Alabama defeated Clemson 45-40 in the second-ever College Football Playoff National Championship in January, but one key former Clemson player thinks the status of his knee could have potentially changed the final score.
“If I was 100 percent, the game outcome would have been a little different,” former Clemson All-American defensive end Shaq Lawson said on the Paul Finebaum Show Monday.
Lawson didn’t last a quarter after injuring his knee early in Clemson’s College Football Playoff Semifinal win over Oklahoma 11 days before the Tigers faced the Crimson Tide in the championship game. Lawson recovered in time to start against Alabama, although he wore a knee brace.
The NFL prospect led the Tigers and was tied for fifth in the nation with 12.5 sacks last season. He had two sacks and four tackles in the Crimson Tide’s victory.
Clemson fans can only wonder what could have been, while Alabama fans certainly won’t care about Lawson’s what-ifs.