TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WTVA/AP) - Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley is returning for his senior season instead of entering the NFL draft.
The consensus All-American said Thursday he wants to graduate next December - and maybe become a full-time starter.
"There's a lot I still haven't accomplished yet as far as football goals," Mosley said. "And I still want to get my degree. It really hasn't been a tough decision, because the whole time I knew I was going to stay."
Mosley was a finalist for the Butkus Award given to the nation's top linebacker. He easily leads the nation's top-rated defense with 99 tackles and also has four sacks and two interceptions.
However, Mosley has alternated with run-stopping senior Nico Johnson throughout his career. Johnson has started five games at the position in his final season.
"I'm going to be a first-year starter, officially," Mosley said.
Alabama coach Nick Saban said Mosley is "a guy that can have a tremendous impact on the game" and should get even better.