Four days after Alabama won its third national championship in four years, the university announced that it was losing a trio of players that helped win two of those titles.
Running back Eddie Lacy, cornerback Dee Milliner and offensive lineman D.J. Fluker have all decided to forgo their senior seasons and enter the NFL draft. Milliner is expected to be a top 10 pick while Lacy and Fluker could go in the second round.
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Lacy, who was the MVP of the national championship, opened a lot of eyes with his effort against Notre Dame. He rushed for 140 yards on 20 carries and had a rushing and receiving touchdown.
"They've been good teammates to the players they've played with, they both set a good example with their leadership in how they affect their teammates in a positive way," Saban said of Lacy and Milliner. "I think these guys have gone through the process in what we set up here.
"From a business standpoint, they're making good decisions about their future."
Between the three players, Alabama will lose 79 total starts. It also loses All-SEC offensive linemen Barrett Jones and Chance Womack.
Saban said he doesn't expect any other juniors to leave for the draft.
"We've been surprised in the past, but we hope this is it," Saban said.
Star linebacker C.J. Mosely and quarterback AJ McCarron announced last month that they were staying for their senior seasons.
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