Top 12 Tiders

Each week, we've offered up our top 12 players on the Crimson Tide roster. With another championship season in the books, here's our final ranking for the 2012 season.

Mosley took the crystal and most valuable player honors on Monday night.

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.

1.] LB CJ Mosley (Previous: 1)
Notre Dame: Took home defensive most valuable player honors after posting eight tackles, including one for loss. Effectively shadowed Irish quarterback Everett Golson for much of the night, which led to Golson finishing the game with minus-7 yards rushing. Mosley's return for the 2013 season provides continuity on the defensive side of the ball.
2012 season: Led the team in tackles with 107 stops, a total that outdistanced his closest competitor (Trey DePriest) by 48 stops. Tackle total is most by a defender in Nick Saban era at Alabama. A nine-time recipient of player of the week honors from the UA coaching staff, Mosley was one of seven UA defenders to record an interception this season. Second on the team in sacks with four. Consensus first-team all-american and Butkus Award finalist (nation's top linebacker).

2.] OG Chance Warmack (3)
Notre Dame: Cleared large running lanes for Eddie Lacy and TJ Yeldon while mauling second-level defenders. Had key block on Lacy's 20-yard touchdown run that got the Crimson Tide pointed in the right direction. Added to the team-high 37 pancake blocks he entered the game with. Warmack checks in at No. 5 overall on Mel Kiper's latest big board for the 2013 NFL Draft.
2012 season: Fourteen starts at left guard to push his consecutive starts streak to 40 in a row. Committed just two penalties all season. Two-time SEC offensive lineman of the week (Arkansas and Mississippi State). Coaching staff selection as offensive player of the week following wins over Western Carolina and Georgia. Unanimous first-team all-america selection. Selected as one of three permanent captains for 2012 team.

3.] CB Dee Milliner (2)
Notre Dame: As expected, Milliner found himself matched up with 6-foot-6 Tyler Eifert when the Irish's top offensive playmaker spit wide to the boundary. Set the tone early by successfully defending two jump balls intended for Eifert. Deflected another deep ball in the third quarter that was subsequently intercepted by safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. The junior checks in at No. 10 overall on Mel Kiper's latest big board for the 2013 NFL Draft.
2012 season: Led the team in pass breakups (20), passes defended (22) and was one of six players to record multiple interceptions. Tied for second among all FBS defenders in passes defended at 1.69 per game. Twenty nine pass breakups over the past two seasons were most by any UA defender. Three year total of 36 pass breakups. Finalist for the Nagurski Trophy (national defensive player of the year) and the Jim Thorpe Award, which is awarded to the game's top defensive back. Unanimous first-team all-america selection.

4.] C Barrett Jones (4)
Notre Dame: Playing on an injured foot that would require surgery two days later, Jones was still able to neutralize Irish nose tackle Louis Nix, freeing Warmack up to do his thing on the second level. Championship game was Jones' 50th career start for the Crimson Tide.
2012 season: 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, Auburn and Georgia. Selected as one of three permanent captains for 2012 team. Consensus first-team all-american. Rimington Trophy (nation's top center) recipient.

5.] QB AJ McCarron (5)
Notre Dame: He's not the Heisman Trophy winner, but you won't find another quarterback in recent college football history who came up as big in championship settings as McCarron. In scorching the Irish for 264 passing yards and four touchdowns, he pushed his career BCS Championship Game numbers to 43 of 62 (69 percent) for 498 yards and four scores with no interceptions.
2012 season: In 14 starts, completed 211 of 314 (67.2 percent) passes for 2,933 yards and 30 touchdowns (school record) with three interceptions. FBS passing efficiency ranking of 175.3 ranked first nationally. Finalist for the Johnny Unitas (top quarterback) Award. Third-team all-america and second-team All-SEC selection by the Associated Press.

6.] WR Amari Cooper (6)
Notre Dame: Proved too much for Irish corners and safeties, catching six passes for 105 yards and two touchdowns. In reaching 59 receptions and 1,000 receiving yards, Cooper surpassed UA freshman marks previously set by Julio Jones in 2008.
2012 season: Led UA in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown receptions (11). Caught four or more passes in nine of last 11 games. Three-time Offensive Player of the Week selection by the UA coaching staff and two-time 247Sports National True Freshman of the Week. Freshman all-america and freshman all-SEC selection.

7.] OT DJ Fluker (7)
Notre Dame: In what was likely his final start for the Crimson Tide, Fluker helped the Alabama ground game churn out 265 yards against the Irish. Successfully dealt with Notre Dame defensive end Stephon Tuitt while in pass protection.
2012 season: Fourteen starts at right tackle to push his career total to 36. Player of the week honors from UA coaching staff following wins over Florida Atlantic, Ole Miss, LSU and Georgia. Named first-team all-america by CBSSports.com.

8.] RB Eddie Lacy (8)
Notre Dame: It was more sweet than bitter, but Lacy's big night against the Irish left UA fans wondering what the junior might have accomplished had he not been hampered by an assortment of injuries throughout his time in Tuscaloosa. Secured offensive most valuable player honors after rushing for 140 yards and scoring twice in the win. Rushed for 452 yards and five touchdowns on 58 carries (7.9 ypc) in final three games of the season.
2012 season: Team leader in rushing yards (1,322); all-purpose yards (107.9 ypg) and total touchdowns (19). Twenty two receptions for 189 yards and two touchdowns. First-team All-SEC selection.

9.] TE Michael Williams (9)
Notre Dame: Each of his three receptions against the Irish went for either a first down or a touchdown. Teamed with fellow tight ends Brian Vogler and Kelly Johnson to get the job done in the run game.
2012 season: Fourteen starts to push his career total to 41. Twenty four receptions for 183 yards and four touchdowns. Player of the week honors from the UA coaching staff following wins over Mississippi State, WCU and Georgia.

10.] NT Jesse Williams (10)
Notre Dame: Credited with just one assisted tackle, but, along with Damion Square, did a nice job of stuffing the run out of UA's four-man (nickel) front. Despite working against a six-man box for much of the game, the Irish ground game managed just 32 yards. Williams also led the way as a blocking back on TJ Yeldon's second-quarter touchdown run.
2012 season: Start against Notre Dame was his 26th in 26 career games at Alabama. Recorded 37 total tackles, including 2.5 for loss, two pass breakups, four quarterback hurries and a blocked field goal. Second-team all-SEC selection.

11.] TJ Yeldon (12)
Notre Dame: Like Lacy, Yeldon's combination of speed and power stunned the Notre Dame front seven. After rushing for 108 yards and a touchdown against the Irish, Yeldon is a good bet to be the Crimson Tide's top back in 2013.
2012 season: The true freshman rushed for 1,108 yards and 12 touchdowns on 175 carries (6.3 ypc), easily surpassing freshman numbers from Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson. Broke UA's freshman rushing record, surpassing Terry Grant's 891 yards in 2007. Tied Ingram's UA freshman record for touchdowns in a season. Freshman all-america and freshman all-SEC.

12.] OT Cyrus Kouandjio (11)
Notre Dame: Teamed with Warmack on key block that helped spring Lacy on his 20-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. Second-quarter holding penalty negated a third down conversion but was very effective in pass protection otherwise. Notre Dame finished the game without a sack.
2012 season: Started all 14 games. Picked up offensive player of the week honors from UA coaching staff following wins over LSU and Georgia.

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