FAYETTEVILLE — Defensive end Trey Flowers will remain at Arkansas for his senior season.

FAYETTEVILLE — Defensive end Trey Flowers will remain at Arkansas for his senior season.


Flowers announced his decision during a teleconference Monday. His decision means Arkansas coach Bret Bielema will have a key veteran back to help lead a defense that struggled throughout the 2013 season.


"I still have goals on and off the field that I want to accomplish at Arkansas beginning with graduating and I want to continue to pursue those goals," Flowers said, reading a prepared a statement. "On the field, I’m excited about the program begin built and want to help lead the Razorbacks back in 2014. Even though my draft grade was good I believe another year under coach Bielema will help me improve my draft status and I’m looking forward to another season at Arkansas where I have support from our administration and some of the best fans in the nation and a bright future for our football program."


Flowers decided to return to Arkansas after finishing with 44 tackles, 13 ½ tackles for losses and 5 sacks as a junior. He’ll return as the leader of a line that is moving on without departed seniors Chris Smith, Robert Thomas and Byran Jones.


Flowers said he received a third-round grade from the NFL Draft advisory board, but believes he can improve his stock. He’ll have to do so with a new position coach after Charlie Partridge left Arkansas to become Florida Atlantic’s head coach.


"I just have faith in the team," Flowers said about staying even thought Partridge left the Razorbacks. "I have faith in what the coaches are trying to build. And I feel like we have a lot of guys on the team with a lot of talent."