December 20, 2010

Lawrence finds home at linebacker

Cameron Lawrence has only been at Mississippi State for two seasons but is already on his fourth position.

The former three-star athlete began his Bulldog career at quarterback before moving out to wide receiver and then switched to safety where he played as a true freshman. But Lawrence was on the move again in the spring bulking up to play linebacker and it's a position that seems to have stuck.

"I feel like this is where I am meant to be," Lawrence said. "A lot of people joke around and tell me that I should be playing quarterback. But I feel that I was born to be playing on the defensive side of the ball and feel more comfortable at linebacker. I just feel like I was fit to play this position."

Lawrence played in 10 games at outside linebacker this season racking up 31 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, one sack and one forced fumble. He credits much of his success on the field to the attacking style of defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Manny Diaz.

"It definitely fits my personality," Lawrence said. "I've told a lot of guys that I love Coach Diaz and what he's done with our defense. It's aggressive and I feel like our defense has a swagger about it and that's one thing a defense really has to have. Coach Diaz definitely brings that to the table with his defense."

In all, Lawrence has appeared in 22 games at MSU recording 45 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, one sack and one forced fumble after spending most of his true freshman season on special teams.

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