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UA safety Eddie Jackson to forgo NFL Draft, returning in 2016

Troy Taormina - USA TODAY Sports

Alabama safety Eddie Jackson wants one more year with head coach Nick Saban.

The leader of the Crimson Tide’s “No Fly Zone” secondary decided Wednesday morning via Twitter that he will return to Tuscaloosa next season for his senior year.

Jackson’s transition from cornerback to safety was one of the best moves, prior to the 2015 season. He finished with 46 tackles, three tackles for loss, two pass breakups, two forced fumbles, a team-high six interceptions and two touchdowns.

All six of Jackson’s takeaways came against elite competition.

He started the season with an interception against Wisconsin and ended with a pick off Clemson’s quarterback Deshaun Watson in the second quarter of Monday’s national title game. Jackson becomes the third junior to return to Alabama, joining linebackers Tim Williams and Ryan Anderson. No word has been found on linebacker Reuben Foster or tight end O.J. Howard concerning a move to the 2016 NFL Draft.

Jackson’s return provides leadership for Alabama’s secondary. Cornerback Cyrus Jones and defensive back Geno Matias-Smith will both move on to the National Football League.

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama MagazineYou can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @ESPN_Future.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 15 years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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