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Ohio State's Ginn, Pittman to enter NFL draft

AKRON, Ohio (Jan. 15, 2007) -- Ohio State running back Antonio Pittman announced he will forego his senior season to enter the NFL draft in April.

While wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. hadn't made his intentions official, his father, Ted Ginn Sr., told The Plain Dealer that Ohio State's game-breaking kick returner will also skip his final season.

"It was the best thing for him," Ted Ginn Sr. told the newspaper. "Emotionally, it's not the best thing for him, but financially it was."

The two join wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez, who declared for the draft Jan. 11, as Ohio State players to leave school early. The three were part of the Buckeyes team that lost to Florida in the BCS national championship Jan. 8.

Pittman, who announced his intention at a news conference at Buchtel High School in Akron, rushed for 1,233 yards and 14 touchdowns this season.

Ginn caught 59 passes for 781 yards and nine touchdowns, but sprained a foot after returning the opening kickoff for a touchdown against the Gators. Ginn Sr. told the newspaper it was a difficult decision for his son to leave because he didn't like the way things ended for him at Ohio State.

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