With just 10 days until Mississippi State’s first football game against Stephen F. Austin, let’s take a look at former Bulldog, #10 Cameron Lawrence.
Lawrence, from Coldwater, Miss., was a linebacker for MSU from 2009 until 2012. He attended Magnolia Heights High School where he was a two-way player, playing both quarterback and linebacker. As a senior, he was selected to the All-state second-team at linebacker. He also lettered in track and baseball.
Lawrence began his career at MSU as an undersized athlete with no clear position. He recorded 14 tackles (five solo) in 12 games his freshman year. The following year, he recorded 34 tackles (20 solo) in 11 games.
It wasn’t until his junior year when he finally got a chance to start at inside linebacker. During that year, he led the team with 123 tackles (second in the SEC) and was selected to the Rivals.com All-SEC second-team.
As a senior, he returned as the SEC’s leading returning tackler and was named to the preseason 2012 All-SEC first team by the SEC Football Information Directors. He tallied 111 tackles (third in the SEC), becoming the first Bulldogs player since 1994 with 100-plus tackles in back-to-back seasons.
After Mississippi State
Following his career at MSU, Lawrence was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent after the 2013 NFL draft. He played in 11 games for the Cowboys in 2013, recording 10 tackles. He had 15 tackles and a sack in 2014, but his NFL career ended after he had three knee surgeries following the 2014 season.