Barron Will Return to Alabama for Senior Season
Jan. 15, 2011
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - 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."
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.
Press Conference TranscriptHead Coach Nick Saban
"I said before that we really take pride in trying to do a good job of helping our players gather the information they need to make a good sound solid business decision about what is best for their future. One of the goals here is for guys to develop a career off the field by graduating from school, as well as be the best football player they can be, try to develop a career as a football player, and do a great job at the University of Alabama to win a championship and see if they can play at the next level. We are very fortunate that have a number of guys who have done a good job in that area, and have an opportunity to do other things. I have a tremendous amount of respect for the maturity of each and every player that has gone through this process with us this year, four of which you have already talked to and Mark today. They have done this with a great deal of thought, a great deal of direction, gathered the information they needed to gather, to make a good sound solid decision about what their future is. As I have said before, I know all of our fans want each one of these guys to represent the University of Alabama. In some cases it works that way, and in some cases it's actually personally beneficial to guys to be able to move on. Mark has done a great job with his family and has great support with the people around him. He has some unusual circumstances that made it more difficult for him to make a decision this year, relative to his injury and the strike that may be pending. We're really pleased with the decision that he's made and the process he used to come up with that decision. As all the other players have done, they showed great maturity and being great ambassadors for Alabama when they were here, and showed great maturity about how they went about making a decision on their future as football players."
On any other juniors declaring for the draft before tonight's deadline:
On Mark's limitations due to injury at the combine:
On Mark's availability for the spring:
On the importance of this time in recruiting:
"There were a lot of pros and cons in this situation. 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. Roll Tide!"
On how he feels with his decision:
On how he feels physically:
On how his injury in the Auburn game impacted his decision:
On the feedback he received from teams in the National Football League: