Linebacker is one area of the Boston College Eagles football team where the depth of talent is not an issue. Andre Lawrence, a junior from Hartford, CT, is another member of this corps. What he has not had that some of the other guys did is production.
Though he played in ten games last season, Lawrence only netted five tackles on that side of the football. He was also part of BC’s special teams unit, returning two kickoffs for a total of 14 yards. The prior season, 2010, was his redshirt freshman year; Lawrence made three appearances.
As a player on the two-deep out of the spring, assuming things hold up throughout the summer, it appears BC will rely upon Lawrence at least as much in the 2012 season as they did last year. He is currently listed at strong-side linebacker, backing up fellow junior Steele Divitto. This is the same position he was in last year on the depth chart, though some suspected he might swing over to the weak side and back up Kevin Pierre-Louis.
It is my expectation that Lawrence will make about as many appearances in games as he did last year, and let’s be honest: though this is a fine corps, without Luke Kuechly back here, there are tackles to be had. It’ll be up to Lawrence to make his opportunities count when he gets them, and he will.