(First off, quarterbacks are excluded to make things more interesting. It goes without saying, for example, that Marcus Mariota is Oregon's most important player.)
While the Ducks traditionally play a lot of folks on defense, and the projected starters in 2014 are fairly game-tested, there's no question that Ekpre-Olomu is the veteran bell cow and leader. He needs to lead not only by example but also lead by making sure everybody is lining up correctly and handling the adversity that inevitably hits a defensive back.
■ Alex Kirby looks at three shortcuts to creating a no-huddle offense.
■ CB Jihree Stewart (Corona, CA) verbally committed to the 2015 recruiting class recently.
The 6-foot-, 175-pound defensive back is rated as three stars by Rivals, Scout and 247Sports. He becomes the fifth official member of the Ducks' upcoming class and the first defender.