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Top 12 Tiders

Each week during the football season, we'll offer up our top 12 players on the Crimson Tide roster. Please note that this list isn't based solely on the previous week's performances. Instead, it's based on a number of factors, including season-long production.

Milliner recorded one of Alabama's three takeaways against Auburn.

1.] LB CJ Mosley (last week: 1)
Auburn: On a day when a good bit of the tackles were made by backup defenders and members of the kickoff team, Mosley recorded three total stops, marking his lowest output of the season. Saw more time at weakside linebacker in the base defense, perhaps a signal of what's to come with Georgia's pro-style offense on tap.
Season to date: Leads the team in tackles with 92 stops, a total that outdistances his closest competitors (Nico Johnson and Trey DePriest) by 40 stops. A nine-time recipient of player of the week honors from the UA coaching staff, Mosley is one of seven UA defenders to record an interception this season. Second on the team in sacks with four. Mosley is a Bednarik Award and Butkus Award semifinalist.

2.] CB Dee Milliner (2)
Auburn: In what may have been his final game at Bryant-Denny Stadium, Milliner posted two solo tackles, broke up two passes and returned a second-quarter AU fumble 17 yards. Takeaway against the Tigers was his first in six games. The junior checks in at No. 11 overall on Mel Kiper's latest big board for the 2013 NFL Draft.
Season to date: Leads the team in pass breakups (16), passes defended (18) and is one of six players to record multiple interceptions. Ranks eighth among FBS defenders in passes defended at 1.6 per game. Twenty five pass breakups over the past two seasons are most by any UA defender. Finalist for the Nagurski Trophy (national defensive player of the year). Semifinalist for the Bednarik Award, which annually goes to college football's top defensive player, and the Jim Thorpe Award, which is awarded to the game's top defensive back.

3.] OG Chance Warmack (3)
Auburn: Made easy work of AU linebacker Jake Holland on Eddie Lacy's longest run of the game, a 32-yarder early in the second quarter. The junior checks in at No. 7 overall on Mel Kiper's latest big board for the 2013 NFL Draft.
Season to date: Twelve starts at left guard to push his consecutive starts streak to 38 in a row. Two-time SEC offensive lineman of the week (Arkansas and Mississippi State). Coaching staff selection as offensive player of the week following win over Western Carolina.

4.] C Barrett Jones (4)
Auburn: Storybook Senior Day for Jones, who picked up SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors after grading out at 96 percent against the Tigers. Didn't surrender a pressure, commit a penalty or miss an assignment in the win.
Season to date: Twelve starts this season to push his career total to 48. Player of the week honors from the UA coaching staff for his efforts against Missouri and Auburn.

5.] QB AJ McCarron (5)
Auburn: Extended single-season mark for touchdown passes to 25 after throwing for four scores in less than three quarters of action against the Tigers. Looked very comfortable directing the Crimson Tide's uptempo, no huddle attack. Best throw of the day -- a bullet to Amari Cooper after McCarron escaped pressure in the first quarter -- didn't go for a score. Offensive player of the week honors from the UA coaching staff.
Season to date: In twelve starts, completed 178 of 265 (67.2 percent) passes for 2,507 yards and 25 touchdowns with two interceptions. Passer efficiency rating of 176.3 ranks second nationally behind Georgia's Aaron Murray. McCarron is a finalist for the Johnny Unitas (top quarterback) and Walter Camp (college football's most outstanding player) Awards.

6.] WR Amari Cooper (7)
Auburn: In making his seventh straight start, Cooper posted third 100-yard receiving performance of his rookie campaign, hauling in five passes for 109 yards and two scores. Separation from defenders when ball is in the air is second to none and hands are as good as any UA has had in recent years.
Season to date: Leads UA in receptions (45), receiving yards (767) and touchdown receptions (eight). Has caught four passes or more in seven of last nine games. Three-time Offensive Player of the Week selection by the UA coaching staff and two-time 247Sports National True Freshman of the Week.

7.] OT DJ Fluker (6)
Auburn: Didn't give up a sack or quarterback hurry but was penalized for a false start in the opening quarter.
Season to date: Twelve starts at right tackle to push his career total to 34. Player of the week honors from UA coaching staff following wins over Florida Atlantic, Ole Miss and LSU.

8.] RB Eddie Lacy (10)
Auburn: Another productive outing for the junior, who became the 16th player in UA football history to crack the 1,000-yard mark after rushing for a game-high 131 yards and two touchdowns on 18 attempts. Averaged 7.3 yards per tote with a long run of 32 yards. Third different UA back to rush for 100 yards in last five five meetings with Auburn, joining Glen Coffee (2008) and Trent Richardson (2011). Offensive player of the week honors from the UA coaching staff.
Season to date: Team leader in rushing yards (1,001); all-purpose yards (97.2 ypg) and total touchdowns (15). Eighteen receptions for 136 yards and one touchdown.

9.] TE Michael Williams (8)
Auburn: Opened the game with a reception that covered 5 yards. Nearly pulled off an amazing grab in the end zone on a second-quarter pass from McCarron. Spent much of the afternoon helping the offensive line reestablish the line of scrimmage.
Season to date: Twelve starts to push his career total to 38. Nineteen receptions for 161 yards and three touchdowns. Player of the week honors from the UA coaching staff following wins over Mississippi State and WCU.

10.] NT Jesse Williams (9)
Auburn: Two tackles against the Tigers, giving him 19 total stops in his last four games. Also had a quarterback hurry, his forth of the season. Led the way as a blocking back on three UA touchdown runs.
Season to date: Start against Auburn was his 24th in 25 career games at Alabama. Recorded 33 total tackles, including 2.5 for loss, two pass breakups, four quarterback hurries and a blocked field goal.

11.] OT Cyrus Kouandjio (12)
Auburn: Didn't give up a sack or a quarterback hurry against the Tigers. Was penalized for false start in second quarter. Pair of future NFL first-rounders will square off in Atlanta on Saturday as Kouandjio and UGA outside linebacker Jarvis Jones are expected to see a good bit of each other.
Season to date: Started all twelve games. Picked up offensive player of the week honors from UA coaching staff following win over LSU.

12.] Damion Square (11)
Auburn: Two total tackles, including a half tackle for loss, and a quarterback hurry, his eighth of the season.
Season to date: Recorded 33 total tackles, including 3.5 sacks and a fumble recovery. Eight quarterback hurries are a team high. Started all twelve games, giving him 32 for his UA career.

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