Ohio State DE Gholston To Enter NFL

Set a school record with 14 sacks in 13 games

Jan. 11, 2008

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (Ticker) - Ohio State defensive end Vernon Gholston announced Friday that he will forego his senior season and enter the NFL draft.

A second-team All-American, Gholston was one of the leaders on the nation's top ranked defense.

Gholston recorded 37 tackles - 15 1/2 for a loss - and set a school record with 14 sacks in 13 games. The 6-4 260-pounder also set a school record for sacks in a game (4).

"It is with profound emotion, yet great anticipation, that I announce my decision to forgo my senior year of collegiate eligibility as a member of the Ohio State football team and enter the 2008 National Football League draft," Gholston said in a statement. "I reached this conclusion through strategic meditation with my close family, coaches and teammates." Gholston had three tackles, including one sack, in a 38-24 loss to Louisiana State in the Bowl Championship Series title game on Monday.

While Gholston is leaving, cornerback Malcolm Jenkins announced he is returning for his senior season.

A second-team All-American and Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist, Jenkins recorded 40 tackles and four interceptions in 13 games.

The 6-1, 202-pound Jenkins had three tackles and an interception in the loss to LSU.

"After a great deal of deliberation, I have decided to remain at Ohio State for 2008 to complete my degree and my football career," Jenkins said.

"I don't feel that I've accomplished everything I can accomplish in college football, and there's still a lot for me to conquer and shoot for: the national championship, another Big Ten championship, the Thorpe Award. And I really look forward to the honors and perks associated with being a senior on this team."