Tuesday, January 5, 2010


COLUMBUS — Cameron Heyward and Chimdi Chekwa, two critical components of the stingy Ohio State defense, have decided that they will return to Columbus for their senior seasons.

Heyward, who recorded the Buckeyes only sack in last Friday's Rose Bowl victory over Oregon, stated that a national championship, as well as being a leader for the Buckeyes defense are major reasons why he will be returning to Columbus in 2010.

"I want to help our team achieve the goals of winning another Big Ten title and possibly accomplishing a national championship," Heyward said in a statement Tuesday. "If I could win some recognition, that would be great as well. I think I can be a leader for our team, and I know another season will help me become a better player."

Heyward, the son of former NFL running back, Craig "Iron Head" Heyward, finished the season with a team-high 6.5 sacks.

Chekwa, an all-around cornerback who finished his junior campaign with 43 tackles, an interception, eight passes defended and a team-high seven breakups, also returned to OSU because of the opportunity to be a team leader and play for a national title.

"I am not ready to leave Ohio State, and I am looking forward to my senior season," Checkwa said Tuesday. "I prayed about this decision and talked about it with my parents, and I know this is the right decision for me.

"I will graduate next fall, and I am looking forward to being a leader on what can be a very special defense for the Buckeyes. After the Rose Bowl win, we are working toward accomplishing more great things, including another Big Ten title and a run at the national championship."

The Buckeyes will return 15 starters in 2010.