Alabama Football: C.J. Mosley's Return Will Spur Tide Defense to Great Season

Michael DulkaContributor IDecember 20, 2012

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 10:  Linebacker C.J. Mosley #32 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates during the game against the Texas A&M Aggies at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 10, 2012 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
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Alabama football will get a big lift in 2013 with the return of their All-American linebacker C.J. Mosley for his senior season. According to USA Today's George Schroeder, Mosley made clear his intentions to pass up the NFL for one more year in Tuscaloosa. 

Alabama’s All-America LB C.J. Mosley said today he will return for his senior season in '13 rather than going out early for the NFL.

— George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) December 20, 2012

With A.J. McCarron having already declared his commitment to the Tide in 2013, Alabama is already looking at another great team with a chance for another national championship appearance. While McCarron will lead the offense for another year, Mosley will lead the Tide to being the nation's best defense. 

Mosley has been spectacular this season for Alabama, being one of their best players not only on defense, but on the team as a whole. He was voted as the team's MVP for the season behind his incredible defensive campaign, leading the Tide to a second straight title-game appearance. 

Mosley has 99 tackles on the season, which leads the team by 43 tackles. He also has four sacks and two interceptions this year. He also forced a fumble and had one recovery. Not only did Mosley stuff the stat sheet, he was a big-time leader on the talented defense. 

Kirby Smart's defense has been one of the best the past few seasons, and that should be the case with Mosley back in the mix for 2013. Alabama enters the national championship leading college football in overall defense and second in scoring defense, behind only Notre Dame. 

According to ESPN's recruiting class rankings for 2013, Alabama has a top-four class filled with defensive talent. They will mix this in with a number of players that already have experience playing in the defense. 

With Mosley back, the Tide will have a very strong core on defense that will continue to give them a top defense in the nation. They will have to make up for D.J. Fluker, who is headed to the NFL and must wait for a decision from Dee Milliner. With Mosley back, it could convince Milliner to come back for one last year. 

Regardless of that decision, Alabama's defense will back in the mix as a top defense in the nation behind C.J. Mosley. His return makes Alabama that much scarier and prepared for another run at a championship in the 2013 season. Should they beat Notre Dame in January, the Crimson Tide could be looking at three in a row and four out of five in Jan. 2014.