Lawrence "Can't Wait" To Play for the Tigers

Junior college defensive line commitment Devaroe Lawrence talks about his Iron Bowl experience and getting his Auburn playing days started.

Milledgeville, Ga.--For junior college defensive line commitment Devaroe Lawrence this season only confirms what he already knew. Believing in Coach Gus Malzahn, defensive line coach Rodney Garner and the rest of the Auburn's new coaching staff, Lawrence committed to the Tigers based on faith of what he expected they would do in rebuilding the program.

Now 12 games into the season his decision has been backed up by a team that continues to find a way to make plays in the biggest of situations. That was never more evident than Saturday night.

Facing No. 1 Alabama in a game many said the Tigers couldn't win, Auburn took it to the Crimson Tide from the opening whistle until the last second ticked off the clock. It just so happened that final second was the biggest of the game as Chris Davis returned a missed field goal 109 yards for a touchdown and a 34-28 win. In the middle of the celebration, Lawrence says he's never seen anything like it.

"That was real crazy," the 6-3, 278 Lawrence tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I'm talking about unbelievable, but I said Auburn was going to win. When they went down 14 I still had faith in them and they came on back. That play they ran when Nick Marshall ran the read-option, the corner came up on him and he threw the pass. It was a touchdown. That was crazy."

Excited about the way the defense is playing under coordinator Ellis Johnson and also the rotation on the defensive line being employed by Garner with as many as a dozen players seeing action in a game, Lawrence says while those things are important it has been more about the effort and passion he's seen from the guys on the field.

"What I have seen is the relentless effort to not quit," Lawrence notes. "They want it. They're hungry, and they're still hungry. The hunger, it's the fight in them."

With three years to play for the Tigers following a redshirt season in 2012, Lawrence could be an impact guy for Auburn's defensive line in the years to come. Getting the opportunity to learn from Gabe Wright, Angelo Blackson and Ben Bradley with big Jeffrey Whitaker also returning, Lawrence says he can't wait to get to Auburn next summer and get started.

"We're winners," Lawrence says of the Tigers. "I'll be here next year. I can't wait to play in this game. I committed before it started. I'm so ready. I can't wait."


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