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Jason Olson, Deseret News
BYU assistance head coach Lance Reynolds, center, poses for a portrait with his sons Houston, left, and Matt, right.

PROVO — The anchor of BYU's offensive line is returning for his senior season.

Matt Reynolds, the two-time first-team All-Mountain West Conference left tackle, has decided to play one more season for the Cougars rather than declare early for the National Football League draft, as first reported by the Deseret News Wednesday night.

"I have decided to stay in school and not leave early for the NFL Draft," Reynolds said. "I feel that staying for another year is best for me and my family. I'm excited to be part of the team again next season and finish my college career with my teammates."

Reynolds, who had been weighing his options since the conclusion of BYU's 52-24 victory over UTEP in the New Mexico Bowl, has started every game for the Cougars since he was a freshman in 2008, a string of 38 consecutive games. As part of the decision-making process, the 6-foot-6, 322-pound junior submitted his name to the NFL's advisory committee for a gauge of where he would be selected in the 2011 draft.

"Matt is a tremendous football player and person," BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall said. "I fully support Matt in his decision to stay in school and finish out his eligibility. I look forward to his continued leadership in our program both on and off the field."

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