CARL LAWSON SUGAR BOWL (PHOTO BY JASON CALDWELL)

Auburn's Carl Lawson "Appreciative And Thankful" For His Time On The Plains

Carl Lawson breaks down his decision to enter the NFL Draft, what his time at Auburn meant to him, and gives his take on the future for the defensive line on the Plains in an interview with Inside the Auburn Tigers.

 Auburn, Ala.--What has been expected since the start of the season became a reality on Wednesday when Auburn redshirt junior defensive end Carl Lawson announced his plans to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

Sitting down with his family and talking with his coaches, Lawson said in the end he felt like it was the right time to make the move.

“I just felt like it was the best decision for me and my family,” Lawson tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. “I have accomplished a lot of the things I wanted to do at Auburn. One of the biggest things for me I was looking for this season was a Coaches All-SEC and that really meant the world to me. That was one my big-time goals.

"I had accomplished the goals that I wanted," he said. "I was able to play in big-time games at Auburn and make big-time plays like the fourth-and-one against Alabama. I was able to play in a national championship and play in the Sugar Bowl. I was very blessed with the opportunity.

“There could have been many more opportunities, but I really feel like this is the time and what was best for me and my family,” he added.

Coming off his most successful season on the Plains when he finished with nine sacks and 13 1/2 tackles for losses, Lawson lived up to his promise following a pair of injury-plagued seasons. He said that was something that made this year even more special for him.

“It was fun to play at a high level and the most important thing for me was just to be able to play with my teammates,” Lawson said. “That was really fun. I appreciate and I’m very thankful for the time I did have at Auburn.”

CARL LAWSON AND MARLON DAVIDSON (PHOTO BY JASON CALDWELL)

Lawson is passing the torch to freshman end Marlon Davidson to lead the Auburn defensive line.

Listing the "Kick 6" win over Alabama as his greatest memory along with playing for the national title against Florida State, Lawson said his time at Auburn is filled with good times, but for him the best thing is the people he met and friends he made.

“The main thing I’ll take away from my time at Auburn are the lessons and the people I got to know,” Lawson said. “The networking that I’ve done here will last me a lifetime. I’ll always be part of the Auburn family and that’s what I take away from Auburn.”

With Lawson and Montravius Adams heading to the NFL and seniors Maurice Swain and Devaroe Lawrence both gone as well, the Tigers will look much different on the defensive line next season. Even without the familiar names and faces Lawson said he expects them to continue to roll under his position coach.

“The future is bright because you’ve got Coach Rodney Garner there and you’ve got talent,” Lawson said. “The future is bright as long as everybody stays healthy and keeps the same mindset.

“I expect a lot out of Marlon Davidson,” he added. “He’s well beyond his years. I feel like he’ll lead that D-Line next year and everybody else will come along as well.”

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