AUBURN, Ala. — After a couple of injury-hampered seasons and a slow start in the stat sheets in 2016, Auburn defensive end Carl Lawson is starting to produce at a level worthy of an All-SEC candidate.
On Monday, the SEC named Lawson its Defensive Lineman of the Week for his performance in Auburn’s 38-14 win over Mississippi State.
Lawson had 3 tackles and 2 sacks in the victory, marking the second straight SEC game in which he has recorded a pair of quarterback takedowns.
On one of his sacks, Lawson forced a fumble from Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald that teammate Montravius Adams scooped up for a 13-yard defensive touchdown.
“Every week our defense has done something that’s the sign of a big-time defense,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said of Lawson’s strip-sack. “Every week they’ve answered the bell.”
The junior from Georgia now has 6 sacks through six games this season, which is more than he had in his first two seasons at Auburn combined.
Lawson is currently tied with South Carolina’s Darius English for the second-most sacks in the SEC behind LSU’s Arden Key. His 6 sacks are good enough for seventh in the FBS.
This is the first weekly conference award for Lawson, who has recorded 5 of his 6 sacks in Auburn’s last three games.