Giants Rookie Lawrence Likely Would've Been Suspended For Season If He Had Stayed At Clemson

May 24, 2019 - 11:11 am

By and The Associated Press

If Giants first-round draft pick Dexter Lawrence hadn't turned pro, he likely would've been suspended for his senior season at Clemson.

An NCAA panel ruled this week that Tigers tight end Braden Galloway and offensive lineman Zach Giella will miss next season after the school's appeal of their PED suspensions was rejected. 

Galloway, Giella and Lawrence were suspended last season for Clemson's College Football Playoff, including the national championship win over Alabama, after testing positive for the banned substance ostarine, which is used to build muscle mass.

Dexter Lawrence
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Lawrence, a defensive tackle, left college after his junior year to enter the NFL draft. The Giants selected him with the 17th overall pick.

All three players have denied knowingly taking the banned substance ostarine.

Clemson issued a statement that it was disappointed in the ruling and continues "to believe our student-athletes did not knowingly ingest any banned substances."