BSN: What kind of player has Lawson been for you?
Jeff Ketron: I've known his dad and him since he was in 7th grade. We had a pretty good idea since early on that this kid was going to be something special. The thing I like about him is that he's country tough. He lives out in the country. Kids these days, not a lot of them know what hard work is. But he's a big old tough country kid. You've got to have a few of those in your program. He's a no-nonsense guy. There's a job to do, let's get to work — that's the type of kid he is. You just got to love him. His mentality, he's going to outwork everybody else each and every day.
BSN: Where do you think he's going to fit at the next level – guard or tackle?
Ketron: I'm not so sure that he's going to play on offense. With Gary's staff, it was a done deal, he was going to play offensive line. But, I'll tell you what, you go back and watch the film on this cat – we told him, especially in the playoff run, ‘You're going to take on double teams every time. You've got to control the line of scrimmage.' He did such an outstanding job.
I didn't talk to CU coaches so much as I did other coaches in other programs. Everybody penciled him in as an offensive lineman, but he's got a chance to play D-tackle. He's tough enough and athletic enough to play D-tackle. I think it just depends on what type of scheme they run and what they expect him to do.
If he goes and plays on the offensive side of the ball, he's got the athletic ability to play tackle. But I know in the Big 12, in particular, they maybe want a taller kid, a 6-6 kid, a 6-7 kid. I think Eric's probably done growing at 6-4 1/2. So he'll more than likely end up at a guard.
BSN: He played both ways for you?
Ketron: No, mainly as a defensive tackle. But we brought him over as our jumbo (third) tight end. Short yardage stuff, we played with three tight ends on the field, and he was our third tight end. There was no chance in hell we were going to throw the ball to him. But we had him and Fendry next to each other. Then we had Ethan Atkins, who's a 6-5, 260-pound junior tackle. We had a lot of beef and we'd go pound people.
BSN: How much bigger can Eric get? How much can his frame handle?
Ketron: He'll be over 300, if they want him to.