Former Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson will be able to call himself an NFL player in just over a week’s time, but still appears to have some regrets over his final game, the national championship match against Alabama.
The game was a good one from start to finish and though Alabama ultimately won 45-40, Lawson appeared on The Paul Finebaum Show and expressed that the outcome could have been different if he hadn’t been dealing with a shoulder injury.
“It would have been a lot more different,” Lawson said. “At 50 percent, I was affecting the quarterback a lot, but sometimes I felt like if I pushed it too hard something would happen. If I was 100 percent, the game outcome would have been a little different. Probably would have gotten a couple sacks when they had the long pass plays or I could have gotten there a (step quicker) when they got the pass for a touchdown.”
That isn’t to say that Lawson was wildly ineffective in the game, as he did indeed sack Crimson Tide Jake Coker twice. However, Alabama also played faster for most of the game and drew up some plays that not even the best of opposing defensive coordinators could have anticipated, plus Kenyan Drake’s work on special teams was top notch.
Thus, though Shaq Lawson did give Alabama its due credit for the win while speaking to Finebaum, to say that his not being at 100 percent health for the game swung the result in Alabama’s favor is purely speculative. The Tide were great from top to bottom last season and weren’t going down without a fight, regardless of opponent.
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