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Has Auburn found someone better than Dee Ford?

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With Auburn’s spring game on tap for this coming weekend, have the defending SEC champions already found a replacement for Dee Ford, one of the top defensive players in the country last season? With Ford off to the NFL, Carl Lawson has stepped in to fill some big shoes this spring, and he is winning the respect of his teammates in the process.

“Carl’s a physical beast,” defensive tackle Gabe Wright said to Al.com. “Carl is definitely showing some traits on that left side, looking almost as good or better than Dee.”

Better than Dee?

Ford was named First-team All-SEC in 2013 who recorded 14.5 tackles for a loss and 10.5 sacks in helping to get Auburn to the BCS Championship Game. He finished the 2013 season second in the SEC in sacks per game despite missing the first two games of the season due to a left knee sprain. Can Lawson be better than that? He is certainly showing he has the work ethic to clear the bar. As a true freshman last season Lawson won playing time as the season progressed as he was named to multiple Freshman All-America lists at the end of the year. As good as he was, even Lawson believes he could have been better last season, and that thought should send fear down the spines of opposing offensive linemen and quarterbacks in the fall.

“I feel like now that I have more of an understanding of what I’m doing, I can coach (the rest of the line) up,” Lawson said to Al.com. “The older guys, too, they coach me up as well. I guess there’s nobody in particular I lean on. We all lean on each other.”

Time will tell just how much of an impact Lawson has on the Auburn defense in 2014, but this Saturday could provide a glimpse of what is to come as the Tigers wrap up spring practices with the annual spring game.

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8 Responses to “Has Auburn found someone better than Dee Ford?”
  1. normtide says: Apr 14, 2014 12:48 PM

    For as long as I can remember, every great Auburn team has had a dominant d-lineman. Seriously, look it up.

  2. musiccitymiracle2 says: Apr 14, 2014 1:05 PM

    I do know that Lawson made one heck of a play on that ill-fated 4th Alabama call. If he doesn’t wrap up and make the stop, Alabama wins the Iron Bowl and the SEC.

    Looking forward to a bigger role if 2014…

  3. musiccitymiracle2 says: Apr 14, 2014 1:42 PM

    that should read “ill-fated fourth quarter fourth-and-one Alabama run play.

  4. ebrownwareagle says: Apr 14, 2014 1:58 PM

    @normtide

    You are right. We have. KUDOS for the Respect.

  5. normtide says: Apr 14, 2014 3:47 PM

    Ebrown, the truth is the truth, regardless of who I root for. I TRY to avoid the useless trashing between our two fan bases. Not a single game has been won by it. I actually think the two programs make each other better, neither can rest on its laurels. All that said, I hope we beat you this year, and I understand you hope the opposite. Nothing wrong in that. On Apr 14, 2014 12:58 PM, “CollegeFootballTalk” wrote:

    > ebrownwareagle commented: “@normtide You are right. We have. KUDOS for > the Respect.”

  6. ebrownwareagle says: Apr 14, 2014 9:20 PM

    @normtide

    MUCH RESPECT! For the record my wife would tell You; I root For WAR EAGLE/BAMA/UGA EVERY YEAR TO BE Undefeated going into the Last 2 weeks of the Season. Y? So the Auburn/GA Game would mean something and the AU/BAMA game to mean something as well. Kinda like this year were there was SEC/National Championship contentions on the line! I would assume that you would agree that the game between us this year had more on the line than any other AU/BAMA game. And possibly more excitement. At least in my life time. With that being said GOOD LUCK this season!

    WAR EAGLE!

  7. normtide says: Apr 14, 2014 9:56 PM

    I sort of agree, only because the three games before also had national title implications. That atmosphere was what put the nail on the win for y’all. I say that taking away nothing from how Auburn played in the field. Auburn fans exercised a lot of demons that night. From the trees to the prior two iron bowls being slightly ugly. That’s why I don’t question Saban going for the field goal. OT in that stadium, on that night. Daunting to say the least.

    I’ve been watching the Iron Bowl long enough to know you can’t predict the narrative. Just look at the 09 game. Auburn was supposed to be over matched, but took it to the wire. But, I must say I like the looks of future games. A great offensive mind versus a great defensive mind, added to the fact that it’s the greatest rivalry in sports.

    Best of luck and Roll Tide, my friend.

  8. auburntigers34 says: Apr 14, 2014 11:53 PM

    Norm’s an objective fan.

    Going into the game last year, i honestly thought that it was over-hyped and that nothing could match the 89 Iron Bowl(as far as what was riding on the outcome of the game and the atmosphere goes).

    I was wrong.

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