Texas A&M's Jake Matthews says he is returning for his senior season

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by David Harris / The Eagle

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Posted on January 11, 2013 at 9:34 AM

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Two days after losing a key cog along the offensive line to the NFL draft, Texas A&M kept one.

Junior All-America right tackle Jake Matthews announced Thursday that he will remain in Aggieland for his senior season.

A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin said Matthews will move to the left side to replace fellow junior Luke Joeckel, who announced Tuesday he'll enter the NFL draft this spring.

"I am excited that Jake has decided to come back for his senior season, not only because he is one of the top offensive lineman in the country, but because of his approach and his leadership in our locker room," Sumlin said in a school release. "

Matthews was projected to be a late first-round pick in April. But he said that having the opportunity to play with his brother, Mike, swayed him to return for one final go-round at A&M. Mike, a sophomore, is expected to replace graduating Patrick Lewis as the team's starting center.

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