It has been a busy week for certain members of the Oregon Ducks Football team and as the week comes to a close Cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu can add another preseason watch list nomination to his resume for 2014 for the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the Nation’s Best Defensive Back. Earlier this week Olomu was added to the lists for the Nagurski and Maxwell Awards for Defensive Player and Player of the Year respectively. This is the third honor for the Oregon Ducks Senior who decided to return to school over taking a chance at the NFL in the offseason.
Including Oregon, there were four Pac-12 Conference schools with nominees on the Thorpe Preseason Watch List including USC Trojans Sophomore Su’a Cravens, Washington Huskies Junior Marcus Peters and Stanford Cardinal Senior Jordan Richards who will enter Autzen Stadium on Saturday November 1st. The Oregon Ducks have another opponent with not one but two nominees on the list in Michigan State Spartans Senior Curtis Drummond and Junior Trae Waynes who visit Eugene the second weekend of the season on September 6th.
With his third nod on a Presason Watch List the eyes of the Nation will clearly be watching the Oregon Ducks Senior this season as he will look to lead the Oregon Ducks Defense toward a National Title. Fall Camp for the Oregon Ducks starts on August 4th and the season begins on Saturday August 30th as Oregon hosts South Dakota at 7:30pm PT on Pac-12 Networks. Michigan State visits Autzen Stadium the following week on September 6th for a 3:30pm PT kickoff on Fox.