Texas A&M’s defense received a boost with the announced return of LB Aaron Hansford, a nine-game starter and was second on the team with 49 tackles.

Hansford, who just last week accepted an invite to the Senior Bowl, announced on social media that he will stay in Aggieland for another season.

“With that being said, it is in my heart to come back,” he wrote, “and play another season with my teammates. I believe we have started to build something special in Aggieland and we are not finished yet! I am happy to announce I plan to return to A&M for my final season. I am very excited to continue this journey with the 12th Man. Thanks and Gig ’em!”

Hansford got off to a great start with 11 tackles in the season opener against Vanderbilt, as he reached double figures in the category for the first time in his career. Against South Carolina, he recorded a sack and 1.5 tackles-for-loss as the A&M defense limited the Gamecocks to 150 yards of total offense in the win at South Carolina.

This will be his sixth season with the Aggies as he’s suffered multiple injuries and had a redshirt season earlier in his career. It’s been an interesting career for Hansford, who came to A&M as a receiver and then switched positions.