 25 players in 2012 continues.
You can see our preseason top 25 here.
No. 18: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon
2012 numbers: Ekpre-Olomu was fourth on the Ducks with 63 tackles. He also tied for seventh in the Pac-12 with four interceptions and tied for first with six forced fumbles.
Preseason ranking: Unranked
Making the case for Ekpre-Olomu: Teams tested Ekpre-Olomu this year. He passed. The first-team All-Pac-12 corner led the conference with 20 pass breakups, as teams tried to attack the unproven sophomore lining up opposite Terrance Mitchell, and he proved up to the task. He was the most productive member of a secondary that ranked second in the conference and 15th in the nation in pass efficiency defense. Foes averaged just 5.79 yard per attempt. But the bottom line for Ekpre-Olomu is the turnovers. He forced 10 this season, an incredible number. He and Mitchell will give the Ducks perhaps the best tandem of CBs in the nation next fall.
No. 19: David Yankey, OL, Stanford
No. 20: Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon
No. 21: Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State
No. 22: Ed Reyonlds, S, Stanford
No. 23: Michael Clay, LB, Oregon
No. 24: Taylor Kelly, QB, Arizona State
No. 25: Reggie Dunn, KR, Utah