Lawson named an ESPN ACC Defensive POTY Candidate

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Pos: DE   Height: 6-3   Weight: 272   Hometown: Central, SC (Daniel HS)  
Years Played: 2013 - 2015

Clemson junior defensive end Shaq LawsonShaq Lawson
So. Defensive End
#90 6-3, 269
Central, SC

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was named on Thursday as one of ESPN's five ACC defensive player of the year candidates for the 2015 season.

"The Tigers need players on the defensive line to elevate their performance with the mass departures along the unit, and most eyes are shifted toward Lawson," ESPN said. "His snaps were limited as a sophomore as the Tigers were loaded on the defensive front, but now Lawson becomes the focal point of a group that finished seventh nationally in sacks last season. The 6-foot-3, 275-pound junior is gifted, and he's made himself a presence in opposing backfields during his short time at Clemson."

Lawson had 34 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks last year. He has 79 tackles, 21 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks in 26 career games at Clemson.

The other four ACC defensive player of the year candidates were Virginia's Quin Blanding, Virginia Tech's Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech's Dadi Nicholas and Florida State's Jalen Ramsey.

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