Oct 19, 2013; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (14) catches the ball for a touch back against the Washington State Cougars at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

Ifo Ekpre-Olomu explains rationale behind staying at Oregon

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Oregon Ducks star cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu announced on Monday that he’ll be returning to the University of Oregon next seasons instead of entering the 2014 NFL Draft.

Ekpre-Olomu, who said he was labeled a second-round prospect by draft evaluators, met with the media to discuss his decision and his goals for next year.

Per The Oregonian:

I made the decision to stay and I’m moving on. I mean I think at the same time in this next year I feel I can become a better player and that’s all I could ask for. The NFL is here and I know it’s not here for everyone but I have another year to stay here and I’ll be fine.


I feel I just need to work on everything. I never really thought of anything I needed to improve on before I can get there (the NFL). I want to improve for myself before I get there.

Ekpre-Olomu also said academics played a major role in his decision.

With Hroniss Grasu and Marcus Mariota also returning for the 2014 season, expect to see the Ducks contend for the Pac-12 North once again.

[Source: The Oregonian]

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