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Oregon’s Igor Olshansky to Enter NFL Draft

January 10, 2004

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) _ Oregon defensive lineman Igor Olshansky decided Friday to skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft.

The 6-foot-6, 305-pound native of the Ukraine ranked fifth on the team with 58 stops, 40 unassisted, last season. He led the Ducks with three fumble recoveries.

``I feel I am ready for the next challenge,″ he said.

Olshansky ranked second on the team and eighth in the Pac-10 with 15 tackles for losses.

``I especially will miss my many Oregon fans, whose chants of ‘Igor, Igor,’ spurred me on,″ he said. ``Hopefully with the coaching I’ve received at Oregon, the hard work and determination, I will hear those chants again at some distant city.″

For his career at Oregon, Olshansky had 146 tackles, one interception and three blocked kicks.

The Ducks (8-5) were expected to return five defensive starters and eight offensive starters next season.

``I think he is passing up the opportunity to be a first round draft choice next year, but I’m sure he will make it this year,″ Oregon coach Mike Bellotti said. ``He has my complete blessing in this ... I will wish him well and look forward to watching him on Sundays.″

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