Alabama linebacker Dylan Moses is delaying his NFL career return to the Crimson Tide

Alabama linebacker Dylan Moses announced Monday that he will return to school for his senior season, giving coach Nick Saban a significant boost for 2020.

Moses, a president of the Sporting News All-American, has chosen to delay his professional career largely because he wants further preparation outside his living space.

“Football is not what I am, it’s what I do,” Moses wrote in his Instagram statement. “Life after football is what concerns me the most and I want to make sure that I can put myself in the best position to succeed in life, fulfill my goals and fulfill my dreams.”

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Moses broke his ACL over the summer, but was still considered a likely first round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. SN’s Vinnie Iyer projects him to go 27th overall in the New England Patriots. In two seasons in Alabama, Moses has recorded 116 fights, 15.5 tackles for loss and five sacks. He has also forced two fumbles at the center of the 2017 and 2018 Crimson Tide assists, helping the team to successive appearances in the College Football Championship game.

Alabama’s defense struggled without its presence this year. The Crimson Tide will end in 2019 with the Citrus Bowl against Michigan on January 1.

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