Friday, May 9, 2014

Demarcus Lawrence Drafted

Boise State defensive end Demarcus Lawrence was drafted today by the Dallas Cowboys, who traded up to get him in the second round of the National Football League Draft.  Lawrence was the 34th overall player chosen (the second player drafted in the second round), and the first player chosen from the Mountain West Conference.  Demarcus will join former Bronco cornerback Orlando Scandrick and Bronco defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford in Dallas.
Lawrence is the 53rd Boise State football player drafted, and the seventh to go in the second round.  Fourteen of those 53 have been selected in the first three rounds, including nine in the last seven years.

Lawrence finished his brief but amazing Bronco career #2, #7 and #12, respectively, in career forced fumbles, sacks and tackles for loss.  Lawrence teamed up with Beau Martin for the seventh-best duo in Bronco history in recording tackles for loss last year.  Lawrence, Martin and Kharyee Marshall rank ninth all-time for the most tackles for a loss by a trio in one season, and Lawrence, Martin, Marshall and Tyler Horn rank ninth in school history for the most tackles for loss by a quartet in a single season.

Lawrence had 120 tackles in two seasons with Boise State to rank 30th in school history among defensive linemen.  He is seventh in career sacks with 20, well short of career record holder Erik Helgeson (54.5), but last season became the first Bronco in ten seasons to record ten sacks in a year.

Lawrence also had 20.5 tackles for loss last year for the Broncos, the most recorded since career record holder Chris Wing had 33 in 1996.

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