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Mosley wins the Butkus Award as well as other team awards

0034Senior Alabama linebacker CJ Mosely will most likely go to the NFL and should do so by way of a first round draft pick. Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide have become well known for developing and grooming great players for the next level in their careers. I know I wouldn’t be in the position I am now if it wasn’t for the coaches and my teammates, so I am blessed to be the situation.” Mosely said in a previous interview

But, before Mosely can head off to where so many strive for, he has one more game to play and several awards to collect on.

When you work hard and believe, something positive will come out in the end.” Paul “Bear” Bryant.  Those words could also be said for CJ Moseley based on the amount of awards he claimed this evening at the team banquet. The defensive leader and standout player was recognized by his teammates and coaches this evening with several internal awards as well as national recognition by Dick Butkus as he presented Mosely with the 2013 “Butkus Award”.  Mosely becomes the third player at Alabama to win the award joining former Crimson Tiders Rolando McClain (2009) and Derrick Thomas (1988).

Mosley, who leads the team 102 tackles and nine tackles for a loss, finished top of the list for the top linebacker award with 70 points, followed by Buffalo’s Khalil Mack (52), UCLA’s Anthony Barr (44), and Ohio State’s Ryan Shazier (22). Also receiving votes were Wisconsin’s Chris Borland, Stanford’s Trent Murphy and Shayne Skov, Florida State’s Telvin Smith, and Michigan State’s Max Bullough.IronBowl13_0015

“This year’s college linebacker class was among the best history. Mosley’s combination of instincts, range, play-making ability, on-field leadership and work ethic distinguished his performance,” the 51-member Butkus Award committee announced in a statement. “His selfless contributions on special teams and in the community speak to his strength of character and support the Butkus Award mission.”

Mosley not only makes the tackles, and gets to the right position at the right time but he is also the field general by making sure others are in their right places too. Nick Saban and Kirby Smart have both had high praise for the senior all season “CJ has played fantastic football in every game this year, I can’t recall that he’s ever had a bad game” Saban said prior to the Auburn game.  The Alabama defense ranks in the top 15 of each major category; scoring defense (2nd), red zone defense (4th), total defense (5th), pass defense (5th), rush defense (11th) and pass efficiency defense (15th).

Mosley currently ranks fourth in the Alabama program history books with 313 tackles. Wayne Davis holds the record with 327. He has 86 more tackles than any other Alabama player over the previous two seasons and he was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week on two occasions (LSU and Mississippi State) and was the Lott IMPACT Trophy National Player of the Week following the LSU game.

Mosely hits the road this week to see how he will stack up in other defensive award categories.  He may need to carry an extra bag on the plan with him as could potentially bring him some more hardware to the trophy case.  He leaves for Charlotte on Monday for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy ceremony (best defensive player). Then, on Wednesday, he goes to Houston for the Lombardi Award ceremony. On Thursday, he joins teammate AJ McCarron in Orlando for the Home Depot College Football Awards Show, where he could potentially win the Bednarik Award.

Other awards presented this evening at the Awards Banquet in which Mosely was also recognized:

IronBowl13_0019Outstanding Defensive Performer

To the player with the most tackles/points

C.J. Mosley and Trey DePriest

 

Defensive Player of the Year Award                                              

To the most valuable defensive player

C.J. Mosley and HaHa Clinton-Dix

Most Inspiring Player

To the player who affects the whole team by his attitude as well as his performance (voted on by the players)

C.J. Mosley

 

 Most Valuable Player Award             

To the overall most valuable player on the team (voted on by the players)

C.J. Mosley

 

“There’s a lot of blood, sweat, and guts between dreams and success.” Bear Bryant

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