It looks like Alabama’s offensive line will have to face one of the most disruptive defensive ends in the country in Shaq Lawson, during the College Football Playoff championship. Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney updated the junior’s status during a Monday afternoon teleconference.
“We’ll get him back out there today,” Swinney said during Monday’s media teleconference. “I think the prognosis is good at this point. I’ve very optimistic that he’ll be able to play.”
Lawson played only two snaps in the Orange Bowl semifinal game against Oklahoma before suffering an MCL sprain that kept him on the sideline for the remainder of the game.
Lawson was named the 2015 ACC Defensive Player of the Year, and leads the Tigers’ defense with 23.5 tackles for loss, including 10.5 sacks. He sacked Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield in the first quarter of the Orange Bowl semifinal last week, before leaving the contest.
If Lawson does play, he will face a tall task as Alabama’s offensive line has given up 20 sacks on the season.