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Lexington Herald-Leader (Sunday) - - Sports - — WIRE SER­VICES

Auburn: Cor­ner­back Jamel Dean says he is skip­ping his se­nior sea­son to en­ter the NFL draft. Dean had 30 tack­les, two in­ter­cep­tions and nine pass breakups as a ju­nior. He’s the sec­ond Auburn player to de­clare for the draft, join­ing quar­ter­back Jar­rett Stid­ham. with Ross on a 42-yard score and with Tee Hig­gins for a one­handed, 19-yard touch­down re­cep­tion — again over Vaughn — with 2 sec­onds left in the sec­ond quar­ter. Lawrence was 13 for 15 for 229 yards in the quar­ter.

That made it 23-3 at half and once again the Fight­ing Ir­ish looked out­classed against the best of the best. Not so dif­fer­ent from the 42-14 loss to Alabama in the 2012 BCS cham­pi­onship game or the 44-28 loss to Ohio State in the 2016 Fiesta Bowl. In fact, Notre Dame is 0-8 in BCS and New Year’s Six games since win­ning the Cot­ton Bowl in 1993.

Though to be fair, Clem­son has been do­ing this to ev­ery­one since Lawrence set­tled in. The Tigers haven’t had an op­po­nent stay within 20 points since a close call against Syra­cuse on Sept. 29.

That was Lawrence’s first game as a starter, one he didn’t fin­ish be­cause of a head in­jury, and Clem­son’s first af­ter quar­ter­back Kelly Bryant left the team.

Bryant, a se­nior, led the Tigers to the play­off last sea­son and a semi­fi­nal loss to Alabama. He was piv­otal in an early vic­tory this sea­son at Texas A&M. But Lawrence is a rare tal­ent, a po­ten­tial first over­all

NFL draft pick. When Lawrence took over, the ceil­ing on Clem­son’s po­ten­tial rose. Now it is be­ing re­al­ized.

With a pow­er­ful arm, quick release, poise in the pocket and sig­na­ture flow­ing blond hair, Lawrence is po­si­tioned to be­come one of col­lege foot­ball’s big­gest stars. It will help to have re­ceivers such as Ross, Hig­gins and Amari Rogers, all un­der­class­men. And a run­ner like sopho­more Travis Eti­enne, who broke a 62-yard touch­down run in the third quar­ter.

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