BIRMINGHAM -- If you ever want to hear Nick Saban speak highly of a player, just ask him to talk about senior linebacker C.J. Mosley.
Saban praises Mosley at every turn and Mosley backs up his coaches’ words with his play on the field.
Mosley’s play has also earned him national recognition as he was named one of 12 semifinalists for the Butkus Award, which goes to the nation’s top linebacker. Mosley leads the team with 59 tackles and 5.5 tackles for loss. He has been named an Alabama coaching staff player of the week following every game.
Saban said Mosley is very productive and deserves a lot of national recognition for what he does.
“C.J. has been probably our most dominant defensive player week in and week out. Very consistent,” Saban said. “I don’t think people really even realize how much effort, how much passion he has to play.”
Mosley also goes the extra mile to help his teammates make plays.
“When Deion Belue intercepted the pass, everybody just said Deion Belue intercepted the pass,” Saban said. “We had four guys get blocks on the return and C.J. Mosley got three blocks. Three, not one, three. And we had three other guys get a block. That’s how he plays.”