Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says he is confident All-American Shaq Lawson will play in the national title game against Alabama after the defensive end missed most of the Tigers' semifinal victory with a knee injury.

Lawson leads the Tigers (14-0) with 10 1/2 sacks and is tops in the country with 23 1/2 tackles for loss. The junior sprained his left knee in the first quarter of Clemson's 37-17 victory against Oklahoma on Thursday and hardly played the rest of the game.

Swinney said Monday during a teleconference Lawson was progressing and should be ready to go when the top-ranked Tigers face No. 2 Alabama on Monday.

Also, Alabama coach Nick Saban says cornerback Tony Brown remains suspended after he was sent home the Cotton Bowl for a violation of team rules.


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