Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley was awarded the 2013 Butkus Award on Sunday night, according to AL.com. The award is given annually to the top linebacker at the collegiate level, as well as high school and professional.
Mosley was the leader for the Crimson Tide’s stout defense, which gave up a scant 11.3 points per game. The senior from Theodore, AL recorded a total of 102 tackles on the season, along with nine tackles for loss, eight quarterback hurries, and five pass break ups.
“This year’s college linebacker class was among the best in history,” the award’s selection committee said in a statement. “Mosley’s combination of instincts, range, playmaking ability, on-field leadership and work ethic distinguished his performance. His selfless contributions on special teams and in the community speak to his strength of character and support the Butkus Award mission.”
Dick Butkus, who was in attendance for the Tide’s team banquet on Sunday, presented the award to Mosley. He joins former Alabama linebackers Derrick Thomas and Rolando McClain as the university’s trio of recipients.
Mosley and the Tide are now preparing for a showdown with the Oklahoma Sooners in the BCS Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2, 2014.