Auburn gave up 485 total yards of offense in its 45-21 defeat to LSU on Saturday.
There were many reasons why Auburn’s defense struggled, but part of the issue can be attributed to the absence of sophomore defensive end Carl Lawson.
Gus Malzahn said he was “hopeful” Lawson would return this season after the LSU loss.
Lawson missed the past two games with a hip injury he suffered in the first half of Auburn’s opening game against Louisville. The junior was effective in that half picking up a sack and two tackles for a loss, but he has been on crutches the past two weeks.
Lawson, a former five-star recruit, missed all of last season with an ACL injury.
He cannot cure all of Auburn’s defensive issues, but it will be harder for Auburn to improve without one its most talented players.
Gus Malzahn said he's "hopeful" Carl Lawson returns this season
— Bryan Matthews (@BMattAU) September 19, 2015