The Alabama Crimson Tide defensive unit will be receiving a boost next season thanks to an unexpected announcement made by junior linebacker C.J. Mosley. Mosley announced on Friday that he will return to Alabama for his senior season.
Mosley was believed to be considering early entry into the 2013 NFL Draft, where he likely would have been a first-round selection.
Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban confirmed the news today.
“C.J. is an outstanding player and a really good leader,” Saban said in quotes distributed by the team. “He’s a guy that can have a tremendous impact on the game. We are really pleased and happy to have him back. This guy is one that will make you proud. He, personally, academically and athletically has done extremely well in every way in terms of how he has represented himself, his family, our program and The University of Alabama.”
Mosley was a consensus All-American this season. While there is little doubt that Mosley could make an impact on the NFL field, he is dedicated to earning his degree at Alabama next December and planning for his future.
“There’s a lot I still haven’t accomplished yet as far as football goals, and I still want to get my degree,” Mosley said. “It really hasn’t been a tough decision because the whole time I knew I was going to stay.”