Colorado kicker to return for senior season

Updated: January 13, 2006, 1:07 AM ET
Associated Press

BOULDER, Colo. -- All-American kicker Mason Crosby decided Thursday to return to Colorado for his senior season.

Crosby, who made 21 of 28 field goal attempts last season, including a 58-yarder at Miami, led the nation with an average of 41.2 yards for each of his made field goals.

A sure NFL prospect, he decided to play out his senior season with new coach Dan Hawkins.

"It just came to me, I was meant to play another year at Colorado and do the college thing for one more year," Crosby said. "I made a commitment to play four years in college, and I owed that to myself and to my teammates."

His 58-yarder was the longest on record at sea level without a kicking tee. He had two late game-winners last season, a 48-yarder in a 31-28 win over Colorado State and a 50-yarder for a 23-20 win at Kansas State.

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