Steen announces he will come back next season

Alabama right guard Anthony Steen has joined two other Crimsoon Tide starters in announcing he will return for his senior season.

Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron and linebacker C.J. Mosley announced last month they will stick around for one more year.

“After sitting down with my family and Coach (Nick) Saban, I have decided it is in my best interest to return for my senior season,” Steen said in a release by the university. “Getting my degree was one of my goals when I came to the University of Alabama, and I am on schedule to graduate this spring.

“I also think returning in 2013 will give me a chance to improve my draft status while also providing the opportunity to enjoy another season with my teammates, coaches and our fans. I enjoy Tuscaloosa and our fans way too much to leave early. We are also losing two great seniors this year and this will give me the chance to help get players ready for their new roles in 2013.”

Steen has played in 40 games at Alabama, starting 25, including all 13 games this season.

“We are glad that Anthony has decided to return and he’ll be one of the senior leaders of our offense,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said in a release by the university. “He’s done an outstanding job for us as a starter at guard on the last two championships teams and I think he can become an even better player and improve his status for next year’s draft with another season here.

“We always want to help our players make an informed decision when it comes to what is best for their future. One of our goals at Alabama is to help our guys develop a career off the field by graduating, which Anthony is on track to do this spring. We also want them to become the best football players they can be during their time here while working to win a championship and preparing them for the possibility of playing in the NFL. I think Anthony has made a very good decision in deciding to return and he has done it in the right way in terms of talking to all of the appropriate people, most importantly his family.”

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