Ruuuuuuuuuuuufus will return in '06

Norman — Don't worry Sooner fans, there will be one more year of 'Ruuuuuuufus' chants echoing throughout Owen Field next fall in Norman.

Rufus Alexander, Oklahoma's leading tackler in 2005, announced Wednesday that he will not enter the NFL Draft and will return to Norman for his senior season.

"I've just had a lot of phone calls so I want to put this to rest once and for all," said Alexander in a statement released on "I always wanted to come back and play my senior year. I talked with Dan Cody, who is in the NFL now, and he remembered how much he loved being with us and loved playing college ball. Dusty Dvoracek and Clint Ingram both said their senior years were great. I just want to experience my senior year."

"My mom and step mom both want me to graduate and that means a lot to me too," Alexander continued. "I feel like I can accomplish a lot of things. Plus, we had a young team and I feel like I can come back as a leader and do so much for others."

Alexander led the Sooners with 102 tackles last season while earning All-Big 12 first-team honors.

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