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Alabama 10: Week 8 power rankings

10/21/2012

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 faring.

Here's this week's power rankings:

1. LB C.J. Mosley: Simply put, Mosley has been the most consistent and most impressive player on a defense littered with playmakers.

2. QB AJ McCarron: Bad knee and all, McCarron came out against Tennessee and continued to deliver, setting a career high for passing yards in a single game.

3. G Chance Warmack: The running game is dominant and the passing game is equally effective. The common denominator? An offensive line led by arguably the country's best guard and potential first-round pick.

4. RB Eddie Lacy: It wasn't his finest performance, but Lacy still flashed quick feet and elusive moves against Tennessee, drawing oohs and awes from the press box each time he cut or spun away from defenders.

5. CB Dee Milliner: Justin Hunter is a potential first-round pick at receiver. What did he do against Milliner? Not much.

6. RB T.J. Yeldon: The rookie went over the 100-yard mark again on Saturday, edging out Lacy as the team's leading rusher in Knoxville.

7. WR Amari Cooper: Cooper was nothing short of dominant against Tennessee, setting a school record for most receiving yards in a single game by a freshman with seven catches for 162 yards and two touchdowns.

8. S Robert Lester: Alabama's secondary came into Knoxville with a chip on its shoulder. After Lester's interception and shutting down the Vols, it left with the respect it deserves.

9. C Barett Jones: Like we said with Warmack, the same applies for Jones. His protections kept McCarron comfortable in the backfield, a key when you consider the health of McCarron's knee.

10. S Vinnie Sunseri: Sunseri didn't come up with any huge plays on Saturday, but give him credit for handling a difficult situation emotionally and physically, going up against his dad and a potent offense all at once.

Honorable mention: NG Jesse Williams, WR Kevin Norwood, S Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, LB Adrian Hubbard.