Linebacker Shayne Skov and two other major contributors to Stanford's unbending defense announced Saturday that they plan to return for their senior seasons instead of entering the NFL draft.
Defensive end Ben Gardner, outside linebacker Trent Murphy and Skov said via Twitter that they planned to use their fifth years to play for the Cardinal, which won the Rose Bowl on Tuesday for the first time in 41 years.
Gardner wrote: "For those who are wondering, I'll be back at #StanU for my 5th year and another big #partyinthebackfield ... got that crystal ball on my mind."
The crystal ball reference is about the player's goal to win a BCS championship.
Skov followed Gardner's announcement by making reference to the players' distinctive hair styles: "The Mohawk would never leave The Mullet behind #1moreyear."
Skov, who grew up in Piedmont, did not immediately return a call asking for further comment.
Finally, Murphy tweeted, "Alright, alright, Wouldn't be right to leave the crew behind. Your boy's got #1moreyear at #StanU"
Stanford's defense played a big role in the Cardinal's 12-2 season and No. 8 national ranking. Stanford allowed opponents an average of 17.2 points per game.
Skov led the team with 81 tackles a year after a season-ending knee injury. Murphy had 56 tackles and a team-leading 10 sacks, and Gardner had 49 tackles and 7½ sacks.
Michigan State: Defensive end William Gholston is
Rutgers: Running back Jawan Jamison has elected to forgo his final two years of eligibility and enter the NFL draft. Cornerback Logan Ryan also decided to leave school recently. Jamison rushed for 1,075 yards this season, averaging 4.2 yards per carry. The Starke, Fla., native scored four touchdowns and also caught 28 passes for 323 yards.
Kelly, Saban staying put: Brian Kelly says leaving Notre Dame "isn't an option." Alabama's Nick Saban says he has no "unfinished business" in the NFL. While Oregon coach Chip Kelly ponders which NFL job -- if any -- he wants, the coaches getting ready to meet in the BCS championship said during media day at Sun Life Stadium that they have no interest in jumping to the pros.
Brian Kelly is in his third season with the top-ranked Fighting Irish and has led them to an undefeated season. .
"Leaving is not an option. I don't even think about it," he said.
Saban, who did a two-year stint with the Miami Dolphins before taking the Alabama job in 2007, doesn't seem to have any interest in going back.
"I don't have any unfinished business in the NFL," Saban said. "It's not something I'm concerned about. It's not even anything I want to do."
Arkansas State-Kent State: Arkansas State's Ryan Aplin owns nearly every school passing record after four productive seasons for the Red Wolves. For his final game, the senior quarterback will get quite a test from No. 25 Kent State's gambling defense when the two teams meet on Sunday in the GoDaddy.com Bowl in Mobile, Ala.
BBVA Compass Bowl: Bo Wallace threw three touchdown passes and Ole Miss beat Pittsburgh 38-17 in the BBVA Compass Bowl in Birmingham, Ala., to complete an impressive turnaround. Ole Miss (7-6) took a five-win improvement over its 2-10 finish in 2011.
Wallace, chosen the game's MVP, completed 22 of 32 passes for 151 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions.
FCS championship: Quarterback Brock Jensen ran for three touchdowns, Sam Ojuri scored twice, and North Dakota State (14-1) beat Sam Houston State (11-4) 39-13 in Frisco, Texas, in a title-game rematch for its second straight FCS championship.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.