2015 Football: Mosley taking leadership role for JMU

JMU's defensive lineman Alex Mosley looks to make a play during a game last season. Mosley will be one of the veteran players on the defensive line this year. Courtesy photo/JMU Athletics Communications

HARRISONBURG –Alex Mosley is aware that he had some good leaders to follow during his early years at James Madison University and now he wants to be the one leading the way.

Mosley, a redshirt senior, played behind several future National Football League players over the last few years and he said he learned a lot from them.

“Jordan Stanton, Bingham Togia, Sage Harold, Tyler Snow, Brandon Lee — I learned a lot on and off the field from them,” Mosley said. “Those guys I consider my brothers. I still talk to them time to time. Now I think it prepared me because I saw those guys, and I looked up to those guys as leaders. It kind of helped me prepare myself into the situation where I am now.”

Mosley is one of only two defensive line starters returning from last year’s squad, along with Xavier Gates.

Mosley said he remembers the older guys helping him out anytime he had a problem on or off the field, and he wants to do the same for the younger guys.

One of the guys Mosley has helped along the way has been Warren County graduate Gage Steele. The redshirt junior linebacker said Mosley has always been helpful and welcoming to him since he joined the team three years ago.

“Ever since I’ve got here he’s taken me in with the older dudes,” Steele said. “I consider him a veteran — he is a veteran. He’ll always go his hardest. I can’t do nothing but take my hat off to him.”

Mosley graduated from Highland Springs High School, just outside of Richmond, and had some playing time in his freshman and sophomore seasons on the defensive line.

Last year Mosley started all 13 games, and he had 55 tackles, two fumble recoveries and a sack for the Dukes

He said his favorite part of playing defense is being able to stop the running game.

“There’s nothing like when it’s me one-on-one with an offensive guard, center or tackle, and I know he’s coming at me and I’m coming right at him,” Mosley said. “I’m a selfless guy. So, I enjoy taking on double teams and knowing that a linebacker will scrape over top of me and get that tackle. I think sometimes I might get more energy from that than they do out of the tackle, which is a great thing.”

Mosley missed a few practices in the preseason due to what he called soreness in his elbow, but said he will be fine for the regular season.

JMU head coach Everett Withers said that Mosley is a valuable part of the defensive front.

“He’s big, he’s strong, and when he goes hard he’s a good football player,” Withers said.

Mosley said he knows this is his last season of playing at the collegiate level, and he and his teammates went to make the most of it.

“You just enjoy the journey. Coach Withers talks about enjoy the journey, don’t look at it as a last ride. This is only the beginning,” Mosley said. “We’ve got some great seniors — me, Vad [Lee] Xavier Gates, Deane Cheatham Derek [Hart], Austin Lane, [Dominick] Richards. Some of the guys I came in with and just grew a strong brotherhood a strong relationship with. It means a lot to all of us.

“We go at it each and every day, and we just love this game. We can’t wait to just strap it up and go at it.”

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com