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Carl Lawson | Defensive End

Team: Auburn Tigers
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 261

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NFL Media points out that new Auburn DC Will Muschamp "does a good job of devising ways to get pass rushers in advantageous matchups," which they surmise will lead to redshirt sophomore edge rusher Carl Lawson finishing "with double-digit sacks."
For that to happen, of course, Lawson must stay healthy. He registered four sacks in a limited role as a freshman in 2013 but suffered a torn left ACL last May before what many assumed would be a breakout 2014. "Lawson, who had 27 sacks as a high school senior in the talent-rich Atlanta area, has a quick first step and also possesses good strength," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. Jun 14 - 1:24 PM
Source: NFL.com

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Auburn redshirt sophomore edge rusher Carl Lawson "has the ability to be a monster off the edge for a team looking to return to championship contention," noted NFL Media.

Lawson's national coming out party was delayed a year after he suffered an ACL tear during spring practices in 2014. Now healthy, Lawson is a centerpiece of former Florida head coach Will Muschamp's new-look defense. Expect the school's pass rush to improve significantly in 2015, which should greatly help its defensive backs.
Source: NFL.com
May 21 - 8:05 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay mocked Auburn redshirt sophomore edge rusher Carl Lawson to the Ravens at No. 23.

"He missed the entire 2014 season due to injury, but he was an elite recruit who flashed as a true freshman with his explosive athleticism and natural power," he wrote. "He has the potential to develop into an impact player as an edge rusher." Rotoworld's Josh Norris did not have Lawson going in Round 1. Coming off ACL surgery, we'd like to see Lawson on the field before we can project both that he will leave school and that he will go in the opening stanza.
May 14 - 7:13 PM

Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn notes that redshirt sophomore edge rusher Carl Lawson has fully recovered from his ACL surgery.

In 2013, the 6-foot-2, 257-pound Lawson recorded 20 total tackles with four sacks in just 10 games of play as a freshman, before injuring his knee last April. The Auburn prospect was forced to miss the entire season in 2014. With new defensive coordinator Will Muschamp in the mix, they plan to put Lawson in the Buck position, which is a linebacker-end hybrid.
Source: Al.com
May 7 - 2:31 PM

Auburn redshirt sophomore edge rusher Carl Lawson "is a legitimate comeback player of the year candidate as he returns from the knee injury that knocked him out of the ’14 season," writes ESPN's Travis Haney.

Lawson registered four sacks in a limited role as a freshman in 2013. "A double-digit sack season in 2015 feels well within reason," Haney wrote. Lawson underwent ACL surgery last May. When healthy, some analysts believed Lawson had more potential than former All-American defensive end Dee Ford. "Will Muschamp, back in a more comfortable defensive coordinator role, has shown a knack for finding and developing pass-rushers," Haney wrote. "His Texas defenses led the country in sacks from 2008-10. So this is a comfortable pairing and should yield proper dividends, especially with fellow blossoming star Montravius Adams playing on the inside of the line."
May 6 - 9:06 PM

Auburn edge rusher Carl Lawson has been cleared by doctors after dealing with lingering knee issues last year.

Per ESPN's Chris Low, wWith him in the lineup, (Gus) Malzahn thinks Tigers will be able to rush the passer with four." That is a big step forward. There were rumblings Lawson would return last year from an ACL surgery which occurred last May, but it never happened.
Feb 25 - 11:41 AM

Auburn sophomore DE Carl Lawson is not expected to play this season with lingering knee issues.

Teammates and coaches previously stated Lawson was on track to return from offseason knee surgery to repair a torn left ACL, but that seems unlikely now. "We've not gotten to the point yet it's good enough to talk about coming back," head coach Gus Malzahn said. If he does not play this season, Lawson would likely earn a redshirt label for 2014. He is one of Auburn's top defensive players.
Tue, Oct 21, 2014 10:27:00 AM

Auburn defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson believes sophomore DE Carl Lawson won't return to the field prior to the middle of the season.

"It’s been a remarkable rehab and recovery," Johnson said on SiriusXM’s College Sports Today. "He’s way ahead of schedule, but I would say half a season would be optimistic." Lawson suffered a torn left ACL in May and has steadfastly said he hopes to play by the end of the season. "We don’t know when we’re going to get (Lawson) back," Johnson said. "I think we’ve got some guys who can step up." If he can't return prior to November, Auburn might be best served telling Lawson to take the season off so he can apply for a medical redshirt.
Mon, Aug 18, 2014 11:14:00 PM

Auburn LB Kris Frost believes sophomore DE Carl Lawson will return to the field at some point this season.

I saw him moving around, a lot, actually. I’m really confident about him being able to come back," Frost said. "I’m not sure when, but you know, whenever the time is right, we’re going to be ready for him." Lawson suffered a torn left ACL in May and has steadfastly said he hopes to play by the end of the season. If he does, it would eliminate the chance to earn a medical redshirt season.
Source: AL.com
Mon, Aug 4, 2014 10:34:00 AM

ESPN's Kevin Weidl thought Auburn sophomore DE Carl Lawson (ACL) was "an emerging star" based on his 2013 game tape.

Lawson underwent ACL surgery in May, but hopes to return near the end of the fall schedule. Regardless, Weidl wrote that the injury was a "huge blow" for the Auburn defense. When he was healthy, some analysts believed Lawson had better potential than former All-American defensive end Dee Ford.
Tue, Jul 15, 2014 03:29:00 PM

Auburn sophomore DE Carl Lawson hopes to play "towards the end of the year" despite undergoing ACL surgery in May, according to Gus Malzahn.

Lawson's father previously stated it is "not in the thought process" for his son to miss the 2014 season after injuring his left knee. The sophomore had a great first year at Auburn, registering four sacks in a limited role.
Mon, Jul 14, 2014 01:08:00 PM

Auburn DE Carl Lawson's father said it's "not in the thought process" for his son to miss the 2014 season after undergoing surgery this offseason to repair damage in his left knee.

"He definitely wants to play this year and everybody wants to get a chance to right the wrong from that 13 seconds (against Florida State in the BCS National Championship), so I think the thing is he wants to be out there contributing and trying to help Auburn win a national title," Lawson, Sr. said. Some believe Lawson could be better than former All-American defensive end Dee Ford, but there are still questions surrounding his mending knee. "When he’s ready, he’ll be out there," said Lawson, Sr. "I’ve got full confidence in the staff to make sure he’s not only ready but he’s prepared. We’ve got a great team and we’ve got a good defensive line rotation. We’re in good shape." Defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson said there is no timetable for Lawson's return. "The procedure went well, and Dr. (James Andrews) said it’s been phenomenal the way he’s responded," Johnson said. "But we don’t get anything else definitive."
Source: AL.com
Sat, Jun 14, 2014 10:25:00 PM