Mosley Is SEC's Defender Of Week

Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley makes the Crimson Tide coaches' Player of the Week list almost every week for defense. Mosley plays on most Bama kicking teams, too, but rarely is cited as a special teams player of the week. He probably thought this would be the week. But Noooo!

With Alabama and LSU tied at 17-17 in the third quarter in Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday night, the Crimson Tide's coaching staff ran a trick play from punt formation. Before suffering a knee injury, Vinnie Sunseri was the :"personal protector" in blocking formation for punter Cody Mandell. After his injury, C.J. Mosley took on that responsibility.

LSU was in regular defense when Alabama lined up for an apparent punt. That was the signal to go with the fake play. The ball was snapped directly to Mosley, who moved left, then handed the ball to Jarrick Williams, who had been a high school running back. Williams ran for six yards and the first down and Bama went on to a 38-17 win over the Tigers.

And Jarrick Williams was selected by the Tide coaches as a player of the week on special teams.

Mosley wasn't left out, though. Not only was he cited by Bama coaches as a player of the week on defense, he was also recognized by the Southeastern Conference as the league's defensive player of the week.

Seven Alabama football players were recognized by the coaching staff for their performances following Saturday night's win over LSU. Austin Shepherd and T.J. Yeldon were named players of the week on offense. Trey DePriest, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Mosley represented the defense, and Cade Foster and Williams were on the special teams list.

Shepherd had the top grade on the offensive line at 90 per cent. He did not get called for any penalties, and did not allow a sack or a pressure. Yeldon ran for 133 yards on 25 carries and scored twice. He also added one catch for 13 yards. Yeldon leads the Crimson Tide in rushing with 862 yards and 12 touchdowns. Alabama's offense totaled 372 yards and had a time of possession of 33:51 in the victory. UA is now third in the SEC and 12th in the NCAA in scoring offense with an average of 40.9 points per game.

Mosley once again led Alabama on defense with 12 total tackles. He was in on two tackles for loss and broke up a pair of passes.

And he also took the snap on a fake punt before handing it off to Williams for a first down conversion, but that didn't count for much in player of the week consideration.

DePriest was second on the team with six tackles and was credited with being in on two tackles for loss, making a sack, and having a fumble recovery. Clinton-Dix had five tackles.

Foster converted on his only field goal attempt of 41 yards for the first points of the game. He was perfect on all five extra point tries and three of his six kickoffs resulted in touchbacks. Williams had one of the biggest plays in the game when he ran for six yards on a fake punt early in the third quarter to convert a fourth down and two from the Alabama 41. (He got the handoff from C.J. Mosley.) The Crimson Tide finished the drive with a Yeldon touchdown to take a 24-17 lead. Williams also had three solo tackles.

This week Alabama will be at Mississippi State. Kickoff will be at 6:45 p.m. CST with television coverage by ESPN.

Alabama is 9-0 overall and 6-0 in SEC play and ranked first in the nation. The Bulldogs are 1-4 in the league and 4-5 overall.

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