Bama LB McClain announces he’ll enter NFL draft

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP)—Alabama All-American linebacker Rolando McClain is skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft.

McClain anchored for the national champion Crimson Tide’s defense and is projected as a first-round pick.

He led Alabama with 105 tackles and 14.5 stops for losses in 2009. He also had two interceptions and two sacks. He won Butkus Award winner as the nation’s top linebacker in 2009.

Alabama beat Texas last week to claim its first national title since 1992.

“I came to school with a goal of being a first-team All American, winning the Butkus and winning a national championship and I’ve accomplished those goals and I think I’m going leave the university pretty satisfied with what I’ve done here,” McClain said at a news conference.

He said he believes he is leaving the Alabama defense in good shape.

“I think also that I have a few good linebackers behind me that can come in and contribute in such ways that I did,” he said. “Guys like Don’ta (Hightower) being back next year and Nico Johnson having a good year this year and I think they’ll come in and do just as good as I did.”