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Mosley's first interception of 2012 came against LSU.

Breaking down the 2012 Crimson Tide roster three players at a time. Up next, linebackers C.J. Mosley, Trey DePriest and Nico Johnson.

32 LB C.J. Mosley (Jr.)
2011 season: Played in 11 games as a true sophomore, making six starts. Recorded 37 tackles, including 4.5 for loss, two sacks and an interception.
2012 spring practice: Showed no lingering effects from hip injury sustained in BCS Championship Game win over LSU. Maintained role as UA's top coverage linebacker.
What he brings to the table: Alabama's answer to spread offenses, Mosley ranks at the top of the list of "space" linebackers in college football. Also capable of making plays against the run, as he showed on his stop of T.J. Yeldon in the end zone for a safety in the spring game. One key difference between the 2010 defense and the one UA will field this fall is that Mosley won't be a true freshman in 2012.

33 LB Trey DePriest (So.)
2011 season: Played in all 13 games as a true freshman, posting 25 tackles as a reserve inside linebacker and special teams contributor. Two-time special teams player of the week selection by UA coaching staff.
2012 spring practice: Worked with the first unit at weakside linebacker in the base defense and also an option at the money and mack spots in the nickel and dime packages. Recorded four tackles in the A-Day game. One of five players to receive Ozzie Newsome Most Improved Freshman Award at the end of spring drills.
What he brings to the table: Projects as UA's next great every down inside linebacker. In addition to playing will in the base, DePriest is capable of handling the money and mack responsibilities in the nickel and dime. In a scheme that leans heavily on situational performers at times, DePriest has the physical tools needed to become sub-proof.

35 LB Nico Johnson (Sr.)
2011 season: Played in all 13 games, making seven starts at weakside linebacker. Recorded 47 tackles, including 6.5 for loss. Three-time defensive player of the week selection by UA coaching staff.
2012 spring practice: Took over as starter at mike linebacker in base defense. Posted four tackles in A-Day game. One of four players to receiver Jerry Duncan "I Like To Practice" Award at close of spring drills.
What he brings to the table: Johnson has played in 38 games in his UA career, so there isn't much he hasn't seen. Proficient at the weakside and middle linebacker positions, the senior has made multiple starts at both inside spots. Known more for his ability to play the run, but he's also serviceable in the nickel package.

Up next: 37 S Robert Lester; 42 RB Eddie Lacy; 42 LB Adrian Hubbard.

Also see:
1 Hart, 2 White and 2 Patrick
3 Sunseri, 4 Yeldon and 5 Black
6 Clinton-Dix, 6 Sims and 7 Anderson
7 Bell, 8 Pagan and 9 Dixon
10 McCarron, 10 Fulton and 12 Ely
13 Belue, 16 Sylve and 19 Atchison
20 Ja. Williams, 21 Calloway and 22 C. Jones
23 Washington, 25 Lee and 27 Perry
28 Milliner, 29 Mandell and 31 Johnson

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