Guy Values Hard Work

Perhaps the most gifted and highly-acclaimed defensive lineman recruit to sign with the Sun Devils since Terrell Suggs in 2000, Lawrence Guy recently arrived at ASU with a world of potential and a long list of accolades, however academic concerns nearly prevented his Sun Devil career from starting in 2008. It all boiled down to effort, and Guy is ready to exert that effort on and off the field.

Having survived NCAA Clearinghouse challenges and avoiding becoming an academic casualty similar to defensive lineman Jermaine Williams in 2006, ASU's most recent four-star high school defensive line signee, Guy now brings his incredible mixture of size, aggressiveness and raw athleticism to the Sun Devil defensive line and is poised and prepared to establish himself on and off the field at ASU.

"After going through everything just to get here, I learned to work hard in the classroom," says Guy. "If you slack off anywhere, it'll show up in the future. It's important just work really hard, get good grades and do your work."

At 6-5, 270 pounds, the Las Vegas product has the experience and ability to play virtually anywhere along the line, however all his practice reps thus far have been with the third-team defense at left defensive end, behind redshirt freshman James Brooks and senior starter Luis Vasquez.

During his illustrious senior season at Western High School, Guy totaled 102 tackles and 15.5 sacks and was regarded as the top defensive tackle in the West by Scout.com. Any and all conversations regarding the nation's elite prep defensive linemen last season were bound to include Guy's name, as he was listed by Scout.com as the nation's No. 7 defensive tackle prospect and the country's No. 92 overall high school recruit.

Ultimately, the Sun Devils won the Nevada native's services over historically prominent programs such as Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Tennessee, and Guy's reasons for choosing to sign with the Sun Devils in February have panned out to be true now that he's arrived to campus.

"I love the way they play football here at ASU," says Guy. "They play great, smash mouth football. I love it here. The academics, the coaches and the atmosphere are all great here and that's what brought me to ASU. The defensive players here are working hard on every play. I don't like slacking defenses that just give up, these guys never give up; they just keep going."

Guy enters his collegiate career with an open mind and an eagerness to learn quickly and become a versatile and dominant defensive lineman, and to his advantage ASU returns one of the Pac-10 Conference's most dynamic defensive ends duos in junior Dexter Davis and senior Luis Vasquez, the latter of whom has played the role of an excellent veteran role model to Guy, while also sitting atop the depth chart that Guy looks to one day take over.

"Luis Vasquez has really helped me so far, especially with using my hands more and getting off the line (of scrimmage) quicker," says Guy. "He's also helping teach me to have better body positioning and to always stay low. I didn't have to use those things too much at the high school level so I'm really focusing on that right now. It's going well so far and I'm getting better at it; every day I'm learning to use those things more and more."

Brought to ASU with perhaps the greatest expectations of any defensive signee in the 2008 class, observers – and Guy himself – remain uncertain whether he will see the field of play as a true freshman this year or if the coaches will opt to preserve his eligibility and allow him to further develop as a redshirt member of the scout team.

Furthermore, the question remains whether positioning Guy at defensive tackle will expedite his opportunity for playing time, as ASU's depth at tackle is much less developed and stable compared to both defensive end spots, as four players are currently competing to start at defensive tackle beside senior David Smith.

"I'm learning a lot of new things so far," notes Guy, "and as far as where I play on the defensive line, if the coaches want me to play tackle I'll move down there. But it's up to them and the coaches haven't said anything to me about playing defensive tackle. I'm focusing on working on everything I can to get better as a defensive end right now. "

Regardless of Guy's role on the defense, he enters his collegiate career with a determined mentality and looks to build on his impressive high school repertoire and help raise the level of intensity along the Sun Devil defensive line.

"At this point, all I can do is just work my butt off and see where it takes me," says Guy. "The coaches expect me to work hard and that's exactly what I'll do. I won't know just how good I am until I start playing other teams, but I can't wait to get out there and start smashing players in the other team's backfield."

Joe Healey is a 2006 graduate of Arizona State University and a guest contributor to Devils Digest. He is also a feature writer each month in Maroon and Gold Illustrated and has contributed to ASU media guides, press releases and other official athletic publications. He can be contacted by email at josephwhealey@hotmail.com.

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