With five spring practices down, new Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele has started to make an impact. Junior defensive end Carl Lawson is noticing a difference from last year with Will Muschamp.
“He (Steele) is making us put in the effort without all the screaming and stuff,” Lawson said Thursday, according to the Montgomery Advertiser’s Matthew Stevens.
Steele brings a different demeanor than the fiery Muschamp, who is now the head coach at South Carolina. Whether the results will be better than last season remains to be seen, but so far Lawson thinks Steele’s coaching style is good for the team.
“Everybody responds well to it,” Lawson said.
Lawson surprised some when he decided to return to school after last season, when he missed seven games with a hip injury. He is arguably Auburn’s best pass-rushing threat and he wants to prove he can bounce back in 2016.
The defensive end also told reporters he never felt 100 percent after returning from his injury last season. A healthy Lawson will certainly be an asset for Steele and Auburn this year as the Tigers aim to improve on last season’s 7-6 finish.
“It does feel different, Lawson said, according to the Opelika-Auburn News’ Tom Green. “A lot more energy. A lot more leadership.”