Ekpre-Olomu’s stat line might not be the most impressive thing anyone has every seen, but unfortunately there isn’t a statistic that counts the number of times quarterbacks throw away from a certain side of the field because a certain player is there. In that statistic, Ekpre-Olomu -- a Jim Thorpe Award finalist -- probably would’ve led the Pac-12. To understand his athleticism as a DB one needs to look no further than his one-handed interception of Connor Cook during the Ducks’ thumping of Michigan State in week 2 of the 2014 season. If that wasn’t a warning sign to signal-callers, we’re not sure what is. Ekpre-Olomu suffered a season-ending leg injury during prep for the Rose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutual, which cut his senior year short. But even so, it was a very, very impressive campaign.
■ Rob Moseley has a 2014 season in review for the quarterbacks.
■ Andrew Nemec notes the Oregon recruiting class has moved up to #14 and has Shane Lemieux at #8 as he counts down the top 10 recruits this year. ATQ profiles incoming recruit Taj Griffin.
■ George Horton and Mitchell Tolman talk with reporters during baseball media day yesterday.
■ Dale Newton calls Byron Marshall the "swiss army knife" of Oregon football.
In a year where the Ducks have to venture out without Marcus Mariota, having the steady, productive senior around for another season is priceless. He’ll help a young quarterback in a reconfigured offense, provide big plays and consistency.