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Defensive lineman Carl Lawson returning to Auburn for 2016 season

Michael Niziolek

mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com

Auburn defensive lineman Carl Lawson rushes Idaho quarterback Matt Linehan Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015 at Jordan-Hare Stadium. (Michael Niziolek | Ledger-Enquirer.com)
Auburn defensive lineman Carl Lawson rushes Idaho quarterback Matt Linehan Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015 at Jordan-Hare Stadium. (Michael Niziolek | Ledger-Enquirer.com) Michael Niziolek | Ledger-Enquirer.com

Carl Lawson had a little fun announcing he intends to return to Auburn for the 2016 season.

The redshirt sophomore tweeted out a trio of pictures Wednesday from a scene in the movie “Wolf of Wall Street” that features Leonardo Dicaprio’s character Jordan Belfort announcing he is staying at his firm.

“You know what? I’m not leaving,” Belfort tells his employees. “The show goes on. This is my home!”

While the scene features some colorful and theatrics, Lawson’s accompanying message with the tweet was more appropriate for his situation.

“#WarEagle #2016-17,” Lawson said.

Lawson finished the season with 17 tackles (five solo) with three tackles for a loss, a sack and 11 quarterback hurries.

The 6-foot-2, 257-pounder injured his hip in the first half of the season-opener against Louisville and missed the next six games. He returned at the end of October for Auburn’s conference matchup against Ole Miss in an emotional return to Jordan-Hare Stadium.

“It meant the world to me to get my first start at Jordan-Hare, to be on that grass, to be with my teammates,” Lawson said. “I’m blessed to be an Auburn Tiger.”

A torn ACL forced Lawson to miss the entire 2014 season, so it was his first time playing in Auburn’s stadium since December 2013

Lawson’s announcement came on the same day his now former teammate Shon Coleman revealed his plans to enter the NFL Draft. Coleman is projected as a first or second round pick by NFLdraftscout.com.

Michael Niziolek covers Auburn football for the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Email him at mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com or follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+

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