Auburn, Ala.--The Auburn Tigers talked about the potential for depth playing a big factor on the defensive line this season and so far that has been the case for Rodney Garner’s group. Even with Devaroe Lawrence held out of action against Arkansas State the Tigers had seven different players record a tackle in the game as part of a healthy rotation in the blowout win.
Now preparing to face a talented Texas A&M offense and mobile quarterback Trevor Knight, defensive end Carl Lawson said having guys to rotate in is a blessing for the group and allows them to play full-bore all the time.
“Being able to rotate on the defensive line keeps guys fresh,” Lawson said. “We have a bunch of guys, thanks to Coach G, and everybody can play. That’s a great thing as a unit because you see how Bama did last year, they had so many guys and they were fresh. On third and long they had their edge rushers in the game because they were fresh. It helps a lot when you’ve got a group of guys that can all play and play well.”
Recording his first sack of the season in the win, Lawson continues to provide a strong push for a defense that has already made a habit of pressuring the quarterback through two games. Recording four sacks and eight tackles for losses against the Red Wolves, Auburn got help from some names down the list like Andrew Williams and Derrick Brown in the win. Lawson said seeing guys like that make plays only speaks to the work they’ve put in.
“It makes me smile because every practice is so much harder than the game,” Lawson said. “Seeing the work they’ve gone through and the struggles and the ups and downs, it makes it all worth it. Just seeing my brothers go out there and making plays is one of the best feelings in the world.”
Allowing less than 20 points in each of the first two games this season, Auburn’s defense continues to build confidence with every time on the field. Lawson said that’s huge because of the challenges that are still to come for this group down the schedule, beginning this week.
“Every win is a great win and of course it’s a confidence booster, but after tonight we’ve got to put it behind us and get ready for Texas A&M.”