Nov. 20, 2012
CHICAGO – Alabama junior linebacker C.J. Mosley (Theodore, Ala.) was one of five players selected as finalists for the 28th annual Butkus Award, the Butkus Foundation announced Tuesday. The award honors the top linebacker in collegiate and high school football.
Mosley leads the Crimson Tide with 89 tackles and has added six tackles for a loss (42 yards), four sacks (34 yards) and two interceptions. He has returned one interception for a touchdown and has chipped in a forced fumble, two quarterback hurries and two pass breakups.
Other Butkus Award finalists include Georgia’s Jarvis Jones, Oregon’s Dion Jordan, LSU’s Kevin Minter and Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o.
The Butkus Award is selected by a 51-person panel comprised of scouts, coaches and journalists. The Butkus Award draws attention to the `I Play Clean' campaign, which is aimed at ending steroid use in organized sports.
An Alabama player has won the Butkus Award on two previous occasions. Derrick Thomas was the Crimson Tide's first winner in 1988 and Rolando McClain captured the honor in 2009. Dont’a Hightower and Courtney Upshaw were selected as finalists last season.
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