Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley is smaller than Dont'a Hightower and isn't as much of a vocal leader. He's not a fierce pass rusher like Courtney Upshaw or a dominant all-around player like Rolando McClain.
The different style and personality clearly haven't stopped Mosley from becoming the top-ranked Crimson Tide's latest star linebacker.
The junior has emerged from the shadows of those predecessors - all now in the NFL - to become the on-field leader of the nation's top scoring defense. He has been steady enough for the coaches to name him a defensive player of the week five games running.
Defensive end Damion Square raves about Mosley's athleticism.
''C.J. is awesome, man,'' Square said. ''C.J. is one of those guys that I haven't seen before. He has great athletic ability, he escapes a lot of situations that a lot of guys can't escape. And he does things, you know, he just pops up when the ball is thrown to the flats. And he finds the end zone some type of way. Every year he's...