Alabama vs. Texas A&M
3:30 p.m. – CBS
C.J. Mosley (#32), WLB – Alabama
This week’s highly anticipated match-up features loads of NFL caliber talent and senior ‘Will’ backer C.J. Mosley is among the best. At 6-2, 232, Mosley may lack ideal size, but he’s instinctive and athletic enough to stay on the field on passing downs. A 2012 Butkus Award finalist, Mosley led the team with 99 tackles (43 more tackles than the next player) as a Jr., had seven tackles for loss, four sacks and two interceptions, returning one for a TD, the third of his career.
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (#6), SS – Alabama
At 6-1, 208, Clinton-Dix possesses prototypical size for the safety position and Saturday’s match-up vs. A&M’s passing attack led by Manziel will provide scouts with an excellent opportunity to gauge how he matches up vs. an athletic QB who can beat defenses with his arm or legs. A junior, Clinton-Dix not only has the size to shut down the run when playing inside the box – he also possesses excellent ball skills, tying for the SEC lead with five interceptions last season.
Jake Matthews (#75), LT – Texas A&M
NFL bloodlines don’t get much better than those of Jake Matthews, whose father is Bruce Matthews, an NFL Hall of Famer who played 19 seasons with the Houston Oilers and Tennessee Titans. The younger Matthews was dominant on the right side last season, where at 6-5, 305, he proved to be a stronger and more physical run blocker than former teammate and 2013 first round draft pick, Luke Joeckel. While he lacks the elite foot speed and balance of Joeckel, Matthews will get the chance to prove to scouts he can man the left side at the next level when he faces Alabama’s elite pass rush.