SEC’s top 25 players of 2013: No. 3 CJ Mosley

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SDS is continually counting down the top 25 players in the SEC for 2013, and we’re not stopping until we get to No. 1. I know you’ll agree with every single one…

No. 3 CJ Mosley, LB, Alabama (SR)

2013 stats: 108 tackles, 9 TFL, 10 QB hurries, 1 FF

Why he’s No. 3: The 2013 Butkus Award winner, first-team All-American and co-Defensive Player of the Year has been a backbone of the Alabama defense for the last two years. On top of the personal accolades, Mosley exits Alabama as a two-time BCS Championship winner and the game’s MVP against Notre Dame.

Mosley has posted two straight 100-plus-tackle seasons and exited both seasons as a first-team All-American. Not only does Mosley have a nose for the ball carrier and fully grasps what his team is trying to accomplish on defense, but he plays so well in coverage. He leaves Alabama with three INTs returned for touchdowns, which ties an Alabama record.

Mosley always seems to be actively around the football, blitzes well and is a leader for the defense. His game translates well into the NFL, and he reminds of former Alabama linebacker DeMeco Ryans.

Returning unexpectedly for his senior season, Mosley called the plays, made all the checks and became a big-time leader that NFL scouts and GMs want on their defense.

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  • God I will miss seeing him on Saturday’s but it will still be a treat to watch him the very next day.

  • Aaron Murray vs AJ McCarron:

    Fewer yards per attempt (9.1 to 8.9). Fewer touchdown passes (28 to 26). More interceptions (9 to 7). For anyone that says he missed a game, keep in mind he still finished with more passing attempts than McCarron. Fewer wins than McCarron. And last, but not least, he wasn’t invited to New York, where McCarron finishes second in the heisman vote. Yet Murray is #9 on this list to AJ’s #18, since because Alabama failed to 3-peat as national champions. Never mind that Murray never even won the SEC in his time at Georgia, of course.

    • @Darviathar ^^^ Funny that you chose Aaron Murray (who broke SEC record after SEC record) to have a gripe about. You did see who finished #4 on this list, right? Murray and McCarron had nearly identical numbers this year but Murray played less games.

      • Say what you will about AJ McCarron, but no one in college football has the hardware that he does (three rings [OK, OK, one while a redshirt] and a Maxwell award just to start). He is plagued by criticism as being a “game manager,” but he is a winner and at days end in team sports that is the foremost measure. Aaron Murray is an exceptional quarterback and one of the SEC’s best all-time as proven by his many records. But when it comes down to who has won the big games on the big stages – no one can compare to AJ’s accomplishments. Do I think that Aaron Murray is a better quarterback? Yes and no; yes for the University of Georgia, no for the University of Alabama. And really, over the past few years in college football, where would a person like to be a part of, continually underachieving Georgia or continually winning at Alabama?