The Crimson Tide got some good news on Friday as senior offensive lineman Chris Owens has made the decision to return for a sixth season.

Owens has largely been a reserve lineman for the Crimson Tide during his time in Tuscaloosa but he stepped into a starting role with Alabama following Landon Dickerson’s injury in the SEC Championship Game.

During his two starts in the latest College Football Playoff, Owens held his own and Alabama’s offensive line continued to be one of the overall strengths of the team’s roster last season. With Dickerson moving on to the NFL, Owens is in line to start next season for the Crimson Tide.

Despite already being a member of the team for five seasons, Owens is eligible to return for a sixth season due to the NCAA giving all players the option of using the 2020 season as a free season of eligibility.

All seniors that return to school in 2021 will not count against a program’s 85-man scholarship limit.