Auburn's Carl Lawson knows how to apply the pressure on SEC quarterbacks
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. ― Carl Lawson says he isn't looking at his preseason honors, says he's not paying attention to all the praise directed his way by his coaches.
The Auburn defender says he's more concerned about performing this season, in proving himself again, after missing last season following knee surgery.
Lawson, who was described as "unblockable" by coach Gus Malzahn during preseason practice, says wants a bounce-back year, not all the accolades.
"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," he says. "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."
But praise has come his way. Malzahn has said he's had a fine preseason. Defensive coordinator Gus Malzahn says "you have to account for him on every snap. The guy plays with a tremendous motor."
He's on the watch lists for the Lombardi Award, Butkus Award and the Bronko Nagurski Award though he didn't play a down last season.
But Lawson says he's more worried about the mistakes he makes in practice.
"If you want to be a good player, that's what you've got to do. And that's what I'm trying to do. I want to be a good player," he said.
Lawson said he's driven by "a love for the game."
"If you play this sport, you've got to have a love for it because of the constant amount of hours and work you put into it. I really do love this game and I really do want to be good."
Lawson says he's rounding back into be game-ready after missing last year.
"I feel good. I feel great. I'm running around and every day is a blessing to get out there because you never know when you last play is," he said.
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine