Groves Announces Decision on NFL Draft

Quentin Groves made his decision known on Monday whether or not he is returning for his senior season at Auburn.

Auburn, Ala.--Quentin Groves, who finished his redshirt junior season in Auburn's Cotton Bowl victory over Nebraska on New Year's Day, announced on Monday that he will return to Auburn for his senior season.

"I am coming back," Groves says. "There was some speculation that I was going to leave for the simple fact to help my family. It wasn't about me or it wasn't about something I wanted to do. I just told my momma hold on another year, we will be living, hopefully, so much better."

Groves received an NFL evaluation and that influenced his decision on staying in college for the 2007 season.

"I think like four teams gave me like a third round grade. Some teams gave me a fourth round grade and some teams gave me a fifth round grade. It weighed a lot in my decision. If I stay around another year and improve my skills, I can probably be easily a first or second round guy."

Previously the defensive end said that he was 95 percent sure he would return to Auburn for his senior year after getting advice from former teammate Stanley McClover to stay for one more year.

McClover also gave Groves more advice when they talked about the situation during bowl practice, the Auburn end says. "He was just telling me, if you are going to do it Quentin, just do it all out. Don't get in half-hearted if you are going to go out. If you are going to come out, do it with the intention you are going to be a first day guy or stay in and get better and become a first round guy."

McClover entered the NFL Draft early after the 2005 season with expectations of being a second round pick. He was selected by the Carolina Panthers in the seventh round and spent most of the season on the practice squad.

Groves says he also talked to Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville about the decision. "He wanted me to stay for the simple fact that he was looking out for me, not so much for the team, but for me as an individual," Groves notes. "If I stay around I can take care of my family a little bit more next year if I stayed rather than if I came out this year hoping to make a team. Next year I can be guaranteed to make it if I was able to go in the first, second or third round."

Groves, a 6-4, 254-pounder from Weston High in Greenville, Miss., was named to the All-SEC teams selected by the league's coaches and AP after making 37 tackles with 9 1/2 sacks during the regular season. He finished the season with 23 career sacks, three shy of the school record.

Groves, who forced two fumbles in the game on sacks, celebrates Auburn's fifth consecutive victory over Alabama.

Groves forced three fumbles for the 11-2 Tigers, who finished eighth and ninth in the major Top 25 polls. He had a total of a dozen tackles for lost yardage during the 2006 season.

The previous year Groves started three games and finished with 21 tackles and six sacks. He made 23 tackles with 7 1/2 sacks as a redshirt freshman during Auburn's 13-0 2004 season.

Monday is the deadline for underclassmen to declare their eligibility for the National Football League Draft.


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