Arizona State would be the favorite in the Pac-12 South next fall with or without cornerback Omar Bolden, but the Sun Devils are a lot better team with a first-team All-Pac-10 player back for his senior season.
Bolden announced at a news conference Friday that he will return next fall and not enter this spring's NFL draft.
Bolden had 52 tackles and three interception this season. He missed all but four games in 2009 after a disappointing 2008 season.
ASU continues to await word from defensive tackle Lawrence Guy.
With both Bolden and Guy returning, the Sun Devils would welcome back 20 starters from a highly competitive 6-6 team from 2010.