12/03/2013 - There were several impact performers in the "Civil War" on Friday, including quarterback Marcus Mariota and wide receiver Josh Huff on the Oregon offense. But it's Ducks junior cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu who stood out the most for the entire 60 minutes, showing up time and time again when his team needed him. He finished with a team-best 12 tackles and four passes defended, adding an interception, his third of the season. Ekpre-Olomu has terrific hand-eye coordination, quick reflexes and explosive footwork to make plays against the pass and the run. If there is a better draft-eligible cornerback in the country, I have yet to see him. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
12/01/2013 - 2014 NFL Draft: Ducks' Ifo Ekpre-Olomu stars in Civil War...Scouts are always appreciative of ball-hawking cornerbacks and Ekpre-Olomu has certainly shown the ball-skills to earn that designation with Friday night's theft his seventh over the past two seasons. While interceptions are nice, it is Ekpre-Olomu's physicality which stands out in comparison to most of the other highly regarded cornerbacks across the country. Ekpre-Olomu was unofficially credited with 14 tackles against the Beavers, consistently knocking back OSU ball-carriers with sound, physical hits. Many of his stops were due to his aggression in fighting through blocks and a testament to his recognition against quick screens and the run.
One particularly impressive tackle came midway through the third quarter with the Ducks clinging to a 24-20 lead. Mannion found running back Terron Ward on a quick dump-off pass on 3rd and eight from the Ducks' 11-yard line. Ward appeared to have an easy lane for the first down and perhaps a score. Instead, Ekpre-Olomu fought through a block to meet the back chest high, driving him out of bounds to set up 4th and one. Ward was stopped for a loss of one a play later, giving the Ducks back the ball and, just as importantly, momentum. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
12/01/2013 - 2014 NFL Draft: Ducks' Ifo Ekpre-Olomu stars in Civil War...The Oregon Ducks may be better known for offense but for the second year in a row it could be a defensive player who earns the highest grade from NFL scouts. Junior cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu would have to give up a year of eligibility to be in contention for the honor of following up hybrid pass rusher Dion Jordan a year ago but against rival Oregon State Friday night, he showed the versatile skill-set talent evaluators are looking for at cornerback in today's NFL.
Ekpre-Olumu played a key role in the Ducks' keeping OSU's best player, wideout Brandin Cooks, out of the end zone in the Ducks' 36-35 victory in the 117th edition of The Civil War. Cooks, the nation's leading receiver with an average of 141.8 receiving yards per contest, was held to 110 on 10 catches, numbers which sound better on paper than they proved in this contest. At times, Ekpre-Olomu was asked to provide man to man coverage against Cooks, a dynamic athlete whose frame and game remind scouts of Seattle's Percy Harvin. Often, Oregon kept a safety back to keep OSU's star wideout from beating them vertically. This was the case when the Oregon cornerback ended the Beavers' first drive of the game with an interception in the end zone. The play came on 4th and 1 and on a play-action pass from quarterback Sean Mannion. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
12/01/2013 - 2014 NFL Draft: Ducks' Ifo Ekpre-Olomu stars in Civil War...The ability to create turnovers and play the run are critical to earn a high grade from NFL scouts but the most important skill for any cornerback, of course, is coverage ability. Expre-Olomu has fluid hips and light feet, which give him the ability to change directions quickly. He is an instinctive, alert defender who reads the quarterback and receiver well, often getting a break on the ball, as a result.
These traits helped Ekpre-Olomu break up four passes Friday night, including a potential touchdown early in the game and the Beavers' two-point conversion attempt with just 1:38 remaining in the game that would have given Oregon State a seven-point lead. Instead, Marcus Mariota led the Ducks on a game-winning touchdown drive moments later. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
11/11/2013 - 2014 NFL Draft: Stanford's Hogan, Yankey, Skov star vs. Oregon...There were few bright spots for the Ducks but one Oregon player who played well was cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu. The junior was flagged early on for pass interference that negated what should have been his third interception of the season. Like most press-corners, Ekpre-Olomu gets a little grabby down the field but on this particular play, he and the Stanford receiver were in the midst of the normal hand play that accompanies most deep routes. The correct call, as is the case on too many plays officiated by the Pac-12, would have been no call.
