Dexter Lawrence to forgo senior year at Clemson to enter NFL Draft

Dexter Lawrence to forgo senior year at Clemson to enter NFL Draft
Clemson's Dexter Lawrence stands with teammates before the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Alabama Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, in Santa Clara, Calif. Lawrence will not play after being tested positive for the same performance-enhancing drugs. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) (Source: Ben Margot)

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Dexter Lawrence will not be returning to Clemson to help the Tigers defend their crown as national champions.

The Tigers junior defensive tackle announced via Twitter that he will be entering the 2019 NFL Draft.

“Clemson has been a true blessing for me these past three years,” Lawrence said on Twitter. “I have accomplished the three things I wanted the most: to grow as a man, to grow spiritually, and to become a better football player. I’m also thankful for all the adversities and storms I went through here at Clemson. It has helped to make me who I am today.”

Lawrence, along with two other Clemson players, was suspended prior to the Cotton Bowl after testing positive for a banned substance. The suspension ultimately kept Lawrence out of the national championship game against Alabama as well.

Lawrence finished the year with 44 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, and one rushing touchdown.

Lawrence is joined by linebacker Tre Lamar as well as defensive back and College Football Playoff National Championship Defensive MVP Trayvon Mullen as Tigers who will forgo their senior year to enter the draft.

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