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January 6, 2011TUSCALOOSA _ The University of Alabama has called a press conference for noon Friday, when juniors Marcell Dareus, Mark Ingram and Julio Jones are expected to announce their decision to enter the NFL Draft.
Of the three, Jones was the most on the fence but each is projected to be a first-round selection, with Darues the most likely to be a top 10 pick heading into the evaluation period. All three were also limited by an injury this season.
Among those who have considered making the early jump include safety Mark Barron, linebacker Dont'a Hightower, linebacker Courtney Upshaw and wide receiver Marquis Maze, but none are projected to be first-round selections. Upshaw had previous stated that he's staying and Barron is recovering from a torn pectoral muscle, which would likely hinder his draft status.
The 2009 Heisman Trophy winner, Ingram leaves with the Alabama record for rushing touchdowns, 42, and is fourth on the school's all-time rushing list. After missing the first two games due to a knee injury he accumulated 875 rushing yards on 158 carries this season.
CAREER RUSHING YARDS
3,565 Shaun Alexander, 727 attempts, 1996-99
3,420 Bobby Humphrey, 615, 1985-88
3,324 Kenneth Darby, 702, 2003-6
3,261 Mark Ingram, 572, 2008-present
2,741 Johnny Musso, 574, 1969-71
CAREER RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS
42 Mark Ingram, 2008-present
41 Shaun Alexander, 1996-99
34 Johnny Musso, 1969-71
33 Bobby Humphrey, 1985-88
29 Tony Nathan, 1975-78
With 78 receptions for 1,133 yards despite sustaining a hand fracture against South Carolina, Jones set Alabama single-season records in both categories. However, he'll finish second in both career categories to D.J. Hall.
78 Julio Jones, 1,084 yards, 2010
67 DJ Hall, 1,005 yards, 2007
65 Freddie Milons, 733 yards, 1999
62 DJ Hall, 1,056 yards, 2006
61 David Palmer, 1,000 yards, 1993
58 Julio Jones, 924 yards, 2008
SESASON RECEIVING YARDS
1,133 Julio Jones, 78 catches, 2010
1,056 DJ Hall, 62 catches, 2006
1,005 DJ Hall, 67 catches, 2007
1,000 David Palmer, 61 catches, 1993
924 Julio Jones, 58 catches, 2008
820 Dennis Homan, 54 catches, 1967
804 Ozzie Newsome, 36 catches, 1977
194 DJ Hall, 2,923 yards, 2004-07
179 Julio Jones, 2,604 yards, 2008-present
152 Freddie Milons, 1,859 yards, 1998-01
132 David Bailey, 1,857 yards, 1969-71
117 Keith Brown, 1,863 yards, 2004-07
CAREER RECEIVING YARDS
2,923 DJ Hall, 194 catches, 2004-07
2,653 Julio Jones, 179 catches, 2008-present
2,070 Ozzie Newsome, 102 catches, 1974-77
1,859 Freddie Milons, 152 catches, 1998-01
1,857 David Bailey, 132 catches, 1969-71
Dareus had 34 tackles including 11 for a loss and 4? sacks in 11 games this season, but will be best remembered for his performance in last year's BCS National Championship Game when he knocked quarterback Colt McCoy out of the game and scored a touchdown on a 28-yard interception return just before halftime.
Alabama may also announce the addition of Chris Rumph as the new defensive line coach, replacing Bo Davis, who took a similar position at Texas.