Junior Tar Heel defensive tackle Marvin Austin announced via Twitter his intention to return for his final season of eligibility.

if u were wondering…….I will be a tarheel for 2010!!!!!!!

The junior was projected to be either a first or second round pick in the upcoming NFL draft. Austin’s return ensures another likely strong defense in 2010, especially if both linebackers Bruce Carter and Quan Sturdivant decide to return along with the experienced secondary.

The Heels finished sixth best in the country in total yards allowed.

Update: Both cornerback Kendric Burney and linebacker Bruce Carter Tweeted Saturday morning their return to the Tar Heels next season.