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Swinney confident star DE Lawson will play vs Alabama

6 years 5 months 3 weeks ago Monday, January 04 2016 Jan 4, 2016 January 04, 2016 12:25 PM January 04, 2016 in Sports
Source: Associated Press

CLEMSON, S. C. - Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says he is confident All-American Shaq Lawson will play in the national title game against Alabama after the defensive end missed most of the Tigers' semifinal victory with a knee injury.

Lawson leads the Tigers (14-0) with 10 1/2 sacks and is tops in the country with 23 1/2 tackles for loss. The junior sprained his left knee in the first quarter of Clemson's 37-17 victory against Oklahoma on Thursday and hardly played the rest of the game.

Swinney said Monday during a teleconference Lawson was progressing and should be ready to go when the top-ranked Tigers face No. 2 Alabama on Monday.

Also, Alabama coach Nick Saban says cornerback Tony Brown remains suspended after he was sent home the Cotton Bowl for a violation of team rules.

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