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Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Pac-12 top 25 for 2013: No. 8

By Kevin Gemmell

Our countdown of the Pac-12’s top 25 preseason players in 2013 continues.

A lot of good players, as it happens every year, won’t make the preseason list. It is in their hands to make the postseason list.

You can review our 2012 postseason top 25 here.

8. Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon

2012 numbers: Was Oregon’s fourth-leading tackler last season with 63 stops. Broke up 16 passes and was seventh nationally in passes defended (20). He had four interceptions, returning one for a touchdown. He also forced six fumbled and recovered another.

2012 postseason ranking: No. 18

Making the case for Ekpre-Olomu: Emerged as one of the premier defensive players in the country last year and was a turnover machine with his four picks and six forced fumbles. Now he comes into 2013 regarded by many as the top cornerback prospect in the country. Much like Ed Reynolds' numbers are bolstered with safety Jordan Richards playing along side him at Stanford, Ekpre-Olomu certainly benefits from Terrance Mitchell playing across the field. Together, they make up the most feared cornerback tandem in the country and with teams throwing away from Mitchell last year, Ekpre-Olomu made the most of his opportunities, earning third-team All-America honors. This might be the best Oregon secondary in school history. And with the Ducks returning their entire defensive backfield from a year ago (a group that led the country in interceptions) look for them to again be one of the top secondaries in the country with Ekpre-Olomu again in the mix for All-American honors.

9. David Yankey, OG, Stanford
10Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State
11Ed Reynolds, S, Stanford
12Taylor Kelly, QB, Arizona State
13Austin Seferian Jenkins, TE, Washington
14De'Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon
15Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington
16Shayne Skov, LB, Stanford
17Kevin Hogan, QB, Stanford
18Xavier Su'a-Filo, OL, UCLA
19Morgan Breslin, OLB, USC
20Colt Lyerla, TE, Oregon
21Carl Bradford, LB, Arizona State
22Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
23Hroniss Grasu, C, Oregon
24Marion Grice, RB, Arizona State
25Ben Gardner, DE, Stanford