Perhaps linebacker C.J. Mosley should be regarded as the Crimson Tide’s best Heisman candidate.
He is the unquestioned anchor of one of the nation’s best defenses, which has helped his team go unbeaten. In addition, according to his coaches’ player of the week awards, he has played with a level of consistency the past two years that even McCarron can’t match.
Also, here’s another reason Heisman voters should consider Mosley – Manti Te’o. Yes, the guy with the fake girlfriend who looked a little like a fake linebacker in last season’s BCS National Championship Game.
At the time of last year’s voting, Te’o was the anchor of unbeaten Notre Dame’s defense. He played with a level of consistency nobody on his team could match. He eventually finished second in the Heisman voting to Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel.
I didn’t include Te’o as one of my three choices on my Heisman ballot last year, mostly because of C.J. Mosley. Te’o’s stats were similar to Mosley’s last year. Te’o had more interceptions, but Mosley had more tackles for loss.
So, if nobody was talking about Mosley at all for the Heisman, then why did Te’o deserve to be in the conversation? For me, I figured if Mosley wasn’t on my ballot, it would be hypocritical to include Te’o.
This year, Mosley is having a slightly better season than last year. He is averaging more tackles, has more quarterback hurries, and more tackles for loss. He has 37 more tackles than the next highest guy on the Tide defense. His role has increased as well, so he has an even bigger stake in the team accomplishments, which include leading the nation in scoring defense.
So, bottom line, if Te’o was good enough to finish second last year, then it would be hypocritical not to consider Mosley this year.
Contact Anniston Star Sports Editor Mark Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @MarkSportsStar.