Power rankings: Mosley leads the way


Introducing TideNation's power rankings of the Alabama’s top contributors, which looks at the top 10 players raising their game:

Every week, we’ll update these rankings to reflect how specific areas of the Alabama football program are improving.

Here's this week's power rankings:

1. LB C.J. Mosley

Somewhat quietly, Mosley leads the Crimson Tide in tackles by a wide margin. He's had one sack and intercepted a pass which he returned for a touchdown as well. The junior has excelled in pass coverage, registering two pass defenses.

2. QB AJ McCarron

McCarron has looked like a different man under center through two games this season, taking control of the offense. He's been a good steward of the offense, completing 62.5 percent of his passes without throwing an interception, but he's also made plays, throwing for six touchdowns and 418 yards.

3. RB T.J. Yeldon

The true freshman continues to show why those around the program spoke so highly of him during spring and fall camp. Yeldon's displayed the total package, becoming the first freshman to run for more than 100 yards in his debut against Michigan, and in Week 2 he went for the more diversified approach, leading the team with four receptions.

4. S Vinnie Sunseri

After only one season in crimson and white, it's already cliche to say Sunseri just makes plays. The sophomore has excelled in an expanded role this season, filling up the stat line. He's third on the team with seven tackles, but he also has a tackle for loss, a pass breakup and a fumble recovery.

5. WR Kevin Norwood

Not only does Norwood look different, adding both weight and muscle over the offseason, he's also playing like a different man on Saturdays. He narrowly missed breaking the 100-yard mark against WKU, hauling in three passes for 92 yards and two touchdowns.

6. LB Adrian Hubbard

Lugging around an arm brace and all, Hubbard has been an anchor on defense. His ability to get into the backfield against Michigan was instrumental in keeping Denard Robinson contained. Against WKU, he turned it up a notch, registering six tackles, a quarterback hurry and a forced fumble.

7. P Cody Mandell

There have been a number of players to make a jump in production from 2011 to 2012, but maybe none more visibly than Mandell. The junior punter has improved markedly from a season in 2011 that saw him finish dead last in the SEC West in yards per punt. This season, he's booming the ball, averaging 45.8 yards per punt and has already landed four inside the 20-yard line.

8. LB Nico Johnson

Like Mosley, Johnson has been a constant leader for the defense. The senior is second on the team with 9.5 tackles and also has a forced fumble and a pass breakup.

9. C Barett Jones

The offensive line didn't play as well against Western Kentucky as a week ago in Texas, but six sacks on McCarron wasn't enough to drop Jones out of the top 10. The senior center has been the leader on a line that's been dominant in the running game, helping UA to a 167.5 rushing yards per game average thus far.

10. WR Christion Jones

The sophomore receiver was quiet in Michigan, catching no passes against the Wolverines. But in Week 2 against WKU, Jones showed what he can do from the slot, using his speed and quickness to split linebackers and safeties and break down the defense. He's averaged a first down per reception so far and is tied for the team lead with two touchdowns.

Honorable mention: CB Dee Milliner, NG Jesse Williams, S Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, DE Ed Stinson, S Robert Lester