Is Shaq Lawson Playing in Tonight’s Championship vs. Alabama?

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If Clemson is going to pull the upset and defeat Alabama, they could use the help of Shaq Lawson. The All-American defensive end is dealing with a knee injury, but it is looking good for him to play in tonight’s game.

Lawson is a game-time decision for tonight’s championship showdown. When asked earlier this week, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney told media, “We expect him to play.”

Lawson went to the locker room early during Clemson’s semifinal game against Oklahoma, and did not return. He has been diagnosed with a sprained MCL in his left knee, and his status is uncertain.

For Lawson, aggravating his injury could impact his future. He is projected as a first-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft, along with fellow Clemson defender Mackenzie Alexander.

Lawson had an outstanding season, and finished the season with a team-high 11 sacks. He was also named a finalist for the Bronco Nagurski Award, given to the nation’s best defensive player. He lost the award to Temple’s Tyler Matakevich. Two days before the awards were presented, Lawson announced that he would skip his final year of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft.