Auburn defensive end Carl Lawson was made available to the media following the Tigers' practice on Tuesday, and for the most part, his Q&A session was what you'd expect. He talked openly about his recovery from knee surgery, his excitement over getting back on the field, and the recent praise from head coach Gus Malzahn, who called him "unblockable" following scrimmage.
When the topic of Auburn's season-opener against Louisville was brought up, Lawson had far less to say.
I'm not really sure I understand the motivation here.
Is Lawson just making sure he doesn't say something inflammatory? Is he making a dig at Louisville? Is he simply taking every precaution to possible to ensure that he doesn't give away something about his team's game plan? Whatever the reason, it was the first really bizarre moment in the buildup to this Sept. 5 game.
Lawson was a Sporting News Freshman All-American in 2013, when he notched 20 total tackles and 7.5 tackles for loss as a true frosh on Auburn's national runner-up squad. He was a preseason All-SEC selection a year ago before knee surgery postponed his return to the field until 2015.