Alabama LB C.J. Mosley Wins 2013 Butkus Award

Alex SimsCorrespondent IIIDecember 8, 2013

Aug 31, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker C.J. Mosley (32) tries on the trophy after defeating Virginia Tech Hokies in the 2013 Chick-fil-A Kickoff game at the Georgia Dome. Alabama won 35-10.  Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-USA TODAY Sports
Paul Abell-USA TODAY Sports

Make that one trophy down for Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker C.J. Mosley in what could be a big award season for the senior.

Mosley was named the 2013 Butkus Award winner, given to the nation's best linebacker, as announced on The Butkus Award official website (h/t Chris Huston, CollegeFootballTalk).

The Mobile, Ala., native joined Rolando McClain (2009) and Derrick Thomas (1988) to become the third UA defender to claim the honor.

College football featured an abundance of talent at linebacker this season, making the list of Butkus Award finalists an impressive one. Mosley beat out several elite linebackers for the honor, including UCLA's Anthony Barr, Ohio State's Ryan Shazier, Shayne Skov of Stanford and Khalil Mack of Buffalo.

The 6'2", 238-pound Tide linebacker finished with 70 points in the award voting, followed by Mack with 52, Barr with 44 and Shazier with 22. Mosley succeeded last year's winner Manti Te'o.

The Butkus Award committee acknowledged this year's deep linebacker class, while praising Mosley's boundless skill set:

This year’s college linebacker class was among the best history. Mosley’s combination of instincts, range, playmaking ability, on-field leadership and work ethic distinguished his performance. His selfless contributions on special teams and in the community speak to his strength of character and support the Butkus Award mission.

With 102 total tackles, Mosley finished the season first on his team and No. 4 in the SEC. He added nine tackles for a loss, five pass breakups, eight quarterback hurries and a forced fumble.

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 30:  Kellen Williams #63 and C.J. Mosley #32 of the Alabama Crimson Tide take the field for their game against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Even more impressive than his individual statistics was the season had by the Alabama defense, of which Mosley was the known leader.

'Bama finished the regular season at No. 2 in the nation in scoring defense, No. 5 in total defense, No. 5 against the pass and 11th against the run. Mosley and the Crimson Tide managed a remarkable season despite dealing with several explosive attacks in SEC play, including Auburn and Texas A&M, which ranked No. 11 and No. 4, respectively, in total offense.

Before Mosley heads to the NFL, he'll lead Alabama in the Orange Bowl against Oklahoma on Jan. 2.