10 most important players in CFB Playoff

9Dexter Lawrence, defensive lineman, Clemson

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

The massive 340-pounder rivals Williams as the best interior lineman. Lawrence isn’t as versatile or explosively athletic, but his stout run defense at the 1-technique and ability to collapse the pocket helps the rest of the Tigers’ loaded defensive line cause disruption.

Lawrence’s athleticism for his size really pops out and will help knock Book off his spot, which figures to hinder his characteristic pinpoint accuracy.


Notre Dame running back Dexter Williams has a knack for producing big plays, such as a 97-yard touchdown jaunt at Virginia Tech earlier this year. Lawrence can cause lots of negative plays and force the Irish offense to become one-dimensional.