Alabama Football: Offensive Tackle D.J. Fluker to stay at Alabama, complete college degree

Rumors flowed around the Internet this weekend that Alabama offensive tackle D.J. Fluker would leave Alabama early and enter the NFL draft. Today, Alabama’s offensive lineman refuted that with a statement released to the press. Here is Fluker’s statement:

Comment from Alabama Offensive Tackle D.J. Fluker: “I know there have been a few stories and different things out on the message boards lately about me possibly leaving school early. I want to go ahead and put all of that to rest and make it clear that my intentions are to stay in school. At my position, I still have a lot to learn in order to mold myself into the best offensive tackle I can be. I’ve learned a lot from my coaches in my three years here and I feel like I can only get better with more experience. The most important reason is to finish my degree. Right now, I am on track to graduate next December and that’s one of the things I promised my mother that I would do when I decided to come to the University of Alabama. This is a special place and I’m looking forward to spending another year with my friends and teammates, graduating, and playing in front of the best fans in the country.”

Fluker is an important part of Alabama’s offensive line, and should be a key to next year’s offensive production.

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