Alabama's 2012 Most Valuable Player, as voted by his teammates, has not yet been an every-down player for the Crimson Tide. On the official depth chart heading into Monday's BCS National Championship Game against Notre Dame, C.J. Mosley is not listed on the first line. Alabama's starting Will linebacker is listed as Nico Johnson or Mosley. But Mosley asserted himself as the Tide's top defensive playmaker this year right from the get-go. On Sept. 1, the junior intercepted a pass from Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson and returned it 16 yards for a touchdown, putting 'Bama's season-opening rout of the Wolverines even further out of reach. Twelve games later, Mosley bookended his MVP campaign by making the most important play of Alabama's season. He jumped up and tipped Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray's last-second pass intended for a receiver in the end zone; it fell into the hands of another player inbounds, causing the clock to run out, preserving a 32-28 victory and setting up a BCS title clash against the Irish.
Soft-spoken Mosley the key to Alabama's vaunted defense-SI.com