Alabama's Caldwell to Return for Senior Season

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Alabama center Antoine Caldwell says he's returning for his senior season instead of entering the NFL draft.

The Montgomery native's decision is a boost for the Crimson Tide's offensive line, where he started at three positions as a junior. Caldwell was voted a captain by his teammates despite a suspension that sidelined him for four games.

Head coach Nick Saban said he was the only Tide junior who explored his status with the NFL after the season. Caldwell said an NFL advisory committee said he would likely be selected as high as the third round.

Caldwell received his degree in August after just three years and plans to begin working on a masters toward a career in real estate. He had a trying junior season as one of five Tide players who served a four-game suspension for using their athletic scholarships to get free textbooks for others.

Saban has high expectations for Caldwell, saying he should be an All-American as a senior.

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