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C.J. Mosley to return to Tide for one more season

C.J. Mosley, Corbin Berkstresser AP

Alabama’s 2013 offense got a boost with the announcement earlier this month that quarterback AJ McCarron would be returning for another season.

Thursday, it was the defensive side of the ball receiving a somewhat unexpected bump as well.

Following ongoing practice preparations for the BCS title game early next month, head coach Nick Saban confirmed that linebacker C.J. Mosley will return to the Tide for his senior season next year.  The move will come as a mild surprise as some had Mosley leaning toward an early departure for the NFL.

“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’s return is huge for the Tide.  Not only was the true junior one of just 11 consensus defensive All-Americans this season, but he has emerged as a leader of the unit both on and off the field.

After 13 games, Mosley currently leads the Tide in tackles (99); is second in sacks with four; third in tackles for loss with seven; and tied for third in interceptions with two.

Arguably the best Mosley statistic?  He’s on track to receive his UA degree next December, which played a role in his return as well.  Mosley added that he still had some things he wanted to accomplish with the football program, which made for what he described as an easy decision to stick around for another season.

“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.”

Both running back Eddie Lacy and cornerback Dee Milliner confirmed today that they will not make a decision on turning pro or staying until after the BCS title game against Notre Dame.

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8 Responses to “C.J. Mosley to return to Tide for one more season”
  1. harvupdyke says: Dec 20, 2012 6:58 PM

    Roll dam tide…

    Wait…lemme take a page from all the Rudy fans and make some unnecessary slappy comments.

    “Way to go CJ. Congratulations on a great year :). It really is great to see someone do the right thing and come back to school. I am truly excited for the opportunities this offers our team in the national championship game and the future of Alabama football. Right now I’m smiling ear to ear. Good luck boys and GO CRIMSON TIDE!”

    See y’all January the 7th.

    Roll dam tide.

  2. kattykathy says: Dec 20, 2012 8:33 PM

    Saban must have agreed to increase his pay

  3. liverpoolred04 says: Dec 20, 2012 9:35 PM

    Sounds like someone is gonna get an escalade.

  4. rsmeans says: Dec 21, 2012 3:54 AM

    Alabama should have the highest rated team talent wise in history next year according to recruiting scouting services and they have the easiest schedule next year that they have had in the Saban years. Saban has never like running up the score but I hope that in the NC game he does and especially next year against non SEC teams. People like KathyKathy and liverpool are obviously trash but most non SEC people hate the Tide. Make them pay Nick.

  5. florida727 says: Dec 21, 2012 3:51 PM

    Good news for Alabama fans. Congratulations. Bad news for the rest of the SEC. This kid’s a beast. Thank God we won’t have to see him until December 7th, 2013… IN ATLANTA! Go Gators.

  6. louhudson23 says: Dec 21, 2012 4:12 PM

    I see Lacy for sure coming out with a good game and a victory in NC, Milliner not quite as sure about.

  7. dcroz says: Dec 21, 2012 9:13 PM


    Yeah, Saban’s giving him a new Escalade to come back for his senior year. Because we all know there’s no way he could have afforded one on his NFL salary. Sheesh….

  8. dcroz says: Dec 21, 2012 9:18 PM

    My guess is that he returned for the same reason I believe Barrett Jones did for his senior season this year: that while they both would have been first-rounders, NFL scouts told them they could improve their draft position if they stayed another year in college, meaning millions more in their first contract.

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