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Alabama defensive lineman DJ Dale is returning to school for 2022 season

DJ Dale prepares for a drill at practice
Picture comes via Crimson Tide photos

Alabama has another defensive player returning to school for next season.

DJ Dale, a defensive lineman, announced on Twitter that he’s not finished with his collegiate career.

He has decided to forgo the NFL Draft and return to the Crimson Tide for his senior year. Dale joins linebacker Henry To’oto’o as the second defensive standout to return to school. The 6-foot-3, 300-pounder had 18 tackles, four tackles for loss, two sacks, and one quarterback hurry in the 2021 campaign. As a native of Birmingham, Ala., Dale wants another national championship.

RELATED: Alabama LB Henry To’oTo’o will return for his senior season

He came as a four-star in the 2019 signing class.

Dale has endured knee injuries in his career, but he should be at full strength for next season.

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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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