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December 20, 2012

Mosley back for Bama in 2013

TUSCALOOSA | University of Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley announced Thursday he will return to the Crimson Tide for his senior season in 2013 and pass on the opportunity to enter the NFL Draft early. Mosley was a finalist for the Butkus Award this year as the nation's top linebacker, and his presence next season will help maintain a defense that will be lose at least one starter in the secondary, and several others in the front seven.

"The main thing was, just finishing my degree, finishing school," Mosley said. "I just felt like I haven't accomplished everything I could."

Mosley called it an easy decision, and made the early announcement because he didn't "want it floating around that I was leaving, even though it ended up being that way, anyway." Multiple draft services had projected Mosley as a potential second-round pick.

Mosley joked that with senior Nico Johnson exiting the program, with whom he has shared time at the weakside linebacker position throughout his career, he'll be a first-year starter next season. Mosley leads the Crimson Tide in tackles with 99, 43 more than No. 2 tackler Trey DePriest, and is as game-experienced as any defender Alabama has.

"It's important to him and his family to get an education. We're certainly pleased and happy that he's going to continue to develop," said UA coach Nick Saban. "He's a guy that's gotten bigger and stronger every year. He's gotten to be a better and better player."


Mosley joins quarterback AJ McCarron as juniors announcing their intentions to stay. Others who may turn pro early include juniors Dee Milliner, D.J. Fluker and running back Eddie Lacy. On Thursday, Lacy denied rumors that he has decided to leave Alabama after the season.

"I have not made a decision on that yet," Lacy said. "That's not something I'm thinking about at this time. We have another game left. I have to talk to my parents about it, we have to talk to coach Saban about it. That's an external thing that we can not allow to affect us right now."

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