Updated: Sep 16, 2019
When it comes to continuity, no coach in the history of college football has done it better than Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban.
During Saban's tenure, his program continues to produce talented and highly productive linebackers to replace those who have graduated to the NFL ranks; names such as Rolando McClain, C.J. Mosley and Reggie Ragland are just a few of many that come to mind.
Last season, junior linebacker Dylan Moses finished his first season as a starter; all he did was help lead his Crimson Tide team to the National Championship game and become a finalist for the prestigious Butkus Award given annually to the nation's top linebacker, fitting for a young man who won the high school Butkus Award in 2016 while at IMG Academy. His success last season was a testament to his growth in a system that is complex in nature.
"I think he’s just a lot more confident," former Crimson Tide and rookie Carolina Panthers linebacker Christian Miller told analyst Charlie Potter of '24/7 Sports'. "When you first get here, it’s a lot to digest. It’s a big playbook, it’s very complex."
Despite his undeniable athletic gifts, Moses has been defined by his work ethic which is arguably his greatest attribute. On the field last season, his work ethic materialized into the type of production, which garnered praise from many of his teammates including Miller.
Moses has not only mastered Saban's playbook, he became their playcaller and a physical force in the middle alongside Mack Wilson. With Mack Wilson now a member of the Cleveland Browns, he alongside standout defensive lineman Raekwon Davis are set to lead their defense back to the national championship and avenge their devastating loss at the hands of the Clemson Tigers.