Auburn, Ala.--On the strength of his six-tackle, two-sack performance in Auburn's win over the Ole Miss Rebels, freshman defensive end Carl Lawson has been named the SEC Freshman of the Week.
Finishing with three and a half tackles for loss on the night, part of 14 in the game for the Tigers, Lawson helped Auburn defeat a ranked team for the first time since the 2011 season. He said while that is big, he just wanted to do his part.
“I’m just a freshman," Lawson said. "I’m just happy we got the win and glad that I got out there and made some plays.”
On the night Auburn's defense registered six sacks, the most since getting 11 against Alabama in 2005. The 14 tackles for loss were the most since 2004 for the Tigers. Much of the reason for that was because of the rotation used by Coach Rodney Garner up front.
Rolling his defensive linemen throughout the night to keep them fresh proved to be a big reason why Auburn was able to withstand the onslaught of plays from the Rebels.
It especially paid off at the end of the game as Lawson and Gabe Wright both sacked Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace to secure the victory.
"I felt really fresh out there at the end," Lawson said. "I’m so thankful Coach Garner does that. I was fresh every time I went out there.”
Lawson and the 4-1 Tigers take on Western Carolina from the Southern Conference for homecoming this Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. CDT and will be available on a pay-per-view basis only.
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