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Oregon cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu to return for senior season

Ifo Ekpre-Olomu (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) Oregon All-conference cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu has seven career interceptions. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Oregon cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu will return to Oregon for his senior season, the school announced Monday.

Ekpre-Olomu was second on the team with 84 total tackles this season and also added for three interceptions. He was named first-time All Pac-12 and a second-team All-American selection by the Associated Press.

Oregon will be loaded next season with quarterback Marcus Mariota and center Hroniss Grasu coming back for another season.

“The two main factors related to my decision to return were my continued progression as a person and a player, and I felt Oregon was my best option to achieve those goals and improve my situation for next year,” Ekpre-Olomu said.

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"I should be able to finish my degree by next fall, possibly by the end of the summer," he said. "Football is only one phase of who I am; my degree will be forever. Secondly was my ability to make an impact and become a top (draft) pick, and I felt staying one more year would only help me.”

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