The talented Oregon cornerback still made a big play in this contest. Just as Skov did for Oregon earlier, Ekpre-Olomu returned the favor to Stanford, forcing a fumble of Tyler Gaffney in the third quarter that could have given the Ducks momentum. Instead, Gaffney ripped the ball back with one arm, epitomizing Stanford's physical man-handling of the Ducks. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/13/2013 - TOP OREGON PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 3. CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (5-10, 190, 4.52)*...With opponents forced to try and keep up with the Ducks' high-octane offense, Oregon's defenders are often in position to make big plays -- something that Ekpre-Olomu proved quite adept at exploiting in his first season as a starter. Athletic, physical and instinctive, Ekpre-Olomu (full name is pronounced ee-fo eck-pray-olo-moo) registered a Pac-12-leading 20 passes defensed in 2012, including four interceptions. The former prep safety showed off his big-hitting ability last year, as well, tying for the league-lead with six forced fumbles.
While competitive and alert, Ekpre-Olomu is not an elite cover corner. He possesses enough athleticism to remain at the position in the NFL but relies on vision, timing and hand-eye coordination rather than extraordinary speed or fluidity to shut down opponents, demonstrating the ability to play off, press and zone coverage with the Ducks. Ekpre-Olomu possesses broad shoulders and a well-built frame overall and is sound in run-support, making him one of the better all-around cornerback prospects in the country. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/13/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu earned first-team, all-Pac-12 honors as a sophomore. He ranked second on the team with four interceptions and returned one for a touchdown. He tied for second in the nation with six forced fumbled and tied for sixth in the country with 20 passes defended. - The Sports Xchange
07/16/2013 - 2013 JIM THORPE AWARD WATCH LIST: CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon...Ekpre-Olomu led the Pac-12 Conference in passes defended (20), tied for the league lead in forced fumbles (6) and was tied for fifth in interceptions (4) a year ago. Additionally, the Chino Hills, Calif., native was a first-team all-conference selection and garnered third team All-America honors. - Oregon football
07/16/2013 - 2013 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY WATCH LIST: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon, DB...Ekpre-Olomu, who was previously added to the watch list for the 2013 Bednarik Award, led the Pac-12 Conference in passes defended (20), tied for the league lead in forced fumbles (6) and was tied for fifth in interceptions (4) a year ago. Additionally, the Chino Hills, Calif., native was a first-team all-conference selection and garnered third team All-America honors. - Oregon football
07/16/2013 - 2013 BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon...Ekpre-Olomu led the Pac-12 Conference in passes defended in 2012 (20), tied for the league lead in forced fumbles (6) and was tied for fifth in interceptions (4). The first-team all-conference choice completed the year earning third-team All-America honors. - Oregon football
05/21/2013 - 2013 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY WATCH LIST: Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon...The Junior Cornerback from Chino Hills, California is coming off a great first full year performance. He combined for 4 interceptions, taking one of those back for a touchdown. In possibly his biggest game last year against Oregon State he caught an interception and also had 5 stops in the win. - Eugene Daily News
05/04/2013 - 2014 NFL DRAFT: EARLY TOP-50 DRAFT BOARD: 38. CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon (5-10, 190, 4.52)*...One of the Pac-12's breakout stars last season, Ekpre-Olomu led the conference with 20 passes defended. His pro arrow is pointing up. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/03/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: DB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu was a first-team, all-Pac-12 selection as a sophomore and earned third-team, All-American honors from the Associated Press. He is tied for second in the nation with six forced fumbles and is tied for fifth with 19 passes defended. He will be challenged to come up with a fumble or interception against Kansas State, which has only 10 turnovers on the season. Ekpre-Olomu is tied for the team lead with four interceptions and is fourth with 58 tackles. - The Sports Xchange
12/16/2012 - 2012 AP ALL-AMERICAN THIRD TEAM: CB - Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, sophomore, Oregon, has been selected Third Team All-American for the 2012 college football season by the Associated Press. - Oregon football