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.
A five-time starter against LSU, Jones now has a 3-2 mark against the Tigers.
1.] CB Dee Milliner (last week: 1)
LSU: Milliner racked up eight total tackles, including two for loss, and a sack against the Tigers. With LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger looking elsewhere for most of the night, Milliner didn't see as much action in the passing game. Wasn't immune to the tackling woes that plagued the UA back seven but was better than most. The junior checks in at No. 9 overall on Mel Kiper's latest big board for the 2013 NFL Draft.
Season to date: Leads the team in pass breakups (13), passes defended (15) and is one of six players to record multiple interceptions. Third in FBS in passes defended at 1.8 per game. Five interceptions and 22 pass breakups over the last two seasons are most by any UA defender. Semifinalist for the Bednarik Award, which annually goes to college football's best defensive player, and the Jim Thorpe Award, which is awarded to the game's best defensive back.
2.] LB CJ Mosley (2)
LSU: Tigers' two-back personnel limited Mosley's snaps in Baton Rouge, which resulted in a season-low four stops for the junior. Posted a half sack and a leaping, left-handed pass breakup to get the LSU offense off the field. With Texas A&M's spread attack up next, reps won't be an issue for Mosley this week.
Season to date: Leads the team in tackles with 69 stops, a total that outdistances his closest competitors (Nico Johnson and Trey DePriest) by 25 stops. A seven-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. Tied for second in sacks with three. In addition to the Bednarik Award, Mosley is a Butkus Award semifinalist.
3.] C Barrett Jones (3)
LSU: Anchored an offensive line that helped UA rush for 6.6 yards per carry against the Tigers. Teamed with right guard Anthony Steen to create a large cutback lane for Eddie Lacy, who used it in sprinting 28 yards in the opening quarter. Worked with Steen and tackle DJ Fluker in walling off the left side of the LSU defensive line on Lacy's touchdown run in the second quarter.
Season to date: Nine starts this season to push his career total to 45. Player of the week honors from the UA coaching staff for his efforts against Missouri.
4.] OG Chance Warmack (4)
LSU: Got out and led the way on two screen passes that devastated the Tigers' defense. With Warmack, Jones and Steen controlling the interior, LSU's defensive tackles didn't record a tackle for loss against the Crimson Tide. The junior checks in at No. 6 overall on Mel Kiper's latest big board for the 2013 NFL Draft.
Season to date: Nine starts at left guard to push his consecutive starts streak to 35 in a row. Two-time SEC offensive lineman of the week (Arkansas and Mississippi State).
5.] QB AJ McCarron (5)
LSU: What a difference one drive can make. After struggling much of the night, McCarron took the Crimson Tide offense 72 yards in 49 seconds, completing four of five passes on a drive that will go down among the greatest in program history. Winning toss to TJ Yeldon was McCarron's 19th touchdown pass of the season, which is one shy of Greg McElroy's (2010) single-season UA mark of 20. Now owns a 21-1 mark as a starter. Winning percentage of .955 is the highest of any Alabama quarterback with 22 starts or more.
Season to date: In nine starts, completed 136 of 204 (67.7 percent) passes for 1,849 yards and 19 touchdowns without an interception. Passer efficiency rating of 173.5 ranks first in the SEC and third nationally. The junior is a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award (college football's most outstanding player) and the Davey O'Brien Award (top quarterback).
6.] OT DJ Fluker (8)
LSU: What was that about Fluker being a liability in pass protection? On one play, Fluker was almost too good against KeKe Mingo, as the LSU defensive end ended up in a passing lane after being stoned by Fluker. The junior was flagged for holding once, but that had more to do with good coverage from the Tigers' secondary than Fluker getting beat. One of three offensive performers named play of the week by the UA coaching staff.
Season to date: Nine starts at right tackle to push his career total to 31. Player of the week honors from UA coaching staff following wins over Florida Atlantic, Ole Miss and LSU.
7.] TE Michael Williams (7)
LSU: Caught one pass for six yards. Another solid night of blocking for the big tight end, who teamed with the UA offensive line to pave the way for 166 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries. Seal block on LSU linebacker Lamin Barrow helped spring Yeldon for 23 yards in the third quarter.
Season to date: Nine starts to push his career total to 35. Sixteen receptions for 114 yards and three touchdowns. One of three offensive performers to pick up player of the week honors from the UA coaching staff for their play against Mississippi State.
8.] RB TJ Yeldon (12)
LSU: After taking in a screen pass from McCarron, the true freshman ran his way into Alabama football lore, keeping the Crimson Tide's national title hopes alive in the process. Rushed for 76 yards against the Tigers, averaging 6.9 yards per carry. Winning touchdown reception was his sixth score in the last four games.
Season to date: Team leader in rushing yards (725) and all-purpose yards (94.1 ypg). Second to Lacy in total touchdowns (eight). Eight receptions for 122 yards and one touchdown. Picked up offensive player of the week honors from the UA coaching staff for his performance against Mississippi State.
9.] NT Jesse Williams (9)
LSU: Season-high seven tackles against the Tigers, including one for loss. Critical piece of a run defense that didn't collapse in the fourth quarter, despite taking on 49 rushing attempts from one of the most physical offenses in college football.
Season to date: Start against LSU was his 21st in 22 career games at Alabama. Recorded 21 total tackles, including 1.5 for loss, two pass breakups, three quarterback hurries and a blocked field goal.
10.] OLB Adrian Hubbbard (not ranked)
LSU: Recorded 12 tackles, including 2.5 for loss and a half sack. Wondered how the sophomore would hold up in the running game and he responded with a performance that earned him defensive player of the week honors from both the UA coaching staff and the SEC.
Season to date: Played in all nine games, making seven starts. Leads the team in tackles for loss (eight) and sacks (four).
11.] Damion Square (11)
LSU: With Square serving as one of UA's three game captains, seemed appropriate that it was the veteran's sack of Mettenberger that capped one of the most memorable wins in program history. Finished the game with five tackles and a sack.
Season to date: Recorded 23 total tackles, including three sacks and a fumble recovery. Five quarterback hurries are a team high. Started all nine games, giving him 29 for his UA career.
12.] WR Amari Cooper (6)
LSU: Didn't record a reception while seeing limited action due to a sore ankle. Found himself matched up on safety Eric Reid on a post route in the first quarter, but McCarron's pass didn't find the mark. Fortunately for the Crimson Tide, Kevin Norwood came up large in Cooper's absence.
Season to date: Leads UA in receptions (32), receiving yards (472) and touchdown receptions (five). Has caught four passes or more in five of Alabama's last six games. One of three offensive performers named players of the week by the UA coaching staff following UA's win over Tennessee. Two-time 247Sports National True Freshman of the Week.
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