Alabama right tackle D.J. Fluker is squashing rumors like he does opposing defensive ends.
In response to online chatter, the redshirt sophomore said in a statement released by the Crimson Tide that he's not entering the 2012 NFL Draft. Here is the statement:
"I know there have been a few stories and different things out on the message boards lately about me possibly leaving school early," Fluker said in a written statement. "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."
Now, Alabama fans have to hope to hear the same from junior running back Trent Richardson.