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Chung coming back to Oregon for senior year

EUGENE — Junior rover Patrick Chung, the University of Oregon's leading tackler last season, has opted against this year's NFL draft and will finish his senior year in Eugene.

Chung had filed paperwork this week with the NFL as a precautionary measure and had until Friday to withdraw.

"I love our fans, I love our coaches, and I love the atmosphere here," Chung said. "How could I leave? Once I have earned my degree, I will pursue my dream of playing in the NFL."

Chung would have become the second UO underclassman from the 2007 squad to enter the NFL draft. Teammate Jonathan Stewart declared last week.

Chung has started in all 38 games Oregon has played since 2005.

Oregon begins spring practice April 2.