One of the top defensive stars in the country and Clemson (14-0) starting defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence will remain suspended and will not participate in Monday’s College Football Playoff National Championship Game against The Crimson Tide (14-0). After news emerged that the likely NFL bound defensive tackle had tested positive for the banned substance ostarine, Lawrence was suspended from the Tigers semifinal game against Notre Dame. Luckily for Clemson, their defense was still able to prove why they are one of the best defensive units in the country as the Tigers went on to win 30-3.
Lawrence denied knowingly taking the banned substance. In 13 games for the Tigers this season, Lawrence has registered 7 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, 36 tackles, and one interception. With the 6’5″ 340 lb. interior lineman sidelined once again, he will be replaced by senior Albert Huggins who recorded one tackle in the blow out win over the Fighting Irish. What proved to not be a pivotal loss against Notre Dame, could end up costing the Tigers against an Alabama rushing attack led by a three-man stable made up of Damien Harris, Najee Harris, and Josh Jacobs. Huggins will have to bring his A-game if the Tigers plan on slowing down one of the most explosive offenses in the country.