More mature and healthy, Thomas set to go

Michigan State junior defensive lineman drew plenty of praise this preseason camp and now is excited to show what he can do.

This time last year, Lawrence Thomas was not healthy enough to playing football. A year later, the Michigan State junior defensive lineman is back and ready to make his presence felt.

“It’s a beautiful feeling to be healthy and ready to go full tilt,” Thomas said. “I just can’t wait to finally get out there with my brothers on Friday night.”

Thomas has been one of the major praise generators during preseason camp in the past month. Head coach Mark Dantonio, defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi and his teammates often have had lofty things to say about the one-time five-star recruit who has made his way back to defense.

He said a big part of the improvement has come from putting in extra work to be ready for this season.

”I think I got tougher mentally and physically and a lot of stuff,” he said. “I matured a lot, so I did the little stuff off the field and on the field, studying opponents and studying myself to get better as a player.”

Thomas said there was no particular moment in time where the maturity kicked in, but it was a process over time.

“You’ve just gotta grow, so I just grew older,” he said. “I talked to my dad everyday about where I am at in my life right now. He is my motivation, my mom and my little brother just talked to me everyday.

”I think I matured and got it going.”

Now, as he looks to make a big impact on the defensive line this season, Thomas said he is most excited to be out there with his teammates.

“I’m just looking forward to all of us flying to the ball, having a nasty attitude and everybody just playing fast and having fun and getting a win,” he said.

As for what Michigan State fans can expect to see from him this season, he said people will just have to wait and see.

“They should just expect a dude who is going to chase the ball down no matter where it is, sideline to sideline and playing nasty,” he said.

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