2013 summary: Rolando McClain, Dont'a Hightower, Courtney Upshaw. None of them did it. Mosley became the first linebacker in the Nick Saban era at Alabama to have back-to-back 100-tackle seasons in 2013. He was a unanimous All-American with his team-leading 108 tackles, to go along with nine tackles for loss, 10 quarterback hurries and five pass breakups.
Most recent ranking: Ranked No. 8 in the 2013 preseason countdown
The Ravens say that they believe linebacker C.J. Mosley will be a force against both the run and pass.
Making the case for Mosley: When he decided to come back for his senior season, it was a curious choice. Mosley was already a first-round talent, and his most obvious weakness -- his size at 238 pounds -- wasn’t something he was looking to fix. He’d return, he said, to prove that he could be an every-down linebacker.
And prove it he did. Mosley took his game to another level in 2013, matching his already consistent production with an unexpectedly fiery leadership style. The previously low-key linebacker morphed into a loud and flamboyant centerpiece of the defense, rallying his teammates late in games.
Mosley called all the plays and made all the checks for a defense that continued to rank among the best in the country. Despite losing five key starters from the season before, Alabama ranked in the top-15 nationally in all four major statistical categories: passing yards allowed, rushing yards allowed, points per game and total yards per game.