Laurinaitis staying at Ohio State

Jan 14, 2008 - 10:56 PM COLUMBUS, Ohio (Ticker) -- All-American linebacker James Laurinaitis on Monday announced that he will stay at Ohio State for his senior year.

Laurinaitis won the 2007 Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker and the 2006 Nagurski Award as the top defensive player in college football.

The reigning Big Ten Conference Defensive Player of the Year, Laurinaitis set a BCS championship game record with 18 tackles in a 38-24 loss to Louisiana State.

Laurinaitis, one of Ohio State's captains, led the Buckeyes with 121 tackles for the season.

"After a long thought process and strategic evaluation of the pros and cons of this decision with my close family and friends, I've decided to stay at Ohio State for my senior season to complete my schoolwork and football career," Laurinaitis said in a statement.

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