Walk-on linebacker Jamey Mosley earns scholarship, receives praise

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Pete Pajor

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Terrin Waack

After Alabama football coach Nick Saban made the announcement Monday night, there was a collective roar released in the room — in a good way. His team was happy. 

Jamey Mosley has received a scholarship.

“It’s heartfelt for me, but also it was sort of amazing to see how happy the players were for him,” Saban said. “But that’s what a team is all about.”

Originally from Theodore, Ala., Mosley had scholarship offers to other schools, but he set them aside. Instead, he decided to be a walk-on at Alabama. 

This is now Mosley’s second season with the Crimson Tide. He didn’t see any action during the 2015 season. 

The redshirt sophomore didn’t digress, though. 

“We didn’t give it to him,” Saban said. “He earned it — and I’d like to say he earned it on his own.” 

Mosley is the younger brother of former Alabama standout C.J. Mosley, who played for the Crimson Tide from 2010-13 and now plays for the Baltimore Ravens. The two even play the same positive: linebacker. 

Mosley currently practices among other top Alabama linebackers, such as Ryan Anderson, Tim Williams and Christian Miller. 

Standing at 6-foot-5 and weighing in at 228 pounds, Saban believes Mosley has the ability to make a strong contribution for the 2016 edition of the Crimson Tide. The scholarship is proof of that belief.

“We want to reward positive performance when it comes to these guys and what they do,” Saban said. 

Mosley isn’t the first notable walk-on player to receive a scholarship either. 

Saban name-dropped a couple former Crimson Tide members who also started as walk-ons and received scholarship: tight end Michael Nysewander and wide receiver Parker Barrineau. Both players were pieces of the 2015 Crimson Tide that brought home a National Championship title

Now, it’s Mosley’s turn. He has already set an example for the rest of the team. 

“I’m really happy for him,” Saban said. “Hopefully we’ll have some other guys who will surface in that regard.”