Alabama football's leading tackler Henry To'o To'o will return for senior season
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Crimson Tide linebacker Henry To'o To'o will return for his senior season, he announced Friday on Instagram.
"I loved my experience this past season but things didn't end how any of us wanted," To'o To'o posted on Instagram. "We didn't achieve our ultimate goal. And I can't leave my brothers now knowing that we have unfinished business to attend to. Let's go to work in 2022."
Defensive lineman DJ Dale also announced on Twitter that he will return for his senior season.
"We didn't end the season the way we wanted to, and there is still work to be done," Dale said in his post. "With that being said, I will be returning for my senior year. We have unfinished business to take care of in 2022."
To'o To'o transferred from Tennessee ahead of the 2021 season and got to play immediately after transfers within the SEC were granted a one-time waiver to play right away.
In his first season at UA, To'o To'o tallied 112 total tackles, a team high. He also had eight tackles for loss, four sacks, two pass breakups and a forced fumble.
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One of his more impressive plays might have been when tracked down Jerrion Ealy for a significant loss on a fourth-down play early against Ole Miss.
By returning for his senior season, To'o To'o will have a chance to return to Neyland Stadium when the Crimson Tide visits Tennessee on Oct. 15.
To'o To'o is one of the first Alabama players to publicly announce he is returning. Other juniors, such as receiver Jameson Williams, offensive tackle Evan Neal and slot receiver Slade Bolden have declared for the NFL Draft.
ESPN's Chris Low reported on Twitter that receiver John Metchie III will also declare for the NFL Draft. His report said safety Jordan Battle is expected to return to Alabama for next season.
One to watch is fellow inside linebacker Christian Harris. He is also a junior who could declare a year early if he chooses.
But both Jaylen Moody and Shane Lee entering their names in the transfer portal Thursday was a good sign for Alabama returning players at inside linebacker.
Mikey DiLullo contributed to this report. Contact Alabama reporter Nick Kelly: firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter: @_NickKelly.