Mosley Back From BCS Game Injury

It was the ecstasy and the agony. C.J. Mosley was dropping back in pass coverage in the third quarter of the BCS National Championship Game when he got a defensive player's dream. LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson was trying to make something happen, but his shovel pass went over the head of his intended receiver.



"It was just like a read and reaction play," Alabama junior linebacker C.J. Mosley said. "I was about to break on the running back, and the running back happened to turn his head and the ball was just there. I just grabbed it."

Mosley agreed that it was a pretty good play for a moment. "Yeah, a good five seconds," he said.

Jefferson didn't quit on the play. He made the tackle on Mosley, and in the tumble Mosley suffered a dislocated hip. The dislocation hurt. But with the opportunity to put it back in, Bama's medical staff did that while Mosley was still prostrate on the field.

The process of putting the hip back into place was more painful than the injury, Mosley said. How much pain?

"I'd say a 10 out of 10," he said.

But all's well that ends well. Mosley was able to make it back to the field for the post-game celebration after Bama's 21-0 win for the national championship. No surgery was needed and he has rehabilitated to the point that he is able to participate in spring practice.

"I wouldn't say it's 100 per cent, but I'm getting better every day," he said. "Rehab has been going pretty well. I did a little rehab over spring break, so overall I'm feeling good at practice running around."

He said doctors told him the trauma he suffered is usually seen in things like car wrecks. "They were telling me about the things that could've happened, that could've gone wrong Thank God that it didn't. I'm just blessed and proud that I'm back to normal now."

Mosley said he didn't expect to be back "as good as I am now. I just had to have a positive attitude and fo through rehab and get better."

He said he has lost a little motion from muscles that were injured, but he has been told that will heal.

Alabama went through its first full gear practice of spring training Wednesday and Mosley said, "I did everything, so I'm full go. There's nothing holding back."

Going into pads, he said, "Just like coach says, it'll separate the men from the boyds. It's all about hitting. Taking on the guards. Finishing plays. Wrapping up. That's what it comes down to. You can't be in shorts all the time."

The Alabama linebacker corps lost three starters in Dont'a Hightower, Courtney Upshaw, and Jerrell Harris. Last year Mosley and Nico Johnson split time at weakside linebacker. Mosley thinks rebuilding the linebacker group is key to the defense. He said that back-ups have been in the system with him and he's comfortable with them.

"At Alabama, there's no one that's not good, so they've got to step up and do their job," he said. "That's why they're here."

There will also be some newcomers. Mosley said, "The younger guys coming in now are doing good so far learning the defense, but it's going to get complicated. It's going to get harder. That's why we've got spring and summer and fall camp to get ready out there, but once the defense gets together and has that communication like last year's team had, we can be as good or greater."

Greater?

"More great. Yeah. You never know. Anything can happen."

Alabama's defense led the nation last year in all major statistical categories.

Head coach Nick Saban's Alabama football team spent two hours practicing in full pads Wednesday afternoon at the Thomas-Drew Practice Facility. It was the third of 15 spring practices leading up to the A-Day Game on April 14 at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

The Alabama Coaching Clinic will also begin on Thursday and will feature another outstanding lineup of speakers in 2012, including two of championship coaches from the college and pro level in Lou Holtz and Bill Parcells along with many others.

Alabama will return to the practice field on Friday for the fourth workout of the spring. The Tide will also practice on Saturday in front of the coaches attending the 2012 Alabama Coaching Clinic.

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