Source: Ducks All-American Ekpre-Olomu out for season with knee injury

BY Bruce Feldman • December 17, 2014

 

Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, a consensus All-American cornerback for Oregon, sustained a significant knee injury Tuesday at practice and will miss the rest of the season, a source told FOX Sports Wednesday.

The 5-foot-10, 195-pound Ekpre-Olomu, a senior, was a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, honoring the nation's top defensive back. He made 63 tackles, intercepted two passes and defended 11 more this season despite being hobbling by an injured toe at times In 2013, he made 84 tackles and picked off three passes for Oregon.

Ekpre-Olomu is regarded by some NFL draft analysts as the top senior cornerback prospect in the 2015 draft.

Comcast was the first to report the injury.

The Ducks face defending national champion Florida State in the Rose Bowl in the College Football Playoff semifinals Jan. 1. Alabama faces Ohio State in the other national semifinal.

The Ducks will look to redshirt freshman Chris Seisay and senior Dior Mathis to step in for Ekpre-Olomu.

Oregon had Wednesday off but will resume practice Thursday through Saturday this week before the players leave for the holiday break.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



 


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