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OSU Senior 'Backers Are Best Of Friends

Freeman and Laurinaitis are friends.

Although Ohio State boasts a veritable embarrassment of riches at a number of positions this season, it is at linebacker where the Buckeyes are particularly stacked. Chief among those reasons are Marcus Freeman and James Laurinaitis, two seniors who have grown as both teammates and friends during the course of their Buckeye careers.

In what Jim Tressel calls his Ohio State family, they might be the two closest brothers. James Laurinaitis and Marcus Freeman have plenty in common. Both are senior linebackers who turned down millions of dollars in the NFL to return for their final seasons as Buckeyes. Both put together standout junior seasons and figure to feature heavily into the team's leadership situation this season. And...

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