Anthony Steen to return to Alabama for senior football season

Alabama right guard Anthony Steen announced on Wednesday he would return for his senior season to play for the Crimson Tide in 2013.

“After sitting down with my family and Coach Saban, I have decided it is in my best interest to return for my senior season,” Steen said. “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, a native of Lambert, Miss., and graduate of Lee Academy, has started 25 games at the Capstone while playing in 40 contests. He is a two-year starter that helped Alabama rank 16th nationally and second in the SEC in rushing in 2012 at 227.5 yards per game. Steen helped block for two 1,000-yard rushers in 2012 (Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon).

“We are glad that Anthony has decided to return, and he’ll be one of the senior leaders of our offense,” Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. “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.”

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