Clemson may not have had Shaq Lawson for most of its College Football Playoff semifinal, but the star defensive end said he should be back in time for the championship.
After exiting early in the game against Oklahoma, Lawson said he would play in the title game against Alabama.
“I feel great. Just hurt my knee a little bit,” Lawson said. “Nothing too serious. I’ll be ready for the championship.”
The Clemson junior defensive end sustained a left knee injury on Oklahoma’s first drive in the Orange Bowl victory. After returning on the second drive and notching a sack of quarterback Baker Mayfield, Lawson did not play after the first quarter.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said Lawson sprained his medial collateral ligament (MCL), but did not believe the injury was very serious.
“He tried to go back in,” Swinney said after the game.
Lawson leads the nation in tackles for loss and would be a major defensive presence for Clemson’s defense against the Tide in the title game.The junior has already declared for the 2016 NFL Draft and is expected to be a first-round selection.