It’s almost time to start counting hours instead of days before the College Football Playoff championship game kicks off. Still one of the bigger questions leading up to Monday’s 8:30 p.m. ET start: Will Clemson pass-rusher Shaq Lawson be healthy enough to lace up his cleats?
“We expect him (Lawson) to play,” Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said on Sunday, according to the university. “He looked good yesterday.”
Lawson finished third in the ACC with 10.5 sacks and was best in the conference with 23.5 tackles for loss. He is a force to be reckoned with on Clemson’s defense and an absolute boon to the Tigers’ plans to upset Alabama for their first national title since 1981.
During Saturday’s session with the players, Lawson said he was 60 percent healthy after a knee sprain in the Orange Bowl left the star hobbled. But he also said there was “a good chance” he’d play.
That was a definite upgrade from Monday, when Lawson told SEC Country: “I’ll say if we played tomorrow, I couldn’t be able to play — that’s how I feel right now.”
It appears as the teams crawl toward Monday’s endeavor, Lawson is progressing. How well he’ll be for the national championship game still seems up in the air.