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Alabama Football: C.J. Mosley to Return for Senior Season

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As he hinted at last week, Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker C.J. Mosley announced today that he would be returning to Tuscaloosa for his senior season in 2013. Mosley tweeted on Saturday that he never said he was going to leave, contrary to what everyone assumed. He was a projected first round draft pick by most experts, so his return to Tuscaloosa comes as a bit of a surprise with the allure of becoming a millionaire in the NFL.

Mosley was a consensus first-team All American this year, and led the Tide’s defense with 99 tackles, and added 7 tackles for loss, 4 sacks and 2 interceptions. Alabama’s second leading tackler, Trey DePriest, has 56 stops.

Obviously, Alabama’s defense got a HUGE boost for the 2013 season with the news of Mosley returning. The Crimson Tide look to be loaded on defense next year, and the offense shouldn’t be too shabby either as long as the offensive line comes together. It seems like a safe bet at this point that the Crimson Tide will be the odds-on-favorites to win the National Championship again in 2013.

Mosley told USA Today’s George Schroeder he intended to return to school next season. Mosley said it wasn’t a tough decision, and that he had known he wanted to come back for his senior season for a while.

Alabama junior running back Eddie Lacy announced today that he had not made a decision on whether or not he would he would turn pro despite reports that he would enter his name into April’s draft. Lacy said he would make a decision after the BCS Championship Game.

Junior cornerback Dee Milliner also said he would wait until after the Championship game to make a decision on forgoing his senior year for the draft. The odds are that Lacy and Milliner along with D.J. Fluker won’t be in Tuscaloosa next season, but regardless Mosley’s decision is big for Nick Saban, Kirby Smart, and the 2013 Crimson Tide.

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