Good news for Buckeyes as underclassmen announce return to OSU

Parris Campbell

Ohio State junior hybrid back Parris Campbell and redshirt sophomore Dre’Mont Jones both today indicated that they intend to return for another season with the Buckeye football team.

Campbell has played 34 games with the Scarlet and Gray, and is coming off a season in which he recorded 1,045 all-purpose yards, second only to running back J.K. Dobbins and his 1,538 yards.

Most of Campbell’s yards (584) came on his 40 catches. He had three receiving touchdowns. He also ran for 132 yards and one rushing score. Campbell averaged 36.6 yards on nine kick returns.

He did all this in 13 games, as he sat out against Iowa after head coach Urban Meyer said he was “dinged up.”

Jones also missed time due to injury this year. He cut his leg and so was sidelined for games against Rutgers and Maryland. Due to that and the increasing depth along the OSU defensive line, Jones went from 52 tackles in 2016 to 20 this past season.

However, he was able to record five tackles for loss last year compared to four the previous season, and his two pass break ups marked a career high.

Jones’ return should help an Ohio State team that is losing Tyquan Lewis, Tracy Sprinkle, and Jalyn Holmes to graduation, while Sam Hubbard has declared early for the NFL draft.

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Ohio State wide receiver Johnnie Dixon has also announced that he’s planning to return for his senior season.

Dixon is a 5’11”, 195 pound pass catcher, whom head coach Urban Meyer has referred to as the “spiritual and inspirational leader” of the wide receiving corp.

In 2017, he had his most productive season with 18 catches for 422 yards and a team-leading eight receiving touchdowns.

That all came after three-years struggling with chronic injuries that Dixon had admitted caused him to contemplate quitting.

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