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Auburn's Carl Lawson joins Lombardi Award watch list
Aug. 25, 2015

Carl Lawson looking for comeback season at Auburn

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala.  Carl Lawson didn't play last season, but that hasn't stopped him from receiving plenty of publicity before the start of the 2015 season.

The Auburn defender was named to the Lombardi Award watch list Tuesday, joining teammates Avery Young and Cassanova McKinzy who were named to the list in July. The Lombardi Award is presented to the top college football lineman who demonstrates "outstanding performance and ability" and "best exemplifies the discipline of Vince Lombardi."

Lawson missed last season as he recovered from knee surgery, but he's ready to go this year for defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, who plans to use Lawson at defensive end and his stand-up Buck position. Muschamp had good things to say about Lawson during a Tiger Talk radio interview Monday night, as he did earlier in fall practice: 

"I think the No. 1 thing is you have a really good edge rusher," Muschamp said. "No. 2, you have a guy on the field who plays with a high motor and affects everybody else… When a guy like that goes out and performs at a high level and is certainly one of our leaders, you're able to take examples of how hard he plays on the film. That says a lot from a coach's standpoint."

Auburn players on preseason watch lists:

Lombardi Award
(top lineman)
Cassanova McKinzy
Avery Young
Carl Lawson

Davey O'Brien Award
(top quarterback)
Jeremy Johnson

Butkus Award
(top linebacker)
Cassanova McKinzy
Kris Frost
Carl Lawson

Walter Camp Award
(top player)
Duke Williams

Bronko Nagurski Award
(top defensive player)
Cassanova McKinzy
Carl Lawson
Jonathan Jones

Maxwell Award
(top college player)
Jeremy Johnson
Duke Williams

Jim Thorpe Award
(best defensive back)
Jonathan Jones

Outland Trophy
(top interior lineman)
Avery Young
Alex Kozan

(top defensive performance/character)
Jonathan Jones

Bobby Dodd Trophy
(best coach)
Gus Malzahn

Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at Follow him on Twitter



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