Alabama football received some good news on Thursday when linebacker Reggie Ragland announced that he would be returning to Tuscaloosa for his senior season. 

As a junior, Ragland became a starter for the Crimson Tide defense and a leader on the field. His 93 total tackles was second on the team behind safety Landon Collins, who announced he would be leaving school early for the NFL six days earlier.

“I’ve thought a lot about this decision and talked to my family, Coach Saban, and everyone close to me,” Ragland said. “I’m going to return to the University of Alabama for my senior season. One of the big factors for me and my family is earning my degree and I’m on track to graduate. You only form a brotherhood like this once and I look forward to spending another season here with my teammates. Roll Tide.”

Ragland's return is important for Alabama as he brings experience to the group linebackers, who lost coaches Kevin Steele and Lance Thompson earlier this week.