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Alabama Football: AJ McCarron will return for senior season

Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron has announced that he will return for his senior season in 2013.

Despite reports earlier today that Alabama running back Eddie Lacy and offensive tackle D.J. Fluker will forego their senior year of eligibility and declare for the NFL draft, McCarron’s decision to return leaves little doubt that the Crimson Tide will be back in the national championship hunt again in 2013.

“I had many goals for myself when I came to the University of Alabama,” McCarron said. “I have been lucky enough to achieve some of those goals, but some are still ahead of me. There were many factors in my decision to return to Alabama for my senior year but, after talking with my family and coaches, I knew it was the right choice for me.”

The 6-foot-4 junior out of Mobile, Ala. has passed for a career-high 2,669 yards along with a team record 26 touchdown passes this season. He also leads the nation in passer efficiency with a 173.1 rating.

“AJ [McCarron] has great support from his family and the people around him,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. “He showed very good maturity in looking at all of the factors and making an informed decision on his future. He has a chance to add to what he has already accomplished here while also better preparing himself for the next level. We’re excited to have him back for his senior season.”

McCarron will look to become just the seventh quarterback in history to lead his team to back-to-back national championship victories when the Crimson Tide face Notre Dame on Jan. 7, 2013 in the Discover BCS Championship Game at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.

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