Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 7/24/13
The Alabama Crimson Tide has shown its dominance the past four years. This year there are 3 players from Alabama that I think will end up on the Heisman list watch: AJ McCarron, TJ Yeldon, and last but certainly not least, CJ Mosley. Both McCarron and Yeldon are two impactful players on offense for the Tide, but I feel that Mosley’s leadership and experience on the defensive side of the ball will not only help his team potentially win their 16th national championship but personally put him on the Heisman watch list. What’s so special about Mosley? 1. Experience: It’s not just the number of games he’s played in but the types of games he has played in that sets him apart from other linebackers in the nation. Sure, many linebackers play almost every game each season, but they don’t play in 2 straight national championship games, much less win them both — back to back. In my opinion,  Mosley is one of the most underrated players in the nation. Not only did Mosley rack up an impressive 99 tackles in 2012, but also had 2 interceptions, 1 forced fumble, 3 QB hurries and 2 pass breakups. 2. Leadership: Mosley is an easy candidate to be one of the leaders on defense. He has great field vision and is a great communicator with his team when he sees the offense try to switch things up right before the snap. The last 3 years, he has seen it all– victories and disappointments. He will have to be an encourager and motivator all season, as well as be the one who steps up both on and off the field.  Mosley’s leadership qualities are something that will help him get on the Heisman candidate list. Winning 2 straight national titles and playing excellent in both national championship games shows just how well he both handles pressure and being a leader. Predictions for the 2013 season for Mosley: - Look for Mosley to have a record-breaking career, especially in the game against Texas A&M. In the 2012 season against A&M, Mosley had 14 tackles, 9 of them solo. This season he is looking for revenge against Johnny Football who tricked the defense in almost every play in the first half. The Alabama defense struggled to keep Johnny Manziel in the pocket, creating opportunities for Manziel to rush for 10+ yards multiple times, as well as the infamous scrambling play that ended with him finding an open Ryan Swope for an easy touchdown. This year Mosley has to be the one who will communicate when he sees a shift in the offense. Mosley and the defense will have to learn from last year and control the Aggie offense to keep Johnny in the pocket. If they can do that, they will have no problem with the rematch. But defensively, it’s up to Mosley to be a leader and direct his team on the field. - Look for Mosley to also have a record-breaking career for numbers. Returning for his senior year, he has  personal expectations that he is hoping to fulfill. He is hoping to increase his numbers in tackles both solo and assisted so he can jump up in the rankings in the NFL draft. CJ Mosley has already checked winning an SEC Championship, and back to back National Championships off his “to do” list so far as an Alabama football player. Can he check winning the Heisman trophy off his list too?
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