COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Speedy wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez, a deep threat and the second-leading receiver for Ohio State, said on Thursday that he will not return for his senior season and will enter the NFL draft.
"Obviously, it's the toughest thing I've ever had to do in my life," The 6-foot, 195-pounder said at a news conference in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
Two other Buckeyes are contemplating jumping to the NFL a year early. Tailback Antonio Pittman will announce his decision on Monday at his Akron high school. Wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. has not yet made up his mind, his father said on Thursday.
Another junior on offense, tackle Kirk Barton, said two weeks ago that he will remain for his final season.
An Academic All-American, Gonzalez was an All-Big Ten selection. He finished the season with 51 receptions for 734 yards and eight touchdowns - all career highs.
Gonzalez is a philosophy major who is one of the most popular players on the roster. He is as well known for sleeping in an oxygen-depletion tent and his knack for cooking Cuban food as he is for his play on the field.