Top 10 players of the season: No. 7

As we continue our list of the top 10 players of the season, we look at a defensive player that didn't have an interception or even force or recover a fumble. But the player that lands at No. 7 on our list was about as consistent as it gets on the Tigers' better-than-expected defensive line.

Not many heard C.J. Mosley's name this season, and perhaps that's a good thing.

Because outside of the Darren Sproles debacle at Kansas State, Mosley helped keep the defensive line, which entered as the defense's biggest question mark, consistent all season.

Mosley, a defensive tackle, didn't have the number of sacks as Brian Smith or the number of big hits that Zach Ville had this season. Mosley never had a 10-tackle game, and he was one of the few Tiger defenders who didn't force or recover a fumble. But in the end, Mosley was the most consistent player on the line.

He had 63 tackles this season, with a team-high 15 tackles for loss, including four in the season opener against Illinois. He also was one of the few players with a good defensive game against Kansas with three tackles for loss. He finished second to Smith in sacks with six.

Mosley, only a sophomore, built on the experience he received playing in every game last season with his strong game against Illinois, and although he never had that big game, like Aatiyah Ellison's 15-tackle game against Kansas State, he was the most consistent force on a defensive line that needed just that, consistency.

Mosley will have much more time to make a bigger impact at Missouri, but this season, his consistent play lands him at No. 7 on Inside Mizzou's top 10 players of the season.


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