Lawson on title game: "It would have been different" with healthy knee

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Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Former Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson was on the Paul Finebaum Show on Monday and discussed Alabama's 45-40 National title game victory in which Lawson was only 50% healthy despite finishing the game with four tackles and two sacks.

"It would have been a lot more different," Lawson said. "At 50 percent I was affecting the quarterback a lot but sometimes I felt like if I pushed it too hard something would happen. If I was 100 percent the game outcome would have been a little different. Probably would have gotten a couple sacks when they had the long pass plays or I could have gotten there a (step quicker) when they got the pass for a touchdown."

Lawson thought that the national media believed it was a foregone conclusion that Alabama would easily beat Clemson.

"A lot of people hyped Alabama and they are a very good team, but people (thought) we weren't going to hang with those guys," Lawson said. "We came out and played our hearts out. Those guys are great, but they thought we weren't going to hang with Alabama at all. We played our game; we fought to the end. Alabama was the better team on that night."

He finished the season with 86 tackles, 25.5 tackles for loss (first in the nation), 12.5 sacks and 15 quarterback hurries.

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