Despite not being able to head off to Pasadena to compete for their third consecutive national championship, the Alabama Crimson Tide still had one of the most ferocious defenses in the country.
The unquestioned leader of that unit was senior linebacker C.J. Mosley. As much as AJ McCarron is the general of that offensive unit, Mosley is just as important to Nick Saban’s defense.
Because of his efforts in this his final season in Tuscaloosa, Mosley has been named the winner of the 2013 Butkus Award, recognizing the top linebacker in all of college football:
Alabama LB C, J. Mosley wins the Butkus Award as the nation’s best linebacker.
— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) December 9, 2013
Mosley is most deserving of this honor. In the season’s entirety, Mosley had four games in which he finished with double-digits in total tackles, including recording 14 in the recent loss to the Auburn Tigers in the Iron Bowl.
He will have one more chance to showcase those skills on the national stage as Mosley and his troops, we learned earlier this evening, will take on the Oklahoma Sooners in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.