Tuesday, January 5, 2010


COLUMBUS — Ohio State junior defensive end, Thaddeus Gibson, has announced that he will be skipping his senior season to enter the 2010 NFL draft.

"I would like to thank Coach (Jim) Tressel, Coach (Luke) Fickell, Coach (Jim) Heacock, (SID) Shelly Poe, and the entire Ohio State football staff, as well as my mother, brother and of course God, for helping me to have the opportunity to enter the draft, and for the support from my teammates, alumni and Ohio State fans across the nation." Gibson said in a statement which was released by the university on Tuesday.

"I am not leaving the Buckeye family. I wish the team the very best in the upcoming years and I thank all my teammates for all their support. I will keep in touch with my Buckeye family and I love them all.

"I will always bleed Scarlet and Gray."

Gibson, an all-Big Ten selection on the defensive line, helped lead the Buckeyes to a Big Ten title and a Rose Bowl victory this season, by recording 45 tackles (13 TFL), four sacks and an interception.

According to NFL scouting services, Gibson is projected as a third round pick in the upcoming draft.