Mark Barron will return to Alabama for Senior Season

Safety and team captain Mark Barron, a 2010 First-Team All-American by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) has elected to return to Alabama for his senior season in 2011, he announced at a press conference Saturday morning.

"There were a lot of pros and cons in this situation," Barron said. "The pros of coming back were getting closer to my degree and the possibility of winning another national championship. Hopefully, I'll be able to improve my draft stock and hopefully be a top ten or top 15 pick next year.

"In terms of declaring for the draft, playing in the NFL and giving back to my family has always been a dream of mine, but after weighing the pros and cons, it is my decision to come back and play for the Alabama Crimson Tide."

"We're really pleased with the decision that he's made and the process he used to come up with that decision," head coach Nick Saban said. "As all the other players have done, they showed great maturity and being great ambassadors for Alabama."

Barron, a native of Mobile, Ala., anchored a secondary that was a key component in an Alabama defense that led SEC in scoring and total defense, ranking third nationally in scoring defense and fifth nationally in total defense.

Barron was the Crimson Tide's leading tackler in 2010 with 75 stops (54 solos) with three interceptions. Barron, who was a Thorpe semifinalist in 2009, has 10 interceptions in his Alabama career, a total that ranks among the top 10 in Alabama history.