Gus Malzahn: DE Carl Lawson is ‘back to 100 percent’

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There is some good news for Auburn Tigers fans and the team’s defense.

According to head coach Gus Malzahn, defensive end Carl Lawson is “back to 100 percent” after undergoing knee surgery last season to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).

“Carl did everything but the actual live tackling,” Malzahn said, via AL.com. “I really believe he’s back to 100 percent.

“He’s like a breath of fresh air. It was extremely challenging to play without him last year. He’s an impact player, one of the better defensive players in the entire country and when you don’t have him, it’s tough. Now that we have him back, it’s a good thing, and he’s a leader too.”

Lawson missed the 2014 season which had a direct impact on the Auburn defense.

The Tigers struggled to get consistent pressure on the quarterback, but now they will have the talented pass rusher, who recorded four sacks during his freshman year, back in the fold.

Lawson will be put in position to make plenty of plays in Will Muschamp’s new system, so it will be interesting to see how he comes out and performs after spending a year on the sidelines.

If Malzahn’s comments are any indication, there is reason for excitement in Auburn.

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*Featured Photo (above) credit to Julie Bennett/jbennett@al.com

CAMPUSSPORTS Writer
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Josh studied journalism at Seton Hill University. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Campus Sports. Josh is currently a member of the FWAA and USBWA. His work has been featured on Sports Illustrated, ESPN.com, FOXSports.com, CBSSports.com and many others.
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