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Dylan Moses’ desire to be a leader and ‘make an impact’ is why he’s returning to Alabama

Jason Getz - USA Today Sports

Alabama fans are in day two of utter joy, following the decision Dylan Moses made via social media on Monday night.

Even though he did not play this season – due to a knee injury – the junior at inside linebacker announced that he was returning to the Crimson Tide for next year. On Tuesday, the Vrbo Citrus Bowl held a press conference for both Nick Saban (Alabama) and Jim Harbaugh (Michigan).

Upon being asked about Moses and what went into his decision, Saban said the deciding factor with him was that ‘he wants to be a leader and wants to be a part of Alabama.’ 

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“He wanted to play well for Alabama,” Saban said of Moses. “He is a great player and a good person. He is a good leader and he can make a significant impact on making us better next year.” 

In terms of the advice he gave to Moses, Saban said the staff at Alabama tries to provide the facts in every situation for draft-eligible players. For the former five-star, he said the conversation was about his injury and how would it affect his draft status. Prior to getting hurt, the Louisiana native posted 85 total tackles – including 10 tackles for loss with 3.5 sacks last season. 

Nick Saban explains why Dylan Moses is choosing to return to Alabama for 2020

“He can create value by coming back,” Saban continued on Moses.  

“And we, as an institution and an organization, have to make him feel comfortable relative to how we insure him and what he can do, so hopefully he won’t have these problems in the future and he’ll be able to improve his draft status.” 

Moses is the first domino to fall, but more are expected to follow.  

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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