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Jones returns from her Big Ten Freshman season

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Taylor Jones returns in 2010 after leading Ohio State in the all-around, as well as on vault and floor as a true freshman. She became just the second Buckeye to earn Big Ten Freshman of the Year honor in 2009 and was named first-team All-Big Ten, making an immediate impact for the Scarlet and Gray.

“Taylor begins her sophomore season as the reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Year,” Carey Fagan, Ohio State head coach, said. “She has worked hard during the off season to upgrade a few of her routines and is on track for a super sophomore season. Taylor also is developing into one of the leaders on the team and as one of the team’s most consistent scorers last season, she will be looked to on every event this year.”

Learn more about Jones in a Q&A below.

On the serious side …
Athletically, what are your personal and team goals this season?
Personally: Becoming an All-American, staying consistent and contributing to the team as much as I can.

Team goal: Winning the Big Ten and going to nationals.

How do you balance the pressure of athletics and academics?
“Staying focused and keeping my eye on the big picture. Remembering why I came to THE Ohio State University in the first place, to not only do as well as I can in the gym but to also succeed academically.”

Who has made the greatest influence on you as a student-athlete?
“My parents, my coaches, my teammates and my closest friends.”

Now for some quick hits …
Nickname: T. Jones

My OSU roommate for 2009-10 is: Nicole Krauter, Casey Williamson and Kat Green

My favorite home-cooked meal: My mother’s lasagna

Growing up, my wildest career ambition was: An undercover FBI agent

Who would play you in a movie? Ellen Paige

My favorite song to work-out to is: Anything Red Hot Chili Peppers

Favorite class I’ve taken at Ohio State: History of Art

Best part about road meets: The bus rides

Coolest place I’ve competed at: Maui                   

Show I always DVR: Law and Order: SVU                                             

Top song on my MP3 player: “Where Are You Going” by Dave Matthews

I’m most proud of: My family