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 SoonerSports.com. "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.
Ruuuuuuuuuuuufus will return in '06
Sooners Illustrated Top Stories
OU back to the grind for 2018 quarterbackCan't cry over spilled milk. Time to get back out there for OU in finding its 2018 quarterback.
Sooners IllustratedYesterday at 2:09 PM
Theo Wease decommits from OU2019 four-star wide receiver Theo Wease announced his decommitment from Oklahoma on Monday evening.
Sooners IllustratedYesterday at 6:43 AM
Arjei Henderson decommits from OUOU is down to one commit for the 2019 class as four-star receiver Arjei Henderson announces his decommitment.
Sooners IllustratedSunday at 7:13 PM
Timeline: OU's 2018 QB searchAn in-depth account of OU's 2018 quarterback search and how Cameron Rising, Casey Thompson have been at the center of it all so far. And now? OU has to figure it out.
Sooners IllustratedSunday at 8:14 AM
Red River Stunner: Rising flips to TexasCommitted to OU since August, quarterback Cameron Rising announces he's flipping to Texas.
Sooners IllustratedSaturday at 5:17 PM