Auburn’s Carl Lawson on hype: ‘I haven’t proven anything’

Auburn Tigers sophomore defensive lineman Carl Lawson has turned a lot of heads this offseason, but he isn’t buying into the hype. Speaking to Brandon Marcello of AL.com, Lawson said he was just focused on playing the game and not letting himself get caught up in his praises being sung.

“I don’t really care about any of stuff because I haven’t played a game in a year and I haven’t proven anything,” Lawson said. “When I get praised for doing stuff on the field, finally that’s when I’ll feel good about that stuff. Other than that, I just need to get better. Every mistake I do and everything I do on the field I see as a chance to get better. I don’t take any praise from anything.”

“I’m really excited to get back out there and test myself,” Lawson said. “The praise doesn’t need to be praised. The mistakes are what need to be talked about.”

Lawson sat out all of last season recovering from a knee injury he suffered during the SEC Championship Game in which Auburn beat Missouri to punch a ticket to the BCS National Championship Game, which the Tigers lost to Florida State. Since that title game, he has undergone surgery and has not played in a single game.

But that doesn’t take away from the fact that Lawson is looking as though he was never injured. He posted 20 tackles (7.5 for a loss), four sacks and two forced fumbles his freshman year and if how he has performed in camp is any indication, Auburn’s defense could have an extra bounce in its step when the Tigers open the season against Louisville in Atlanta on September 5.

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