Deflating News for SEC Centers: Mount Cody to Return for Senior Year at Alabama

Ingram WorleyCorrespondent IDecember 18, 2008

According to, Alabama Junior nose guard Terrence "Mount" Cody will return to the Capstone for his senior season.

In a late-breaking story, Cody stated that not only would he return for his senior season, but he will not be filing the necessary paperwork to obtain his potential draft position. 

The article went on to say:

"It was a big deal, am I coming back or am I leaving, but I talked to coach Saban," Cody said. "...I told him I felt like I needed another year to get full control, get my weight down, and get my knee back to full health and get in better condition and stuff."

The news is welcome for Tide fans. 

While Cody left a lasting impression on opposing offensive lines, he also changed the way offenses were forced to attack an already stingy Alabama defense. With his ability to "eat up" blocks on the interior, SEC opponents were forced to try to run wide against a talented group of defensive ends and linebackers.

The news will most certainly elevate Alabama's preseason ranking for next year. 

One could almost hear the sighs from opposing coaches when they were told the news. 

While we still expect Andre Smith to declare for the draft, the Cody revelation is almost like landing another bigtime commitment. 

I think a good deal of the credit for Cody's return should go to Nick Saban. The man obviously has made an impression on these guys, and they are willing to turn down massive dollars to come back and play for a championship. 

The "process" rolls on...