Thursday afternoon senior Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley was named a finalist for both the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the Rotary Lombardi Award.
The Mobile, AL native leads the Alabama defense with 81 tackles and 7.0 tackles for loss so far this year, along with being the defense’s emotional leader. The Lombardi Award goes to the nationals best offensive lineman, defensive lineman, or linebacker every year. Mosley joins UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr, Missouri defensive end, Michael Sam, and Pitt defensive end Aaron Donald as the four finalists for the award. Former Alabama linebacker Cornelius Bennett is the only Alabama player to ever win the award.
The Nagurski Trophy is given each year to the nation’s best defensive player. Mosley joins Missouri’s Michael Sam, Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard, Pitt defensive end Aaron Donald, and Florida State cornerback Lamarcus Joyner as the five finalists. No Alabama player has ever won the award.
Mosley is also a semifinalist for the Butkus Award (going to the nation’s best linebacker), Bednarik Award (most outstanding defensive player), Lott IMPACT Trophy (best defensive player with character), and Walter Camp Award (National Player of the Year) and will likely be named a finalist to at least a couple of those awards.