58  Lester Lawson
Lester Lawson

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Memphis, TN

High School:
Germantown HS

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 270

Position:
DL

Birthdate:
03/24/1988

Experience:
2L


Career & 2010 Highlights:


Lettered three seasons for the Tiger defense...Has worked some at both linebacker and on the defensive line during his career...Played in 12 games in 2008, with starts against Ole Miss and Marshall at outside linebacker...Logged 21 tackles, including two sacks in 2008...Also forced a fumble against East Carolina...Saw action in 12 games and posted four tackles and a sack in 2008...Had his most productive season as a senior, registering 25 tackles in 12 games...Started the final four games of his career on the defensive line.

2009:


Played in all 12 games as a member of the defensive line...Totaled four tackles with three solo stops, one TFL for a loss of three yards, a sack for a loss of three yards and a pass breakup...Participated on the D-line in the season opener against Ole Miss...Made his first tackle of the season on an assisted stop against UTEP for no gain...Logged a season-high two solo tackles against UAB...Registered his first career pass breakup against Houston...Sacked Tulsa QB G.J. Kinne for a loss of three yards for his lone tackle against the Golden Hurricane.

2008:


Saw action in 12 of 13 games with two starts at left outside linebacker...Started against Ole Miss and Marshall...Finished the season with 21 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble...Started in his collegiate debut versus Ole Miss at outside linebacker and had three tackles...Logged two solo stops versus Rice, including his first career sack...Dropped Chase Clement on third down for a loss of 14 yards in the second quarter...Registered a career-high five assisted tackles with one for a loss of a yard versus Marshall...Made two solo tackles on the defense and special teams against Arkansas State...Credited with one tackle on special teams and one on the defensive line versus Louisville...The solo tackle on defense held the Cardinals short of the first down marker on third down, resulting in a punt...Tallied two tackles against East Carolina...Tackled Norman Whitley for a loss in the second quarter, forcing a fumble that was recovered by Memphis at the ECU 28...The forced fumble was the first of his career...Credited with two solo tackles versus SMU, including a tackle for a loss of one yard in the second quarter that forced the Mustangs to punt two plays later...Second tackle came on a short gain of a yard...Recorded one tackle for a loss of two yards in the fourth quarter versus UCF...Sacked Tulane's Scott Elliott for a loss of two yards in the fourth quarter.

2007:


Redshirted in 2007 as a true freshman...Made the transition to defensive end midway through the fall...Is considered an explosive player with a high motor...Has good speed off the edge.

Prep:


Was a two-year starter for coach Charlie White at Germantown High...Two-sport letterwinner who also ran track for the Red Devils...Helped squad to a 10-3 record in 2005...Led his team to the 2004 and 2005 Region 8-5A championships...Invited to participated in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl All-Star Game...Named all-region during his junior and senior seasons...Also named the team's Defensive Player of the Year...Played linebacker and also saw limited action at fullback.

Personal:


Lester B. Lawson is the son of Lester and Mary Lawson...Born March 24, 1988, in Monroe, La.

Lawson's Career Defensive Statistics
YR G/S UT AT TOT PD FR FF TFL SK INT
2008 12/2 12 9 21 0 0 1 5.5-21 2-16 0-0
2009 12/0 3 1 4 1 0 0 1-3 1-3 0-0
2010 12/4 8 17 25 0 0 0 2.5-13 1-8 0-0
TOTAL 36/6 23 27 50 1 0 1 9.0-37 4-27 0-0

Lawson's Career Highs
Tackles 7 (at Marshall, 2010)
Solo Tackles 3 (2x; last at Marshall, 2010)
Assisted Tackles 5 (2x; last vs. UCF, 2010)
Tackles For Loss 1 (7x; last at Marshall, 2010)
Sacks 1 (4x; last at Marshall, 2010)
Forced Fumbles 1 (2x; last vs. Tennessee, 2010)
Pass Breakups 1 (at Houston, 2009)
Quarterback Hurry 1 (at UTEP, 2010)

Lawson's Game-By Game
Defense Opponent UT AT TT TFL SK FF PBU INT
8/30/08* Ole Miss 1 2 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0
9/6/08 Rice 2 0 2 1-14 1-14 0 0 0-0
9/13/08* Marshall 0 5 5 .5-1 0-0 0 0 0-0
9/20/08 Nicholls State 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0
9/27/08 Arkansas St. 2 0 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0
10/10/08 Louisville 2 0 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0
10/18/08 East Carolina 1 1 2 1-1 0-0 1 0 0-0
10/25/08 Southern Miss 0 1 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0
11/8/08 SMU 2 0 2 1-1 0-0 0 0 0-0
11/22/08 UCF 1 0 1 1-2 0-0 0 0 0-0
11/29/08 Tulane 1 0 1 1-2 1-2 0 0 0-0
12/20/08 USF 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0
9/6/09 Ole Miss 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0
9/12/09 MTSU 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0
9/19/09 UT Martin 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0
9/26/09 Marshall 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0
10/3/09 UCF 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0
10/10/09 UTEP 0 1 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0
10/17/09 Southern Miss 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0
10/27/09 East Carolina 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0
11/7/09 Tennessee 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0
11/14/09 UAB 2 0 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0
11/21/09 Houston 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0-0
11/27/09 Tulsa 1 0 1 1-3 1-3 0 0 0-0
9/4/10 Mississippi St. 1 0 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0
9/11/10 East Carolina 0 3 3 0.5-1 0-0 0 0 0-0
9/18/10 MTSU 0 1 1 0.5-3 0-0 0 0 0-0
9/25/10 UTEP 1 1 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0
10/2/10 Tulsa 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0
10/9/10 Louisville 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0
10/16/10 Southern Miss 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0
10/30/10* Houston 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0
11/6/10* Tennessee 3 2 5 0.5-1 0-0 1 0 0-0
11/13/10* Marshall 3 4 7 1-8 1-8 0 1 0-0
11/20/10* UAB 0 1 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0
11/27/10* UCF 0 5 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0-0
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