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OSU's Top Interceptor Out, Says He's Turning Pro

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Cornerback Derek Ross has played his last game in an Ohio State uniform.

Ross, who led the Big Ten with seven interceptions this year, underwent shoulder and toe surgery Wednesday and will not be available when the Buckeyes play Jan. 1 in the Outback Bowl.

The junior met with coach Jim Tressel on Monday and told him he would give up his final season of eligibility to make himself available for the NFL draft, Ohio State sports information director Steve Snapp said.

"He is enrolled and plans to be in school winter quarter," Snapp said.

Tressel has not made a decision on who will take Ross' place in the Buckeyes' starting lineup, Snapp said. Ohio State begins bowl practice on Friday. The Buckeyes' opponent has yet to be determined.

"On the two-deep, I've got Bobby Britton and Cie Grant as the starters," Snapp said. Grant has started at the cornerback spot opposite Ross all season.

Ross has called a news conference for Friday at the university's Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

Ross had 39 solo tackles, one sack and forced one fumble.

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