C. J. Mosley (born June 19, 1992) is an American footballlinebacker. He played college football at the University of Alabama. As a returning first-team All American in the 2013 season and receiving player of the week honors in eight of Alabama's first 10 games in the 2013 season, Mosley is regarded as one of the best linebackers of his class.
Mosley dislocated his right elbow in the first quarter of the fourth game of the 2011 season against Arkansas. He missed the following two games against Florida and Vanderbilt and did not record a tackle in the next game versus Mississippi. Mosley shared the starting weak-side inside linebacker ("Will") linebacker spot with Nico Johnson in 2011 and 2012, with Alabama coaches using Mosley more in pass coverage.
The AP recognized Mosley as a first team All-American after the 2012 regular season, a year after former teammate linebacker Dont'a Hightower made the AP All-American first team and other linebacker teammate Courtney Upshaw made the second team. With Mosley's selection to the AP All-American team in 2012, Alabama had a linebacker on that team (first through third teams) for four of the previous five years. Mosley led the team in tackles in 2012 with 107; sophomore Trey DePriest was second with 59 tackles. Mosley finished third for the 2012 Butkus Award (goes to the country's best linebacker) behind Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o and Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones. Mosley earned Alabama's MVP award in 2012. Mosley's three career interception returns for touchdowns tied an Alabama record. Mosley indicated in December 2012 that he will return to Alabama for his senior season.
Mosley led the Alabama football team in tackles (108) for the second consecutive year, averaging the most tackles-per-game in his college career. In November 2013 Mosley was a semifinalist for the Lombardi, Bednarik and Butkus Awards. Alabama coaches chose Mosley as one of the "players of the week" in nine of Alabama's first ten games of the 2013 season.
Considered one of the best inside linebackers available in the 2014 NFL Draft, Mosley was projected to be selected in the upper half of the first round as of January 2014, possibly making him the highest selected Alabama linebacker since Rolando McClain in 2010.