Alabama Football player to watch this week: Jamey Mosley


This is a weekly article series examining the development of one Alabama Football player. Last week, the player chosen was junior running back, Damien Harris.  This week, the player chosen is junior linebacker Jamey Mosley.

When Alabama football fans hear the last name Mosley, they automatically think of former Tide standout and current Baltimore Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley.  However, there’s another Mosley making a name for himself at linebacker for coach Nick Saban.  That Mosley happens to be C.J. Mosley’s little brother, Jamey Mosley.

Jamey might not be one of the bigger named linebackers on the Tide but he has produced in the playing time that he has received.  Due to injuries at linebacker, he has been thrust into a key linebacker role for Alabama.  In the past four games, he has recorded 5 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 pass defended.

The junior linebacker will likely see more snaps as the season goes on, especially if he makes the most of the time that he’s given to play.

Having a brother who is considered an Alabama great would make most players feel like they have big shoes to fill.  Often times, it puts great pressure on them to perform, but according to Jamey, he doesn’t feel like he’s in CJ’s shadow:

"“As far as being in the shadow of my brother, it’s all about perspective and how you look at things. I’ve never looked at it as a shadow. I always looked at him as a goal to reach. Honestly, he’s been a blessing to me.”"

Jamey Earns a Scholarship with Alabama

After his high school football career was over, Jamey Mosley only had scholarship offers from small FBS schools.  Already knowing that he wanted to follow in the footsteps of his big brother, Jamey decided to walk on for the Crimson Tide.

During the summer of the 2016 season, Jamey Mosley was a redshirt sophomore for Alabama. Although he was practicing with the second unit, his work ethic stood out and earned him a scholarship.  The effort that Jamey put in during practices, much like this season, didn’t go unnoticed by coach Saban when he rewarded Jamey:

"“It makes me feel great.  I think it makes the team feel great. Obviously, it’s a great reward for the player. But I’m telling you — in this case –Jamey earned this on his own. He’s worked really hard. He gives great effort in practice. … It’s heartfelt for me, but also it was sort of amazing to see how happy the players were for him.”"

Jamey has a work ethic like none other.  So, do not be surprised when Jamey Mosley becomes a key starter next year for the Tide.

Jamey has been ill during Ole Miss week and missed the Tuesday and Wednesday practices. At this point, his status for the Ole Miss game is unclear.

Next: Alabama Football: Ole Miss practice and Saban’s week five comments

Next week, we will examine the development of another Alabama football player on their path to becoming a routine contributor and/or better overall player for the Tide. Connect with us on Facebook and share your thoughts on which player’s development is vital for the 2017 Alabama football team.