The same week noted Alabama Football beat writer Kevin Scarbinski tweeted,
“Call me crazy, but seriously, why not Alabama’s C.J. Mosley for Heisman?” http://t.co/x9nsedlszN
— Kevin Scarbinsky (@KevinScarbinsky) November 19, 2013
the senior linebacker was named one of five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and one of four finalists for the Rotary Lombardi Award.
The Nagurski Trophy is awarded to the nation’s top defensive football player each year in Charolette, N.C. and is decided by the Football Writer’s Association of America, while the Lombardi Award is presented by the Rotary Club of Houston and selects the nation’s top interior lineman or linebacker.
Mosley leads Alabama with 81 tackles and seven tackles for a loss this season, with five pass breakups and a team-high eight quarterback hurries. He has been named SEC Defensive Player of the Week two weeks in a row, while accomplishing the title nine total times while donning the Crimson Tide jersey. But most of all, the Mobile-native’s role as a leader has outweighed any statistic or accolade associated to his name. That is why he is following in big footsteps to be honored by not just two but five prestigious nominations in College Football.
Mosley is a semifinalist for the Butkus Award, Bednarik Award and the Lott Impact Trophy.
The last Alabama player to receive the Butkus Award at the collegiate level was Rolando McClain in 2009. That year was not only characterized by a national championship, but by McClain’s ability to be a coach on the field and become a brilliant adjuster, who could sniff out opponent’s offensive shifts, showing the Tide’s defense how to evolve on the fly. Similar traits can be seen in Mosley’s defensive intuition that teammates know they can trust.
The Tide is ranked ninth in pass defense. Also eerily uncanny, they both hit HARD, and leave opponents with a lasting impression of what it means to literally take on the Tide.
As Alabama gets ready to host Chattanooga in Bryant-Denny, the Tide’s defense is first in the nation for scoring defense, third in rushing defense and first down defense, while fifth overall. Despite a clear need to focus on the next opponent on the schedule, anxiety is firmly placed two weeks from now in anticipation of the state’s rivalry game. Pressure for this year’s Iron Bowl falls heavily on CJ Mosley and the entire Crimson Tide defense to stop a hungry Gus Malzahn-led Auburn Tigers, whose current upward momentum is making everyone rooting for the Tide, very, very nervous.