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Written January 11th, 2011 by MaliBuckeye

Man, I miss Hopper…

Saturday is the deadline for underclassmen to declare for the NFL draft, and we’re already seeing a lot of news regarding decisions on the national scene- Luck is staying, AJ Green is going, Ingram insures no Heisman repeat, and LeShoure from Illinois is jumping ship as well.

But for Buckeye fans, the questions swirl about the five/six student athletes who will be required to miss gametime next season- Will They or Won’t They stay?  All the verbiage has been positive to this point- “sticking with the plan”, as it were, but stranger things can happen. Even Brewster, the guy many thought would be the #1 center drafted, has been under a microscope and has stated he wants to come back for one more year.

What do they do, Buckeye Nation?  And what would YOU do? Let us know what you think in the comments section below…

Also, over at Fox Sports Ohio  (motto- “We’re not ESPN. You’re welcome.”) they’re giving you a chance to weigh in as well- Be sure to pop by and make your voice heard!


  1. MaliBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    January 11th, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    I’ll start- All back. With the new conference configuration, the Buckeyes will only need to win their division (Leaders? Legends?) in order to have a shot at a BCS game and perhaps the copiously sparkly football. For guys who’s draft status is uncertain, with an uncertain labor agreement looming, it makes sense.

    That being said, if it was me, I’d be vapor trails (unless I’d given my word). Young adults go to college in part to prepare themselves for a career- we don’t criticize students who drop out to work at Apple or Microsoft and begin their vocation. If you’re calling is football, it should also be remembered that the tenure will most likely be short, no reason not to strike while the iron is hot.


  2. JimNo Gravatar
    January 12th, 2011 at 10:32 am

    The ‘who stays, who goes’ circus is a bit down this offseason.

    Only five players filed paperwork for the NFL and four of them are amongst the tatted five and have given their word to return. While giving their word doesn’t guarantee much, any smoke about them leaving (Mike Adams, for instance) has been purely manufactured garbage from the media deliberately manipulating quotes.

    The fifth player is Mike Brewster, who has also confirmed that he will be back next season.

    That is yet another reason to be thankful for Tressel and the style of player he recruits. A lot of them value the college experience and aren’t just looking for an early springboard into the NFL.

    For comparison, look at Illinois. Every player with half an NFL draft pulse leaves without a second thought for the Illini these days. If they are not a first round talent, chances are they will be back to OSU.


  3. Lurking_MichaelNo Gravatar
    January 12th, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    All back. The Vest abides.


  4. ErictBBCNo Gravatar
    January 12th, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Sure says a lot about Tressel’s character and teaching methods that he can get these five to stick around, regardless of the circumstances.


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