Rolando McClain going to NFL

Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain (WBRC photo)
Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain (WBRC photo)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Alabama All-America linebacker Rolando McClain has declared for the NFL draft.

      This year's Butkus Award winner made the announcement Monday at a news conference in Tuscaloosa. An anchor of the defense for the national champion Crimson Tide, McClain said he would skip his senior season to turn pro.

      He is projected as a first-round pick after leading the team with 105 tackles and 14.5 stops for loss. He also intercepted two passes and had four sacks.

      McClain was the Tide's on-the-field coach, helping direct one of the nation's best defenses.

      Alabama beat Texas last week to claim its first national title since the 1992 season.