Quack Fix: Ekpre-Olomu added to Jim Thorpe Award watch list

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Your morning helping of Oregon Ducks news.

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  • Ifo Ekpre-Olomu found himself on another watch list Friday, this time for the Jim Thorpe Award, presented each year to the nation's top defensive back. Ekpre-Olomu is also on the watch list for Bednarik Award and the Nagurski Trophy, both recognizing the top defensive player in the nation each year.
  • In case you missed it, Athlon Sports ranked Autzen Stadium No. 3 on their list of best stadiums in college football. LSU's Tiger Stadium topped the list, while Ohio State's famous horseshoe stadium came in at No. 2. Notably, Autzen beat out some impressive venues, including Notre Dame Stadium, Neyland Stadium and Bryant-Denny Stadium.
  • They never got to hoist a crystal ball, but if Oregon does indeed win the inaugural College Football Playoff, they'll get to claim what has to be the most boring championship trophy in all of sports. The new trophy was revealed Monday morning. Go ahead and have a look, I'll still be here yawning when you get back.
  • There's no doubt that Eugene is a running mecca, but is it ready to take the step onto the big stage and host the biggest track meet in the world? Austin Meeks takes a look at that question which has already been asked a thousand times with no definitive answer. This month's IAAF World Junior Championships will be a dress rehearsal of sorts. Eugene is in the running to host the IAAF World Championships in 2019, but will have to beat out other cities like Barcelona and Doha. Official bids are due in September. The IAAF commission would visit cities in October with an official decision coming in November.
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