Shaun Prater opts to return to Iowa

Updated: January 11, 2011, 5:54 PM ET
By Adam Rittenberg | ESPN.com

Iowa cornerback Shaun Prater will return to school for his senior season rather than enter the NFL draft.

Prater made the announcement Tuesday afternoon on his Twitter page, where he posted: "Just finished discussing my future plans with my family & coaches and HAWK NATION I'm coming back for my senior year! Appreciate the support."

Prater earned first-team All-Big Ten honors this season after recording 68 tackles, four interceptions, 10 passes defended and a fumble recovery. He has recorded six interceptions and 14 pass breakups in two seasons as a starter for the Hawkeyes.

Prater is one of three Iowa juniors considering the NFL draft. Safety Tyler Sash and receiver Marvin McNutt have yet to announce their decisions.

"I thought it was best to come back because senior leadership goes a long way, especially in this program," Prater said.

Prater's return will boost a Hawkeye defense that will lose several stalwarts to graduation.

"I can have a chance to finish school, put on some more weight and be, hopefully, a team captain and a leader for this team," Prater said.

Adam Rittenberg covers Big Ten football for ESPN.com. He can be reached at espnritt@gmail.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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