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Former Bama teammates Mark Barron, C.J. Mosley meet Sunday

Former teammates at Alabama, Mark Barron and C.J. Mosley will be on opposite sides on Sunday in Baltimore.

ST. LOUIS — C.J. Mosley and Mark Barron were teammates at Alabama for a few seasons, including Bama’s 2011 national championship team. 

On Sunday, they’ll be on opposite sidelines as Mosley’s Baltimore Ravens (2-7) host Barron’s St. Louis Rams (4-5) at M&T Bank Stadium.

On a conference call on Wednesday with local reporters, Mosley was asked if he had any good stories about his old teammate. 

“Mark Barron really doesn’t talk that much. I don’t know if you all know that or not,” Mosley said, laughing. “If I had some good stories, I would tell you. But, he’s a great player. In the three years that I played with him, always fun to be around because he made some amazing plays at Alabama. I’m happy to see him with the Rams making plays. Always good to see your former teammates doing well in the NFL. So, our offense, they watch them too. So, they know what kind of player he is. I hope he doesn’t have that good of game against us, but it’ll be fun watching him play.”

Barron said he didn’t have any good stories about Mosley, either — “He was young when I was there,” Barron said — but hasn’t been surprised to see his former teammate make an impact in the NFL.

“When he first got to Bama, he was making plays, he was around the ball, an instinctive guy and he’s doing the same thing in the league, at the next level,” Barron said. “… He’s a smart football player. He has football instincts, so I wasn’t surprised with that. That’s what I expected him to do.”

Barron, 26, was the seventh overall pick of the 2012 Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Rams traded a pair of draft picks to the Bucs a year ago to acquire him. 

Now, with outside linebacker Alec Ogletree out with a leg injury, Barron has stepped up as a safety-linebacker hybrid and is leading the Rams with 73 tackles. 

Mosley said he isn’t surprised to see Barron excel in that role.

“Not really, because even at Alabama, he came down from five and played in the box with us,” Mosley said. “So, he definitely made plays in the back end, but he was always a physical tackler coming downhill.”

Mosley, 23, was the 17th overall pick of the 2014 Draft — he was a player the Rams expressed interest in leading up to the Draft — and earned a Pro Bowl selection as well as Associated Press second-team All-NFL honors following out outstanding rookie campaign.

“C.J.’s everything we expected and more,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “Really smart, heady, level-headed, talented football player. Just have the utmost respect for him in every way.”

Now the former teammates will meet on the field once again, though with the Ravens looking to get going after a rough stretch and the Rams looking to bounce back from two disappointing losses.

“You just have to let it go and keep it moving because we know what we are,” Barron said of Sunday’s 37-13 loss to the visiting Chicago Bears. “That’s the good thing about it, we know what happened last week wasn’t us. As long as we know what we are and we’re confident in what we are, we can bounce back from that.”

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