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              === Tidal fallout: Alabama trio leaving for NFL ===
 
 Tuscaloosa, AL (Sports Network) - Four days after dominating Notre Dame in the
 BCS  National  Championship game,  a trio of  Alabama standouts declared their
 intentions of entering the 2013 NFL Draft.
 
 During  a  Friday press  conference, cornerback Dee  Milliner and running back
 Eddie Lacy announced their decisions to forgo their senior seasons and head to
 the pro level. Although he could not attend the press conference, right tackle
 D.J. Fluker will also turn pro, according to head coach Nick Saban.
 
 "They've  been good teammates to the players that they've played with. They've
 both  set  a good  example with  their leadership,  how they've affected their
 teammates  in a  positive way. And they've certainly been very, very effective
 performers in contributing to the success of our teams," said Saban.
 
 Milliner, who is widely considered one of the best cornerbacks in the country,
 was  a unanimous  first team All-American and also received first team All-SEC
 honors. During his 2012 campaign, he registered 54 tackles, two interceptions,
 1 1/2 sacks and broke up 20 passes.
 
 "It's  been  a great experience  for me, my  three years being here," Milliner
 said. "I've become a better man."
 
 Lacy  is coming  off an impressive performance in the championship game, where
 he rushed for 140 yards and totaled two touchdowns in Alabama's lopsided 42-14
 victory  over Notre Dame. He was the team's top rusher in 2012, amassing 1,322
 yards and 17 touchdowns on 204 carries.
 
 "It  was a hard  decision," Lacy said. "At the end of the day, it was the best
 decision as far as my family and all of that is concerned."
 
 Fluker, a redshirt junior, was a big part of Alabama's dominant offensive line
 which  helped produce  two 1,000-yard rushers in 2012. He started all 13 games
 for the Tide in 2012 and missed just 11 assignments over 728 snaps.
 
 01/11 13:48:06 ET

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