Trevor Laurent and Isaiah Simmons teamed up as two of college football’s top players to lead Clemson to back-to-back national championship games after the 2018 and 2019 seasons. And this weekend the two met in the NFL for the first time.
The Simmons Arizona Cardinals won the 31-19 victory, with the linebacker making six tackles and forcing a fumble. Lawrence completed 22 of 34 passes for 219 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. He also ran 27 yards on six carries.
After the game, the former teammates hugged and swapped shirts.
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It was the first time Simmons played against Lawrence in an action game.
âWe talked about it earlier this season and I was playing with him and I said, ‘Throw me a pickaxe and let me take a bag. “” Simmons said before the match. âHe was like, ‘I understand.’ Me and Trevor are very good friends. I can’t wait to play against him, well, outside of training. He’s a great player and I like a good game. It will be good to play against a friend .
Lawrence said ahead of the game that he was also looking forward to the game.
“He’s a great player” Laurent said. âHe went as eighth overall. He played well in his first two seasons. The only thing about him is that he’s really dynamic. He’s tall, he’s really long, and he’s fast and powerful. He can do anything. He can play on the back, play on the perimeter, fall in the blanket, chase the guys, go a little fast. He can do a little of everything. You just have to keep an eye on him. It’s awesome. Great player.”
Simmons came out after winning the Butkus Award in a 2019 season that saw him play all over the court at several different positions. And after showing off his monster athleticism at the NFL Scouting Combine – at 6-foot-4, 238 pounds, he ran a 4.39-second dash for 40 yards and added a 39-inch vertical jump – the Cardinals took on Simmons with the eighth choice in total. , making him the fourth defensive player selected. Simmons struggled a bit in his rookie year, with COVID-19 costing all players the usual offseason to learn their respective systems, though he still started 7 of 16 games and made 54 tackles, four saves for loss, two sacks, one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovered.
Lawrence still had a year at Clemson to meet NFL draft eligibility standards after Simmons left, and he guided the Tigers to the college football playoffs, where they fell against Ohio State. in the semi-finals. The Jacksonville Jaguars, led by their first-year coach Urban Meyer, chose Lawrence at the top of the overall standings in April.