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Carl Lawson | Defensive End

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

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Auburn redshirt junior edge rusher Carl Lawson indicated that he chose to remain at the program because he believes he has room for improvement.
"I needed to get better as a football player. I've got a lot to prove to myself – nobody else – but I have a lot of stuff that I want to accomplish," Lawson said. The 6-foot-2, 261-pounder's been waylaid by many an injury over the last two seasons, missing the entirety of the 2014 campaign due to a torn ACL and playing in just seven games last season thanks to a hip injury suffered against Louisville in the season-opener. A healthy 2016 would likely do wonders in helping convince scouts that the ultra-talented edge rusher's health issues are behind him. Mar 11 - 8:48 PM

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Both Ole Miss tackles said Auburn redshirt junior edge rusher Carl Lawson was their most difficult opponent during their time playing in college.

Those tackles, Laremy Tunsil and Fahn Cooper, praised Lawson's ability. Lawson flirted with entering the 2016 NFL Draft and would have been a top three edge rusher in our rankings. However, Lawson missed a good bit of playing time over the last two seasons due to knee and hip injuries. He possess power and explosion, and also spends some snaps inside.
Feb 26 - 9:44 AM

Auburn redshirt sophomore edge rusher Carl Lawson will return to school for the 2016 season.

Lawson broke the news on his Twitter account via pictures from the film "The Wolf of Wall Street" along with the hashtags #WarEagle and #2016-17. The decision was later confirmed through Lawson's father. We have considered Lawson one of the top edge players in this class (top four, at the very least), but he has yet to stay healthy over the last two years. That will be the key for next season. Lawson can be dominant on the field.
Jan 6 - 6:12 PM

Auburn redshirt sophomore DE Carl Lawson will enter the 2016 NFL Draft, according to Tony Pauline.

Pauline says Lawson's father is "vetting agents and telling people son is leaving for the NFL." We love Lawson's game and think he could emerge as the No. 2 edge rusher in the class thanks to his combination of explosion and power. However, Lawson has battled through injuries over the last two seasons (knee and hip). He can win inside and outside, but the medical evaluations will be as critical as the on-field.
Thu, Dec 31, 2015 09:30:00 AM

With Auburn redshirt sophomore edge rusher Carl Lawson's returning to the field, he reminded "everyone why he's one of the best players in the SEC and the MVP of the Tigers' defense," CBS Sports' Dane Brugler noted.

"Lining up on the edge and inside, Lawson fires off the snap and keeps his entire body in sync to win one-on-one battles, using his lower body to win the corner and his upper half to grip-and-rip past blockers. He lacks ideal length, but has strong hands and timely placement with his counters to fight through blockers' punch," Brugler wrote. The Auburn prospect made his presence felt in his return, however, the stat sheet didn't prove it, as he recorded only 1 tackle on the day. The 6-foot-2, 261-pound Lawson was a disruptive force all day versus the Ole Miss offensive line, giving left tackle Laremy Tunsil a run for his money. Brugler adds that Lawson "is a true difference-maker when healthy and his infectious energy fuels the entire defense."
Source: CBS Sports
Wed, Nov 4, 2015 02:02:00 PM

Auburn HC Gus Malzahn praised redshirt sophomore edge rusher Carl Lawson's practice habits.

Lawson made an instant impact against Laremy Tunsil and the rest of Ole Miss' offensive line. The pass rusher returned from a hip injury after missing every game following the season opener. NFL teams will fall in love with Lawson's leadership.
Tue, Nov 3, 2015 12:42:00 PM

Auburn redshirt sophomore edge rusher Carl Lawson is listed as a starter for Saturday's game against Ole Miss.

Lawson was considered a game-time decision after returning to practice this week, but this is a good sign that he will play. Lawson was absolutely dominant in his one half of football this season, both from the inside and outside. He might see snaps opposite Laremy Tunsil in this game.
Sat, Oct 31, 2015 11:25:00 AM

Auburn HC Gus Malzahn said that redshirt sophomore DE/DL Carl Lawson's return to Tuesday practice "was big."

"Having [Lawson] back out there dressed out was big, I think, for our team and our defense and I think it was big for him too," said Malzahn. The 6-foot-2, 261-pound redshirt sophomore injured his hip in the first half of Auburn's season-opening win over Louisville. He hasn't played since, but in that limited action, he recorded a pair of tackles for loss, a sack and three quarterback hurries. A report from has Lawson playing against Ole Miss on Saturday, but he should be considered a game-time decision until official word surfaces.
Fri, Oct 30, 2015 07:38:00 PM

Auburn redshirt sophomore DE/DL Carl Lawson is practicing on Tuesday.

Lawson only played two or three quarters this season, but it might have been the best performance by a single Tiger all year. Lawson looked dominant in the season opener but has been out since with a hip injury. Head coach Gus Malzahn stopped short of saying Lawson will play against Ole Miss, but it seems likely we will see him on the field this season.
Tue, Oct 27, 2015 12:21:00 PM

Auburn redshirt sophomore DL Carl Lawson is out for an "extended period" of time due to a hip injury.

The bad news keeps coming for Auburn. Lawson missed all of last season due to a severe knee injury but starred in the first half of the season opener this year. That bright spot was short lived as Lawson has missed each game since. Who knows when Lawson returns.
Tue, Sep 22, 2015 01:13:00 PM

Auburn redshirt sophomore DL Carl Lawson is still considered day to day with a hip injury.

Lawson missed the last contest against Jacksonville State after exiting in the second half in the opener versus Louisville. Lawson dominated his lone half of football in 2015.
Tue, Sep 15, 2015 10:48:00 AM

Auburn redshirt sophomore DL Carl Lawson is not playing versus Jacksonville State due to a hip injury.

Lawson dominated his first half against Louisville but missed the second half following the hip injury. It is frustrating, as Lawson is one of the best pass rushers in the country and missed all of the 2014 season with a major knee injury. Auburn faces LSU next week.
Sat, Sep 12, 2015 12:32:00 PM

Auburn redshirt sophomore DL Carl Lawson (hip) walked with the aid of crutches after Friday's practice.

According to reporter Brandon Marcello, Lawson "was not relying on the crutches to fully support his 6-foot-2 257-pound frame, but he was using them as he walked with a slight limp to the team bus." The redshirt sophomore DL recorded four tackles and a sack in the first half of Saturday's win over Louisville before a right hip flexor sidelined him. HC Gus Malzahn has said that he expects Lawson to play against Jacksonville State on Saturday, so this could just be a precaution. Still, it wouldn't be a surprise if he plays a limited amount. Auburn faces a much bigger test against LSU in Death Valley a week from now. They will surely want Lawson as close to 100% for that contest.
Fri, Sep 11, 2015 06:44:00 PM

Auburn redshirt sophomore DL Carl Lawson is expected to play against Jacksonville State despite missing the second half against Louisville.

Lawson was on a tear against Louisville, consistently creating disruption on the edge and the interior, before exiting with a hip injury. We can only expect he does the same to Jacksonville State. Lawson missed the entire 2014 season due to an ACL tear.
Wed, Sep 9, 2015 01:14:00 PM

Auburn redshirt sophomore edge rusher Carl Lawson recorded two tackles for loss, including one sack, in the school's 31-24 win over Louisville.

Most impressively, both were recorded in the first half, as Lawson missed the final two quarters due to a hip injury. Lawson missed all of 2014 due to a knee injury but is already one of the stars among a talented front seven for Auburn. Lawson was able to win and control blockers on the outside and the inside versus the Cardinals.
Tue, Sep 8, 2015 11:38:00 AM