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WATCH: Dexter Lawrence reacts to his first career rushing touchdown


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Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence spoke to the media following his team's 77-16 blowout win against Louisville on Saturday.

Lawrence talked about his two-yard touchdown which was the first rushing score of his career.

"I knew it was coming," he said about the scoring chance. "Last week, Christian (Wilkins) got his score and I was complaining to Coach Swinney all week so he told me I was going to get my opportunity. I tried to take advantage of it. I was staring at Trevor (Lawrence) in his eye trying to get the call and praying it was my call. I just wanted to get in there. I tried to do my dance but Christian wouldn't let me. He grabbed me too quick."

On his touchdown run:

“We’ve practiced it a couple of times. I tried to take advantage of my opportunity. ‘I’m a natural running back’ is what I tell myself. I stopped playing [running back] in high school, so ever since then, I was a running back. I know what to do with the ball a little bit.”

On the decision to let him have the carry vs. Christian Wilkins:

“Christian tried to [get the play call], but Coach Swinney told him that it was my time to shine. I also told him, ‘Christian can’t score again until I get the ball,’ so that’s how that went down.”

On his run vs. Christian’s against Florida State:

“I had a little more traffic to go through. I created a good hole for Christian to come through, so it was a little easier for him...it was a walk-in for him. I had it a little tough. It was a tough run right there.”

Clemson defenders Kendall Joseph and Isaiah Simmons were also available for post-game interviews:

On the pick-six:

“I felt like I was due for one, so when the time came, I made the play. It was a great feeling. I just took advantage of the opportunity to the fullest.”

On the defense as a whole:

“It looked like the defensive line had a lot of fun today. We always want to be physical and disrupt the quarterback’s timing as much as we can. Whether it’s coming for a corner blitz, safety blitz, or nickel blitz, we always want to show a lot of pressure and make sure to disrupt things.”

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