C.J. Mosley wins Butkus Award

Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley will be taking home some hardware in his final season with the Crimson Tide.

After another outstanding year with the Tide, the senior was named the winner of this year's Butkus Award, which is given annually to the nation's top linebacker. Mosley, who became the third Alabama player ever to win the prestigious award, was presented the award Sunday evening during Alabama's team banquet.

On the season, Mosley leads Alabama -- and is tied for fourth in the SEC -- with 102 tackles (56 solo) and nine tackles for loss (for a total of minus-20 yards). He also has five pass breakups, eight quarterback hurries and a forced fumble.

Also in the running for this year's award were Buffalo’s Khalil Mack, UCLA’s Anthony Barr and Ohio State’s Ryan Shazier.

Here's the statement from the Butkus Award committee on Mosley winning this year's award:

"This year's college linebacker class was among the best history. Mosley's combination of instincts, range, playmaking ability, on-field leadership and work ethic distinguished his performance. His selfless contributions on special teams and in the community speak to his strength of character and support the Butkus Award mission.”