Monday, December 10, 2012
Tracking the Tide: C.J. Mosley
By Alex Scarborough
Editor’s note: Each day between now and Alabama's date with Notre Dame in the BCS national championship, we will review the season for a key Crimson Tide player and attempt to project what’s next for him. Today we’ll look at linebacker C.J. Mosley.
Role in 2012: Mosley was arguably the defensive MVP for the Crimson Tide at inside linebacker while splitting time with senior Nico Johnson.
The good: The junior was easily the most consistent defender on the team, leading the Tide in tackles from Week 1 on. Not since Rolando McClain has an Alabama player finished with 100 stops in a season, and with Mosley just one tackle away, it seems a safe bet he'll reach the plateau. Mosley was everywhere on the field for the Tide, flashing the sideline-to-sideline speed that made him so valuable in nickel and dime situations.
The bad: It's hard to pick on the season Mosley put together, but one game and one half of play against Texas A&M was enough to cast a single cloud on an otherwise sunny forecast. Against Johnny Manziel, the eventual Heisman Trophy winner, Mosley struggled on defense, losing containment early as Texas A&M jumped out to a 20-0 lead in what would go down as Alabama's lone loss for the season.
Crystal ball: A difficult question awaits Mosley after the national championship game: To stay or go? He has one year of eligibility remaining, but what more is there for him prove? The one knock on Mosley is his size (6-foot-2, 232 pounds), but no one is doubting his production. While he may not be a perfect fit in every NFL defense, he'll no doubt intrigue others with his ability to play in space.