As many of his teammates left school early to go to the NFL Draft, Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley remained in Tuscaloosa for an extra year of seasoning.
That experience was apparent Saturday in the Crimson Tide’s biggest win of the season to date. Dominant defensive performances for Alabama aren’t rare, but Mosley led one of the Tide’s best efforts of the season in the 38-17 win over LSU.
Mosley led Alabama with 12 tackles and 1.5 tackles for a loss, earning Athlon Sports National Player of the Week honors. As the Alabama front seven kept the pressure on quarterback Zach Mettenberger, Mosley also played well in pass coverage with two pass breakups.
The veteran linebacker also made many of the key adjustments and calls on the field as Alabama bottled up the LSU run game for 43 yards.
“They did a good job of scheming all over,” LSU running back Jeremy Hill said. “They made the right adjustments when we made our checks. They just did a great job scheming us up tonight. They played physical at the line of scrimmage. They held on to our blocks, and when we got to the line of scrimmage they tried to get off those blocks.”
Athlon Sports Week 11 National Awards
National Player of the Week: C.J. Mosley, Alabama
Mosley was a force for an Alabama defense that limited LSU to a season-low 284 yards and two touchdowns in the Crimson Tide’s 38-17 win in Tuscaloosa. Mosley, a senior linebacker, recorded a game-high 12 tackles (including 1.5 for a loss) and had two pass break-ups to spearhead the Bama defense. He leads the Tide in tackles with 71 — 23 more than anyone else on the team.
National Offensive Player of the Week: Nick Marshall, Auburn
On the Tigers’ first possession against Tennessee, Gus Malzahn called four straight pass plays. The result was a punt. Wisely, Malzahn decided to let Marshall’s legs do the work. The electric quarterback rushed for 214 yards on only 14 carries (15.3 ypc) as the Tigers racked up 444 rushing yards in a 55-23 win in Knoxville. Marshall now has three games with a least 100 yards rushing and three games with at least 200 yards passing — including one when he accomplished both, at Texas A&M
National Freshman of the Week: Myles Jack, UCLA
In a key road division win, UCLA star freshman linebacker Myles Jack posted one of the most impressive stat lines of the season. He is 14th in the league in tackles and fourth among freshmen after posting eight tackles, one for loss, in addition to forcing fumble against a stellar Arizona rushing attack. But what made this performance special was the fact that he played both ways, rushing six times for 120 yards and a 66-yard touchdown. It was an old-school performance and maybe Jim L. Mora has found a stopgap for his depleted running back corps. Jack may have put himself in the lead for Pac-12 Freshman of the Year with his performance on the road Saturday night.
National Coordinator of the Week: Derek Mason, Stanford
If the Cardinal defense continues on its torrid pace over the final month of the season, Mason might be a lock for the Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant coach. Stanford totally stuffed the Ducks, holding Oregon scoreless for the first 50 minutes of play on Thursday night. Mason's unit held OU to less than 100 yards rushing (62) for the first time since LSU held the Ducks to 95 yards in the 2011 season opener. Stanford has 15 sacks in the last three games and has given up a total of 42 points to Oregon, UCLA and Oregon State combined over that span.
Athlon Sports Conference Players of the Week
Offense: Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech
Defense: Ray Vinopal, Pittsburgh
Freshman: DeVon Edwards, Duke
Coordinator: Jeremy Pruitt, Florida State
Offense: John Hubert, Kansas State
Defense: Desmond Jackson, Texas
Freshman: Shock Linwood, Baylor
Coordinator: Phil Bennett, Baylor
Offense: James White, Wisconsin
Defense: Randy Gregory, Nebraska
Freshman: Maxx Williams, Minnesota
Coordinator: John Papuchis, Nebraska
Offense: Tyler Gaffney, Stanford
Defense: Shayne Skov, Stanford
Freshman: Myles Jack, UCLA
Coordinator: Derek Mason, Stanford
Offense: Nick Marshall, Auburn
Defense: C.J. Mosley, Alabama
Freshman: Maty Mauk, Missouri
Coordinator: Kirby Smart, Alabama