Follow CBSMIAMI.COM: Facebook | Twitter

CORAL GABLES (CBSMiami/AP) — A key member of the University of Miami’s lethal defense is coming back for one more year.

READ MORE: Miami Couple Accused Of Stealing Millions From Keys Fish House

Miami linebacker Shaquille Quarterman has decided the NFL can wait.

Quarterman announced Tuesday that he is returning to the Hurricanes for his final season of eligibility. His decision means all three Miami primary linebackers this season — Quarterman, Michael Pinckney and Zach McCloud — will be back in 2019 for their senior year.

READ MORE: Code Red Lockdown Lifted At South Plantation High

Keeping Quarterman and Pinckney was a top priority for new Miami coach Manny Diaz, who was hired Sunday night hours after Mark Richt retired. Pinckney said Monday that he was staying, and McCloud ended speculation about his future last month.

Quarterman has started all 39 games Miami has played in his first three seasons, with 249 tackles in that span.

MORE NEWS: Broward Public School Teachers Getting Raises

(© Copyright 2019 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)