13 Buckeyes Juniors Fill Out Paperwork To Measure NFL Interest
Tressel declined to identify the players
Dec. 13, 2007
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State coach Jim Tressel encouraged 13 of his juniors to ask the NFL where they might go in the next draft.
Tressel declined to identify the players Thursday during Ohio State's bowl media day news conference.
"I'm sure you could guess," he said.
Linebackers James Laurinaitis and Marcus Freeman, quarterback Todd Boeckman, defensive lineman Vernon Gholston, cornerback Malcolm Jenkins and wide receivers Brian Robiskie and Brian Hartline confirmed they had sent information to the NFL.
The top-ranked Buckeyes (11-1) play No. 2 LSU (11-2) in the BCS national championship game at the Louisiana Superdome on Jan. 7.
The large number of underclassmen contemplating the NFL comes a year after Ohio State lost three top offensive players who gave up their final year of eligibility. Wide receivers Ted Ginn Jr. and Anthony Gonzalez were taken in the first round of the draft, and running back Antonio Pittman went in the fourth round.
Several Buckeyes have said that all the talk about the NFL, agents, draft prospects and money were major distractions to the team heading into last year's BCS title game. Florida beat Ohio State 41-14 in that game.