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COLUMBUS, Ohio All-Big Ten defensive back Kurt Coleman announced this morning that he has decided to stay at Ohio State for his senior year.

A statement from Coleman:

“After a lot of thought and study, I have decided to remain at Ohio State for the 2009 season to complete my degree and my college football career.

“I am extremely blessed to be in the position where these opportunities are possible, and I’m very grateful for the support of my family, my teammates and the Ohio State community.

“My decision to come back is a lot about helping this team. I feel we can do anything next year. We have a lot of great leaders coming back and an excellent group of underclass talent. For me personally, my family and I felt this was the best decision for me, to make my career at Ohio State even better than it has already been.

“I have a lot to prove to myself and a lot of things I want to accomplish. With one more year here, I can attain all those goals.

Coleman, from Dayton, Ohio, was Ohio State’s defensive champion four times last season and an all-Big Ten selection. He had 78 tackles as a junior and four interceptions for the Buckeyes. He is scheduled to graduate next December with a bachelor’s degree in sport and leisure studies.