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#22 Derek Lawson
Position: RB
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 216
Year: Redshirt Sophomore
Hometown: Jonesboro, Ark.
High School: Nettleton
Experience: 1 Letter
Derek Lawson bio
Courtesy: ArkansasState
Release: 07/25/2007

2011:  Lawson will enter his senior season with a career 5.6 rushing average per attempt, which is currently the fourth highest for a career at ASU . . . Lawson needs 260 rushing yards to become the 15th all-time leading rusher in school history and 551 yards to become the 12th player in A-State history to rush for 2,000 career yards . . . Preseason Third Team All-Sun Belt Conference selection by Phil Steele's.

2010:  Started nine games at running back . . . Led ASU in rushing with 500 yards and four touchdowns on a career-high 105 attempts for a 4.8 average per rush . . . Ranked ninth in the Sun Belt Conference in rushing yards . . . Posted 15 receptions for 154 yards, both career highs . . . Also recorded his first career receiving touchdown . . . Eclipsed 100 yards rushing once, posting 104 yards and one touchdown on 15 attempts in a win against Middle Tennessee . . . Rushed for over 50 yards in five games, including 73 in a victory over North Texas and 71 against Louisville . . . Had a long run of 37 yards against Louisville . . . Led ASU in rushing four games . . . Posted four runs of 25 yards or more . . . ASU Athletic Director's Honor Roll and Sun Belt Conference Academic Honor Roll.

2009:  Played in all 12 games, including one (at Florida Atlantic) as a starter . . . Rushed 56 times for 254 yards and two touchdowns . . . Averaged 4.4 yards per rush, the highest average on the team among all players with at least 50 rushing attempts . . . Will enter junior campaign with an impressive 6.2 yards per rush average . . . Rushed 12 times for 76 yards, both season highs, and one touchdown in the Red Wolves season opener against Mississippi Valley State . . . Ran for 67 yards, his second most of the season, on nine attempts against FAU . . . Also posted his longest run of the season against FAU with a 26 yarder . . . Also finished with six receptions for 50 yards on the season . . . Best receiving game came at Louisville, hauling in three receptions for 29 yards.

2008:  Lawson impressed his freshman season, rushing for 695 yards with a 7.2 average per carry . . . His 7.4 yards per rush was the fifth highest in the nation among all running backs ranked in the top-100 for rushing yards . . . Ranked No. 9 in the Sun Belt Conference in rushing yards (57.9 ypg), led all SBC freshmen in rushing and ranked No. 10 in the nation in rushing among all freshmen . . . One of 10 players recognized by CBSSports.com on its Sept. 24 "Freshman Watch" list, which featured the best freshmen in college football throughout the the season . . .Became just the 11th player in school history to rush for over 200 yards in a game with his 209-yard performance against Texas Southern . . . His 209 yards ranks as the eighth most in school history . . . Posted two 100-yard rushing games and had over 50 yards in five outings . . . Had long rush of 80 yards against Texas Southern that ranks tied for the fourth longest in school history . . . His 80-yard run was the longest by an ASU player since 2005.

2007:  Redshirted and participated on the scout team.

HIGH SCHOOL:  Helped lead Nettleton High School to 5A state semifinals, rushing for an Arkansas high school record 3,090 yards to break Madre Hill's 13-year old record of 2,863 yards . . . 36 TDs senior season ties the fifth most in Arkansas high school history . . . 2006 Jonesboro Sun Player of the Year . . . Little Rock Touchdown Club's 5A High School Player of the Year . . . Named to the Arkansas All-Star Team . . . 2006 KAIT 8 High School Player of the Year . . . Rushed for 4,198 career yards and posted 49 career touchdowns . . . No. 2 jersey retired by Nettleton High School . . . Hooten Award and Landers Award finalist in 2006, two of the top awards in the state.

PERSONAL:  Son of Vivian Phillips and Ed Laswon and stepmother Tracy Lawson . . . Earned his bachelor's degree in May 2011.

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