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2011 Tide, Will Upshaw Stay?

Pretty good write-up from the folks over at TideSports.com. For what it's worth I wouldn't blame Upshaw for "striking while the iron is hot" and turning pro. From this article it appears that some of his teammates and coaches think he will be back. From the Article "We don't know who all is going to be here next year as far as the draft goes … but I see Robert Lester and Courtney Upshaw stepping up and being big-time leaders next year," Hightower said. Upshaw recorded five sacks over his last two games against Auburn and Michigan State. Although Upshaw is a junior and is also eligible to turn pro early, the linebacker indicated weeks ago he intended to return. UA coach Nick Saban said as much Saturday. "He's been one of our outstanding players and is going to be one of the leaders of our team next year in terms of what he can do defensively," Saban said. ed. (Todd) - I would be shocked if Upshaw jumps. He has had a monster end of the season, but it took him most of last season to finally catch on and then spent the biggest part of this season injured. There is no way he would go high enough to justify leaving early.

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