Ole Miss added a high-level player back into its mix with Laremy Tunsil last week.
Now Auburn could a difference-maker to its defense when the Rebels visit Saturday in sophomore end Carl Lawson.
As Ole Miss has with Tunsil, the Tigers are eagerly awaiting Lawson’s arrival. He was a freshman All-American in 2013 but missed last season with a knee injury. He played in Auburn’s season opener but injured his hip and hasn’t played since.
Sounds like rust and conditioning could be issues. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn has stopped short of saying Lawson will definitely play, but his teammates are excited by the possibility of Lawson being available.
“It’s good for us. We’re going to be excited. He’s going to bring some extra juice and intensity that he always brings. It’s going to be good to have a good player like him back out there,” defensive back Jonathan Jones said.
Lawson made a name for himself with a big rookie season, and did most of his damage against Ole Miss. He had 7 1-2 tackles for loss that game, 3 1-2 of them against the Rebels in Auburn’s 30-22 win.
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze addressed Lawson after Wednesday’s practice.
“There’s no question he’s a phenomenal player. Went back and watched two years ago when we played them, and he was a force then as a freshman. I’ve heard their coaching staff say how much of a leader he is. No doubt he’s going to give them a boost being back with them.”