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McCarron, Mosley Get Recognition
Alabama is ranked first in the nation as the Crimson Tide has been on track for a third consecutive national championship, and much of the credit for Bama's success this year (as in the two previous seasons) goes to quarterback A.J. McCarron and linebacker C.J. Mosley. On Monday, they were among those announced as finalists for individual college football awards.
McCarron has been selected as a finalist for the Maxwell Award and the Davey O'Brien Award. The Maxwell recognizes the Collegiate Player of the Year while the O'Brien is presented to the nation's best college quarterback.
Mosley is a finalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award and the Butkus Award. The Bednarik honors the outstanding defensive player of the year while the Butkus identifies the top linebacker.
McCarron has quarterbacked as many national championships (2) as career losses with a 36-2 record as Alabama's signal-caller, which ranks him as the winningest quarterback (.947) in SEC history and the fourth winningest QB among major college teams in NCAA history. McCarron has seven career victories against top 10 teams and 12 versus top 25 squads.
He is completing 68.6 percent of his passes (190-277) this year for 2,399 yards, 23 touchdowns and five interceptions while ranking ninth national in completion percentage (.686) and 10th in passing efficiency (165.13). McCarron is also a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Aram Award and the Senior CLASS Award as well as a semifinalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year.
Mosley is the leader of the Crimson Tide's vaunted defense that leads the nation in scoring defense (9.3 ppg), is second in first downs defense (148), second in red zone defense (.600), third in total defense (263.9 ypg), fifth in rushing defense (91.3 ypg), seventh in pass yards allowed (172.6 ypg) & 11th in pass efficiency defense (107.3).
Mosley leads the team with 88 tackles while recording 9.0 tackles for loss, five pass breakups, a forced fumble and a team-high eight quarterback hurries. He was the SEC Defensive Player of the Week for two straight weeks (LSU and MSU) and is a 10-time Alabama Defensive Player of the Week. Mosley is a finalist for the Butkus Award, Lombardi Award, Bednarik Award and Nagurski Trophy, as well as a semifinalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year and Lott IMPACT Trophy.
The two will play their final regular season game on Saturday at Auburn when the Crimson Tide takes on the fourth-ranked Tigers at 2:30 p.m. CST. CBS will televise the game.
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