Wednesday, January 6, 2010

HOMAN ALSO STAYING PUT; THOMAS LEAVING TEAM

COLUMBUS — Ohio State's leading tackler will be returning to Columbus for his senior season next fall.

Junior linebacker Ross Homan — who recorded a team-high 108 tackles for the Big Ten and Rose Bowl champion Buckeyes — stated Wednesday that he wanted to return to Ohio State to help the Buckeyes win a national championship and a sixth straight conference title.

"I look forward to being a senior leader, and helping try and lead our team to the Big Ten title and national championship," Homan said. "I know this upcoming year will help me improve as a player and also help our team.

"I believe we can even outwork ourselves from what we did this past season."

Homan was a second team all-Big Ten selection and a key figure of the Buckeyes' Rose Bowl winning defense, recording a game-high 12 tackles and an interception in OSU's 26-17 win over Oregon last Friday night in Pasadena.

Homan said winning the Rose Bowl was something he had always dreamed of doing ever since he was a child in Coldwater, Ohio.

"Winning the Rose Bowl was a dream come true for me," Homan said. "I remember watching the 1997 game (against Arizona State) as a little kid. To get to play in the Rose Bowl and win, it was something special.

"I believe we can have that kind of success again in 2010."

With defensive standouts' Cameron Heyward and Chimdi Chekwa, as well as Homan all deciding to stay in Columbus for their senior season, the Buckeyes will have 15 returning starters next fall.

Defensive end/linebacker, Thaddeus Gibson, announced Tuesday that he will enter the 2010 NFL draft.

HEADING ELSEWHERE — Buckeyes kick returner Lamaar Thomas and defensive back Rocco Pentello have decided to transfer from Ohio State.

Thomas hasn't made it known where he will be heading. However, Pentello, who never play a single game at OSU, will be playing at Ashland.