Jerrod Bierbower, a junior walk-on defensive back from Dublin, Ohio, wears the number 31 Alabama football jersey.
In high school, Bierbower played football and lacrosse for Dublin Coffman High School. He considered playing lacrosse for the home state Ohio State Buckeyes, but chose to be a preferred walk-on at Alabama.
No stats are available for Bierbower. As a defensive back, Jerrod probably will not see much playing time in 2013 due to the young scholarship guys get more experience.
Alabama football has a defensive-mind reputation and some legendary linebackers. Senior C.J. Mosley looks to add to that reputation in 2013.
Mosley signed with the Crimson Tide in 2010 after being the 2009 Class 6A Lineman of the Year in Alabama, earning two Alabama Sports Writers Association Class 6A All-State selections and becoming Theodore High School’s all-time leading tackler with over 500 tackles. Rivals.com ranked Mosley as the number six outside linebacker in the nation; ESPNU ranked him the number seven outside linebacker.
As a freshman, Mosely quickly made an impact by playing in all of Alabama’s 2010 games. He earned freshman All-SEC and All-America honors. He finished the season with 67 tackles, 10 pass breakups and two interceptions with one touchdown.
In year number two, Mosley started six games while playing in 11, missing three games due to a dislocated elbow. He made 37 tackles on the season, two sacks, and one interception, which came against LSU in the BCS National Championship Game and led to a hip injury.
Mosley’s junior season saw plenty accolades come his way. He was a consensus first team All-American, first team All-SEC and a finalists for the Butkus Award, which goes to the nation’s top linebacker. Season stats did not disappoint: 107 tackles, two interceptions, one touchdown, and four sacks. Arguably Mosley’s biggest play of the season came in the SEC Championship Game against Georgia, when he jumped and tipped Aaron Murray’s pass on the last play of the game.
Alabama fans saw Mosley make nine tackles and recover a fumble in Alabama’s A-Day game in April.
What should Alabama fans expect from number 32 in 2013? A solid leader and defensive playmaker. Mosley has been named to three different watch lists so far: Bednarik (college football’s defensive player of the year), Maxwell (college player of the year), and Nagurski (national defensive player of the year).
Alabama fans were introduced to sophomore walk-on running back Trey Roberts in April during Alabama’s A-Day game. Many were unfamiliar with the offensive player who wears number 32.
The six foot Roberts played for both teams due to a low number of available running backs after Derrick Henry suffered a minor injury in practice. For the game, Roberts ran the ball six times for 23 yards and caught one pass for 31 yards.
Roberts played at McGill-Toolen High School in Mobile. Like Bierbower, Roberts’ stats were difficult to find.