Oklahoma's Jones, Wisconsin's Ball to Return to College for Senior Season

Oklahoma's Jones, Wisconsin's Ball to Return to College for Senior Season
Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 5:15pm

Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones, the school's all-time leading passer, announced Thursday that he is returning to school for his senior year.

"I want to accomplish the goals that I set before I got here, and there is still a lot more to do," Jones said. "I want to make sure I've exhausted every effort in that area. And I want to be a senior. I enjoy being at OU and with my teammates and look forward to graduating with the guys that were in my class when I got here."

Earlier Thursday, Oklahoma junior defensive end Ronnell Lewis announced that he will skip his senior season and enter the draft.

Wisconsin Running Back Montee Ball is returning for his senior year. Ball ran for over 1900 yards and 33 touchdowns this season, and was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy. The running back said NFL evaluators told him he would likely be a third round pick if he entered April's draft.

Bell tied Barry Sanders' fFBS NCAA record with 39 total touchdowns this season.

Another top flight college wide receiver says he's ready to play in the pros. South Carolina receiver Alshon Jeffrey said "ready for the next step." Jeffrey has yet to retain an agent, which would allow the Junior to change his mind and return to college. The 6-4, 230-pound Jeffrey tied the school record for career touchdown receptions with 23.ne bowl monday.

Additional information:

The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft is January 15. If a player does not retain an agent, he may change his mind and return to college with NCAA eligibility.

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