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Heyward, Chekwa return to Ohio State

Updated: January 5, 2010, 5:18 PM ET
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com

After losing defensive end Thaddeus Gibson to the NFL, Ohio State Buckeyes received a huge boost Tuesday when defensive lineman Cameron Heyward said he's staying in school.

Heyward, who some projected as a first-round draft pick if he declared, will anchor a talented Buckeyes defense in 2010. Cornerback Chimdi Chekwa also will return next fall.

"I sat down and talked at length with my family about my situation, and they totally support my decision," Heyward said in a statement ...

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