Senior corner Ifo Ekpre-Olomu is the pulse of the entire defense, not just the secondary, and the presence of the All-American makes the rebuild of UO's defensive backfield less daunting even if still challenging.
■ Dale Newton takes a closer look at the QB depth chart after recent transfers.
■ Hroniss Grasu has been named to the Rimington Trophy watch list as one of the nation's top centers.
■ Chantel Jennings looks at the the top Pac-12 returning statistical leaders where you'll see many familiar names.
■ Ashley Young also talks about the last line of defense.
■ ESPN gives you a beginners guide to the new college playoff system.
■ Looks like Colt Lyerla will get his chance with the Green Bay Packers.
■ Oregon will wrap up the regular season with a four-game homestand with the Ducks getting another shot at