Sunday, January 6, 2013
Roby says he's returning to Ohio State
By Adam Rittenberg
Apologies for posting this a bit late, but Ohio State received some good news Saturday night when cornerback Bradley Roby told The Columbus Dispatch that he'll return for the 2013 season.
Roby, a draft-eligible redshirt sophomore, told The Dispatch's Tim May that although his draft stock is in a good place after a strong season, he has "unfinished business" with the Buckeyes. He earned All-Big Ten honors after tying for the Big Ten lead in passes defended with 19 (17 pass breakups, 2 interceptions). Roby had a fumble recovery and a blocked kick and scored three touchdowns for Ohio State this fall.
Colleague Austin Ward weighs in on Roby's decision here.
"We should really be playing in the national championship [game] but we weren’t able to, so I really felt like if I come back we'd have a better chance, " he told The Dispatch. "Also, I haven't finished what I came to Ohio State to do, which was to become one of the best corners to come out of Ohio State. I don't think I've accomplished that yet. I know the NFL is there, the money’s there, but you always have another opportunity for that. I just talked this over with my family and feel like this is the best thing for me to do."
Ohio State has lost several key pieces from its defense to graduation or early NFL draft entry (DT Johnathan Hankins), so Roby's return, while not a huge surprise, is important. He's a terrific cornerback and one of the most quotable players in the Big Ten, so expect to hear a lot from him as the Buckeyes chase the crystal football in 2013.
Ohio State fans hope for the same decision from junior running back Carlos Hyde, who is considering a jump to the NFL after rushing for 970 yards and 16 touchdowns this season.