By the Crimson Tide's ridiculous standards, 2013 was an off-year; after leading the nation in total defense each of the past two seasons, Nick Saban's unit slipped all the way to fifth (horrors!) and tenth in yards allowed per-play (disaster!).

But if there's any player who stands blameless for the Tide's "struggles," it's All-American linebacker C.J. Mosley, who led the team with 102 tackles and was the driving force behind Alabama still comfortably leading the SEC in total defense, scoring defense, rushing defense, and yards per-play allowed. Mosley was rewarded for his good work Sunday with the 2013 Butkus Award, given to the nation's top linebacker.