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#5 | 5-11, 192

Lettered at OSU: 2004-07
High school:  Palo Verde HS | Las Vegas, NV
Awards/All-conference: 2007 honorable mention All-Pac-10 kick returner, played in 2008 Hula Bowl

What others say:  Oregon State coach Mike Riley after the 2009 Hula Bowl - "It's unusual a guy would get picked for an all-star game based on special teams, but that just shows how outstanding he is. A lot of scouts were asking me questions about him."

Career synopsis:  Any well schooled football fan knows the value of smart, dependable special teams players and Gerard Lawson was every coach's dream.

An integral part of the Beavers' special teams success from 2004-07 Lawson had a knack for getting down the field quickly to cover kickoff and punt returners.  He rarely missed a tackle and never complained although he was vastly overlooked by the majority of fans.

Lawson was a good blocker too and was partly responsible for freeing Sammie Stroughter for his 70-yard punt return against USC in 2006. 

Besides his prowess on kickoff and punt coverage, he wasn't a bad kick returner either averaging over 23 yards each time he returned the pigskin.  His 100-yard return against Hawaii in 2006 ties him for the longest return in school history.

Career statistics: 63 kickoff returns for 1,483 yards and one touchdown | 68 tackles

Runner up: Derrick Doggett (2004-07) - A first team All-Pac-10 specialist Doggett made a name for himself covering kickoffs and punts before transitioning into an all-star linebacker.

Others worth mentioning: Sabby Piscitelli (2003-06)

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