Alabama’s CJ Mosley chosen as college football’s best linebacker

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Alabama senior linebacker CJ Mosley was named the 2013 Butkus Award winner, an honor given annually to college football’s top linebacker.

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Mosley is the third Bama player to be named the Butkus winner, joining Derrick Thomas and Rolando McClain.

Mosley beat out UCLA’s Anthony Barr, Buffalo’s Khalil Mack, Ohio State’s Ryan Shazier and Stanford’s Shayne Skov to win it.

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Mosley led the Tide with 102 total tackles, making nine tackles for loss, five pass breakups, five passes defended, eight quarterback hurries and one forced fumble. For his career, Mosley has racked up a whopping 313 tackles with one game left.

Nick Saban gushed over his defensive leader before the Iron Bowl, via AL.com.

“C.J.’s played fantastic football every game this year,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said in the days leading up to the Iron Bowl. “I can’t recall that he’s ever had a bad game. I think he’s been the points leader on defense, production points, just about every game. His leadership, his ability to affect the other players in terms of getting us lined up right, getting us in the right defense, making the right adjustments, I think is just as critical as his phenomenal play, in terms of his playmaking ability and him doing a great job in terms of doing his job.”

Mosley should be a first-round pick in this April’s NFL Draft.

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