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Oregon Football: 5 Ducks Who'll Ruin Collin Klein's Fiesta Bowl

Nathan LoweryCorrespondent IDecember 13, 2012

Oregon Football: 5 Ducks Who'll Ruin Collin Klein's Fiesta Bowl

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    Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein was fortunate enough to go to New York City as a Heisman Trophy finalist this season.

    Unfortunately for Klein, that will be the last highlight of his successful college career.

    All season long, the Oregon Ducks' defense has gone up against some of the best quarterbacks in the nation, and it has made every one of those quarterbacks look like they belong on the bench.

    Klein will be no exception in the 2013 Fiesta Bowl, as these five Ducks will wreak havoc on Klein all night long in the Arizona desert.

Dion Jordan

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    Those who think that Oregon's roster is only made up of studs on the offensive side of the football have obviously never heard of Dion Jordan.

    Jordan, a highly-rated NFL draft prospect, has been the Duck's premier pass-rusher this season—and he will continue to prove that statement in the Fiesta Bowl.

    Klein will need to showcase his running ability, because he will not have much time in the pocket with Jordan screaming off the line and in his face all night long.

Ifo Ekpre-Olomu

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    Ifo Ekpre-Olomu has transformed into one of the nation's premier, shutdown corners this season as only a sophomore.

    He leads the Ducks with four interceptions—two of which came off of Arizona hurler Matt Scott, while another came against the golden boy Matt Barkley.

    Ekpre-Olomu has been able to provide great pass defense all season, and he will continue to force turnovers against Klein in the Fiesta Bowl.

Michael Clay

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    Due to the fact that Dion Jordan will consistently pressure Klein out of the pocket, forcing him to take off and run on multiple occasions, Michael Clay will have plenty of chances to stop the athletic quarterback.

    Clay has been a standout linebacker all year, and has proven the ability to make a play in the backfield with two sacks on the season.

    His best performances have come against teams that succeed at running the ball—13 tackles against Arizona, and 20 tackles against Stanford.

Taylor Hart

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    While Jordan is Oregon's best pass-rusher, Taylor Hart actually leads the team in sacks with eight.

    Hart, only a junior, has been one of the most consistent defensive linemen on the Duck's roster, and has proven that he can make any quarterback uncomfortable.

    Klein will be no exception.

Kiko Alonso

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    Kiko Alonso's story is something that sounds like it's straight out of Hollywood.

    After multiple arrests and suspensions early in his career, Alonso burst onto the scene in the 2012 Rose Bowl, winning the Defensive Player of the Game Award.

    Alonso finished the season with 68 tackles and four interceptions, despite missing two games.

    After his performance in the Rose Bowl last season, who isn't to say that Alonso will have another great one in the Fiesta Bowl?

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