Despite playing just two seasons in the major college ranks and for the Broncos, Lawrence managed to etch his name into the school and league record books. His 20 sacks rank sixth in Mountain West Conference annals and tied for seventh on the BSU chart. He also placed 14th in school history with 34.0 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. As a junior, he set the league record with 20.5 stops-for-loss and his 10.5 sacks in 2013 rank fifth on both the BSU and MWC lists.
Lawrence was not considered to be a top-level recruit during his time playing on the defensive line at Silver Bluff High School. The Class AA All-Region choice led the Bulldogs to a 9-3 record during his senior season. He also starred on the basketball team, helping them compile a 17-5 record during his final campaign.
Looking for an opportunity to play in the major college ranks, and needing to establish his academic standing, Lawrence ventured from Aiken, South Carolina to Kansas, enrolling at junior college powerhouse Butler College for the 2010 season.
Lawrence emerged the following season, earning All-American honors at the El Dorado, Kansas school. He helped the team rank second in the final junior college national polls, as he delivered 72 tackles that included 12 sacks, 19 stops behind the line of scrimmage and four fumble recoveries.
Signing on at Boise State for the 2012 season, Lawrence started all 11 games that he suited up for, missing two contests due to a team rules violation. He finished fifth on the squad with 48 tackles, leading the Broncos and conference with 9.5 sacks, as he also paced the league with 13.5 stops-for-loss to earn All-Mountain West Conference first-team accolades.
Lawrence earned All-American second-team and All-Mountain West Conference first-team honors in 2013. He started 12 times at weak-side defensive end, but missed the early season clash vs. Tennessee-Martin due to disciplinary reasons. He still went on to lead the league and rank third nationally with 20.5 stops-for-loss, thanks to pacing the MWC and ranking 10th in the FBS with 10.5 sacks. He blocked a pair of kicks and finished third on the team with 72 tackles (39 solos) while causing three fumbles.
The native of Aiken, South Carolina possesses good speed off the edge and was used in a variety of roles with the Broncos, lining up at virtually every position along the defensive line during his stay in Boise. He has demonstrated that he has enough quickness to cross the face of would-be blockers and has strong, active hands to swim over the top or rip through their attempts to control him.
Lawrence also demonstrates the fluidity and straight-line speed necessary for playing outside linebacker. He projects as a “Leo” defensive end in the 4-3 alignment, the scheme in which he starred the past two seasons with the Broncos, but with his speed and pass coverage skills, he is also an inviting prospect for teams utilizing the Cover-2 3-4 defensive alignment.
For his entire college career, Lawrence started all 34 games he appeared in, recording 192 tackles (113 solos) with 32.0 sacks for minus 190 yards, 53.0 stops for losses of 234 yards, six fumble recoveries, eight forced fumbles, four pass deflections and an interception…He started 23 of those contests at Boise State, where he made 120 tackles (63 solos), along with posting 20 sacks (minus 136 yards), 34.0 stops behind the line of scrimmage (181 yards), three QB pressures, a pass deflection, one pass theft, seven forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries, advancing one 25 yards for a touchdown…Mountain West Conference Career-Record Results…Lawrence ranks sixth in league annals with 20 sacks from his BSU days, topped by Jan Jorgensen of Brigham Young (28.5; 2006-09), Jerry Hughes of Texas Christian (28.5; 2006-09), John Fletcher of Wyoming (24.0; 2005-09), Michael Tuohy of New Mexico )20.5; 2004-07) and Chase Ortiz of Texas Christian (20.5; 2005-07)…Boise State Career-Record Results…His 20 sacks tied Durelle Goodloe (1989-92) for seventh place on the Boise State chart.
Lawrence earned All-American second-team honors from Walter Camp and for the second consecutive season, he garnered All-Mountain West Conference first-team accolades
Started 12 games at weak-side defensive end, as he finished third on the team with 72 tackles (39 solos), causing three fumbles as he registered one quarterback pressure and deflected a pass…Led the league and ranked 10th in the nation while placing fifth in the league and team season-record books with 10.5 sacks for minus 75 yards…Also led the MWC and ranked third nationally with a conference annual record 20.5 stops for losses of 103 yards…Lawrence had sacks in six-consecutive games before San Diego State, as he recorded 9.5 during the streak…Posted a career-high 3.5 sacks vs. Nevada, which is tied for the fourth-most in a single game in the NCAA in 2013. His 3.5 sacks equated to 29 lost yards for the Wolf Pack, and are the most by a Bronco since Chris Wing had four sacks vs. Portland State in 1996. He was named MWC Player of the Week for that performance, as he also posted seven tackles vs. the Pack while the Broncos had six sacks and 10 tackles-for-loss vs. Nevada...Blocked two field goals vs. Southern Mississippi, the first Bronco to block two in the same game since Daryn Colledge blocked two vs. Hawaii in 2005…Made five unassisted tackles including two for a loss of six yards vs. Air Force on the way to picking up MWC Player of the Week recognition. One of Lawrence's tackles for loss came with Boise State leading 28-17 in the fourth quarter and Air Force at the Broncos' 3-yard line…Had 1.5 sacks and six hits vs. Washington, adding 1.5 sacks in each of the Utah State and Brigham Young clashes…Two of his four hits vs. Colorado State were sacks…Totaled three sacks and six tackles vs. San Diego State and closed out his career with five solo tackles and a 5-yard sack vs. Oregon State in the Hawaii Bowl.
Lawrence started 11 games at weak-side defensive end during his first season with the Broncos, earning All-Mountain West Conference first-team honors…Recorded 48 tackles (24 solos) as he led the team and league with 9.5 sacks for minus 61 yards and 13.5 stops for losses of 78 yards…Intercepted a pass, recovered two fumbles, advancing one 25 yards for a touchdown vs. Hawaii and caused four fumbles…His four forced fumbles ranked tied for eighth nationally...Had an 8-yard interception return vs. Colorado State and recovered two fumbles, returning one 25 yards for a touchdown vs. Hawaii…Recorded the Broncos' only blocked kick of the season vs. Wyoming and had two quarterback hurries vs. Michigan State, as he posted a season-high nine tackles vs. the Spartans...Credited with 2.5 stops-for-loss vs. San Diego State and was in on a season-high 2.5 sacks vs. Miami (Ohio).
Lawrence attended Butler (El Dorado, Kan.) Community College, where he red-shirted in 2010 and earned first-team J.C. Gridwire and second-team NJCAA All-American honors in 2011…That season, the team won the Jayhawk Conference and Region IV Championships, and finished the year ranked second in the final national poll...Was named first-team All- Jayhawk Conference, finishing with 72 tackles (50 solos), the second-most on the team, as he also registered 12 sacks for minus 54 yards and 19.0 stops for losses totaling 53 yards…Recovered four fumbles, returning one 11 yards for a touchdown while playing for head coach Troy Morrell…Was rated 38th on the Rivals.com JUCO Top 50 list…After the season, Lawrence signed with Boise State in December 2011, and enrolled in time to participate in 2012 spring practice.
4.80 in the 40-yard dash…1.68 10-yard dash…2.80 20-yard dash…4.31 20-yard shuttle…7.46 three-cone drill…34 Â½-inch vertical jump…9'-5” broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 20 times…33 Â¾-inch arm length…11-inch hands…81-inch wingspan.
Lawrence attended Silver Bluff (S.C.) High School, lettering in football and basketball…The Class AA All-Region choice led the Bulldogs to a 9-3 record during his senior season and helped the basketball team compile a 17-5 record during his final campaign.
Lawrence is majoring in Communications…Resides in Aiken, South Carolina.