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.
Individual honors are beginning to pour in for Mosley, who came up big when his team needed him the most.
1.] LB CJ Mosley (last week: 1)
Georgia: Made what turned out to be the biggest play of his UA career on the game's final snap, deflecting an Aaron Murray pass that ended up in the hands of UGA receiver Chris Conley, who caught the pass in bounds with a running clock and the Bulldogs out of timeouts. Also posted seven tackles, including one for loss, and a quarterback hurry. Named to first team AP All-SEC and CBSSports.com All-America teams.
Season to date: Leads the team in tackles with 99 stops, a total that outdistances his closest competitor (Trey DePriest) by 43 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. Bednarik Award and Butkus Award semifinalist.
2.] CB Dee Milliner (2)
Georgia: Wasn't targeted as much as Deion Belue, but Milliner responded to the challenge when Murray did go his way, posting two pass breakups. Added four tackles. The junior checks in at No. 15 overall on Mel Kiper's latest big board for the 2013 NFL Draft.
Season to date: Leads the team in pass breakups (18), passes defended (20) and is one of six players to record multiple interceptions. Tied for third among FBS defenders in passes defended at 1.67 per game. Twenty seven pass breakups over the past two seasons are most by any UA defender. Finalist for the Nagurski Trophy (national defensive player of the year) and 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)
Georgia: Cleared large running lanes for Eddie Lacy and TJ Yeldon while working with Barrett Jones on double teams and mauling second-level defenders. Named to first team AP All-SEC and CBSSports.com All-America teams. Selected as one of three permanent captains for 2012 team. The junior checks in at No. 7 overall on Mel Kiper's latest big board for the 2013 NFL Draft.
Season to date: Thirteen starts at left guard to push his consecutive starts streak to 39 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)
Georgia: Despite suffering a foot injury early in the game, Jones more than held his own against UGA tackles John Jenkins and Kwame Geathers. Used excellent technique to offset size deficit in dealing with the Dawgs' massive interior duo. Named to first team AP All-SEC (marking third selection at third different position in UA career) and CBSSports.com All-America teams. Selected as one of three permanent captains for 2012 team.
Season to date: Thirteen starts this season to push his career total to 49. Graded out at over 90 percent in nine regular season games. He had just six missed assignments on 656 plays in those games. Player of the week honors from the UA coaching staff for his efforts against Missouri and Auburn. Rimington Trophy (nation's top center) finalist.
5.] QB AJ McCarron (5)
Georgia: Engineered second come-from-behind, game-winning drive in a month, another memorable march that culminated with a 45-yard touchdown pass to Amari Cooper. The heave extended McCarron's single-season mark for touchdown passes to 26. Second-quarter interception, which came on a back shoulder fade that missed by a wide margin, was McCarron's worst throw of the season. Second-team All-SEC selection by the Associated Press.
Season to date: In twelve starts, completed 191 of 286 (66.8 percent) passes for 2,669 yards and 26 touchdowns with three interceptions. With an FBS ranking of 173.1, McCarron overtook Murray for the top spot in passer efficiency rating. Finalist for the Johnny Unitas (top quarterback) and Walter Camp (college football's most outstanding player) Awards.
6.] WR Amari Cooper (6)
Georgia: With the eyes of the college football world looking on, the true freshman unleashed the full arsenal on the Bulldogs' secondary, going over safety Bacarri Rambo to make a 44-yard grab and past cornerback Damian Swann to run down the game winner.
Season to date: Leads UA in receptions (52), receiving yards (894) and touchdown receptions (nine). Has caught four passes or more in eight of last ten 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 (7)
Georgia: With his team trailing 21-10 in the third quarter, Fluker implored his offensive line mates to take over the game, which is exactly what they did in opening holes for a rushing attack that piled up 120 yards and two scores on the two drives that followed. Got movement on the 358-pound Jenkins, something few other linemen in college football have been able to do the past two seasons. Named first-team All-America by CBSSports.com.
Season to date: Thirteen starts at right tackle to push his career total to 35. Player of the week honors from UA coaching staff following wins over Florida Atlantic, Ole Miss and LSU.
8.] RB Eddie Lacy (8)
Georgia: Working behind an offensive line that would not be denied, Lacy shared a similar mindset, grinding, spinning and sprinting his way through the Georgia defense for a career-high 181 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. In his last two games, Lacy has rushed 312 yards and four touchdowns on 38 attempts, for an average of 8.2 yards per carry. Second-team All-SEC selection by the Associated Press.
Season to date: Team leader in rushing yards (1,182); all-purpose yards (104.2 ypg) and total touchdowns (17). Twenty receptions for 172 yards and one touchdown.
9.] TE Michael Williams (9)
Georgia: Dominated UGA outside linebackers and safeties in the run game, helping the Crimson Tide offense rush for 350 yards in the process. Caught two passes for five yards.
Season to date: Thirteen starts to push his career total to 39. Twenty one receptions for 166 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 (10)
Georgia: Absence was noticeable after the Aussie went out with a knee injury in the third quarter. Came back to help stuff UGA running back Todd Gurley on third-and-short in the fourth quarter, setting up Crimson Tide's go-ahead score a few plays later. Led the way as a blocking back on Lacy's fourth-quarter touchdown run. Honorable mention All-SEC by the Associated Press.
Season to date: Start against Georgia was his 25th in 25 career games at Alabama. Recorded 36 total tackles, including 2.5 for loss, two pass breakups, four quarterback hurries and a blocked field goal.
11.] OT Cyrus Kouandjio (11)
Georgia: UGA's three sacks had more to do with coverage than pass rush as Kouandjio and Fluker more than held up to the edge challenge presented by Jarvis Jones and Jordan Jenkins. And like Fluker, Kouandjio had his way in the run game.
Season to date: Started all thirteen games. Picked up offensive player of the week honors from UA coaching staff following win over LSU.
12.] TJ Yeldon (not ranked)
Georgia: Hit the 1,000-yard mark, rushing for 153 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries against the Bulldogs. Tremendous individual effort helped UA convert huge third-and-5 in the fourth quarter, with McCarron hooking up with Cooper for the deciding score one play later.
Season to date: The true freshman has rushed for 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns on 154 carries (6.5 ypc) and has caught ten passes for 131 yards and another score.
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