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The Alabama 10: Week 3

9/16/2012

The TideNation's power rankings look at the top 10 Alabama 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: After pitching two shutouts and failing to allow a single point in nine quarters of play, the Alabama defense is back in the conversation of being the best in the country. Mosley, the heart and soul of the unit and the team's leading tackler, has been a constant. Against Arkansas, he had five tackles and forced a key fumble.

2. QB AJ McCarron: His numbers won't blow you away -- 11-for-16 for 189 yards and one touchdown passing against Arkansas -- but his effectiveness is without question. The junior quarterback has thrown seven touchdowns and no interceptions this season. His quarterback efficiency rating is an otherworldly 196.6.

3. LB Adrian Hubbard: Whether it was Tyler Wilson quarterbacking the Razorbacks or not, Hubbard was going to get after him. The sophomore outside linebacker was a menace in the backfield in Arkansas, pulling down three tackles, two for loss and one sack. His skill in pass rush is becoming more evident with each passing week.

4. WR Christion Jones: Could the fleet-footed slot receiver be McCarron's favorite target? After going without a catch against Michigan, Jones has had three catches in each of the last two games. He's used his speed to run away from linebackers and safeties, racking up 121 yards and two touchdowns.

5. RB T.J. Yeldon: Pretty soon we'll stop referring to Yeldon as a true freshman. The way he plays is beyond his years. Against Arkansas, he did just enough, carrying the ball 13 times for 57 yards and a touchdown. He also had an 18-yard reception. He is tied for second on the team in catches with six.

6. S Vinnie Sunseri: Sunseri has wasted no time transitioning from special teams star to impact defender in his sophomore season. He continued to make big plays against Arkansas, recording three tackles, helping on a tackle for loss and snatching a key interception that the offense turned into six points.

7. LB Nico Johnson: The senior leader on defense turned up his play in the SEC opener, keeping Arkansas' underneath passing game from ever materializing. He led the team in tackles with six and contributed to a tackle for loss.

8. K Cade Foster: Whatever Foster is doing differently this season, it's working. The kicker has turned a corner in 2012, both on kickoffs and field goals. He hit his second 50-plus yard attempt against Arkansas and put eight of nine kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks.

9. C Barett Jones: The offensive line responded to a poor performance against WKU the week before. Against Arkansas, the line helped produce 225 yards rushing and 438 total yards of offense. And on a slick field, Jones was flawless at snapping the football. Not bad for a guy making his third career start at center.

10. WR Kevin Norwood: Norwood stays in the top 10 after a subpar performance against Arkansas, catching one pass for 14 yards and dropping another. The junior's body of work this season -- leading the team in receptions, yards and tied for first in touchdown grabs -- is enough to keep him on our rankings.

Honorable mention: CB Dee Milliner, NG Jesse Williams, S Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, S Robert Lester, WR Amari Cooper, P Cody Mandell, RB Eddie Lacy.