This week several year-end awards have announced the Semifinalists, and several Alabama players were named to those lists.
Senior linebacker CJ Mosley has been named a semifinalist for the both the Butkus Award and the Chuck Bednarik Award. The Butkus Award honors the nation’s best linebacker. Former Alabama stars Derrick Thomas and Rolando McClain have previously won the honor.
The Bednarik Award honors the best defensive player in the country, and Mosley would be the first Alabama player to win it if he does. Mosley is among one of the best defenders in the country and leads Alabama in tackling, with 59 tackles and 5.5 tackles for loss.
Sophomore safety Landon Collins was named a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, which honors the best defensive back in the country. Dre Kirkpatrick, Mark Barron and Dee Milliner have all been finalists for the award in recent years, but Antonio Langham is the only former Alabama player to win the award.
Collins has started at both free and strong safety this year along with playing the money (dime) position. With Vinnie Sunseri out for the rest of the year Collins has taken over the starting strong safety spot. Collins is second on the team this year with 34 tackles and recorded his first career interception last week which he returned for an 89-yard TD.
Senior quarterback AJ McCarron was named a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award, which honors the nation’s most outstanding player. No Alabama player has ever won the award. McCarron, the leader of the top-ranked Crimson Tide, has been deadly accurate in 2013, completing 149 of 209 passes for 1,862 yards and 16 TDs, with only three turnovers on the year.
These will likely not be the last we hear of Alabama players being named semifinalists for awards in the coming weeks.