C.J. Mosley wins 2013 Butkus Award

Special to the Ledger-EnquirerDecember 8, 2013 

Nov. 26, 2011: Alabama 42-14

Auburn wide receiver Trovon Reed is tackled by Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley in first half action.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Alabama senior linebacker C.J. Mosley was presented with the 2013 Butkus Award on Sunday night. The award is given annually to the nation's top collegiate linebacker.

Mosley was presented the award by the award's namesake, Dick Butkus, during the Alabama football team banquet at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center. Mosley is third Crimson Tide player to win the award, joining Derrick Thomas (1988) and Rolando McClain (2009).

Mosley leads an Alabama defense that ranks in the top 15 nationally in scoring defense (second), red zone defense (fourth), total defense (fifth), pass defense (fifth), rush defense (11th) and pass efficiency defense (15th).

Mosley finished with 70 points in voting for the award, followed by Buffalo's Khalil Mack (52), UCLA's Anthony Barr (44), and Ohio State's Ryan Shazier (22). Also receiving votes were Wisconsin's Chris Borland, Stanford's Trent Murphy and Shayne Skov, Florida State's Telvin Smith, and Michigan State's Max Bullough.

Mosley leads Alabama with 102 tackles and nine tackles for loss (-20 yards). He has five pass breakups, eight quarterback hurries and a forced fumble. He was the Alabama defensive player of the week 11 times in 12 games and ranks fourth in school history with 313 tackles. Mosley has made at least seven tackles in 10 games this season and recorded double digits five times.

Mosley has 86 more tackles than any other Alabama player over the past two seasons. He was named the SEC defensive player of the week on two occasions (LSU and Mississippi State) and was the Lott IMPACT Trophy national player of the week following the LSU game.

The 51-person selection committee stated, "This year's college linebacker class was among the best history. Mosley's combination of instincts, range, playmaking ability, on-field leadership and work ethic distinguished his performance. His selfless contributions on special teams and in the community speak to his strength of character and support the Butkus Award mission."

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