Jamison Crowder says he plans to return for senior season

ATLANTA—Duke wide receiver Jamison Crowder said he plans on returning for his senior season in Durham after the Blue Devils' Chick-fil-A Bowl loss in the Georgia Dome.

"As of right now, I haven't made any decisions," Crowder said. "I'm just going to come back my senior year."

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Crowder caught 12 passes for 163 yards as a touchdown in Duke's loss to the Aggies. In the process, he broke the ACC's single-season record for receptions. The junior from Monroe, N.C. finished the 2013 campaign with 108 catches for 1,360 yards and eight receiving touchdowns, becoming the first player in ACC history to record 100 caches in a season.

"It's been a great season. It's really shown off a lot of hard work that myself and our team put into the offseason," Crowder said. "It's the whole offense coming together as a unit."

Having a player depart school early for the NFL draft has been an unheard of discussion in the football program until very recently. Quarterback Sean Renfree was the first Duke player drafted since 2004 when he was taken in the seventh round by the Atlanta Falcons last season.

The Duke program's rise coupled with Crowder's monster numbers have brought his professional future into the picture. For most 10-win programs—which the Blue Devils now finally are—players matriculating early to the NFL has become a part of the yearly routine.

But don't expect Crowder to be jumping ship for the NFL this season. The junior indicated that he still has some unfinished business to handle in Durham.

"We know that as a unit, as a team we have to get better and come back," Crowder said. "Hopefully we'll be [in the Chick-fil-A Bowl] again next year, or maybe even further."


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