As for his divorce from UA, Lawrence was one of four players named Wednesday by Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban as having "violated some type of team rule or policy and were not invited back on our team."
Lawrence disputed that account in this report by the Hattiesburg American, saying "That's something that isn't true."
"Well, we had a great offseason, a great spring practice. I liked the attitude of our players, I think we made a lot of improvement. Greg McElroy established himself as a leader on the offensive side of the ball, and that was probably a good thing. Defensively, we were pretty consistent in how we played. Every team that you have coming out of spring, you still have a few issues with. We need to continue to develop our offensive line and probably overall chemistry on offense. The goal is the same: To be a dominant team. But sometimes the motivation is a little bit different. What kind of inspiration they have will be a real key to how successful they can be."
"I think from an image standpoint," Saban said, "and the fact that this year's game's on ESPN, it would have a tremendous national exposure image-building probability for all of us if we had a great showing at the spring game again. I know we have set the standard for what spring games are, and people send us information all the time with all this promotional stuff they're doing to try to beat us on spring game attendance. It's amazing. Like it's an arms race."
"I will watch the game today if I ever get home. I have people to talk to when I get out of there. They're the ones I really want to talk to, incidentally, the recruits that were here. (As opposed to, ya know, reporters) I really want to talk to them. (Smiles) I guess my priorities aren't what they need to be."