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Lawrence Guy

Defensive Tackle/Defensive End

Arizona State University Sun Devils

No. 50

6:05.2-300

Las Vegas, Nevada

Western High School

Since his arrival, Lawrence Guy has been a staple along the Arizona State front wall and is a big reason why the Sun Devils have produced the Pacific 10 Conference's top-ranked rushing defense over the past two seasons. Known primarily for his pass rushing skills, his size, strength and athletic ability make him a prime candidate to move to the "five technique" defensive end position in a 3-4 alignment at the next level.

Through the first four games of the 2008 season, Arizona State allowed 140.75 yards per game on the ground and placed sixth in the conference and 70th in the nation. Just a true freshman, Guy took over as a starter for the final eight contests of the year and the Sun Devils gave up an average of just 119.38 yards rushing. He helped his team finish fourth in the Pac-10 and 35th in the country (126.50 ypg).

The following season, Guy started all 11 games he played in and helped further increase the effectiveness of the Sun Devils' run defense. The unit placed first in the conference and 19th nationally, allowing a meager 108.58 yards per game. The defensive tackle started every game of the 2010 campaign and Arizona State rose even higher in the rankings, again finishing as the Pac-10 Conference's top-ranked unit while placing 16th in the country (119.67 ypg).

Guy has also been a disruptive force capable of wreaking havoc on opposing backfields. In 35 career games, his ability to penetrate has led to eight sacks and 23 stops for losses. The standout defensive tackle earned All-Pacific 10 Conference honorable mention accolades in each of his three collegiate seasons.

"I'm a great pass rusher," Guy states. "I come off the edge fast and can get to the quarterback. I can just shut down everything on the outside. It's hard to get around me and I don't let the tight end get down the field. I still want to get even faster because speed is the key in college."

Guy was regarded as one of the nation's elite defensive lineman prospects during his prep career at Western High School. He was given a four-star rating by Rivals.com, as that recruiting service listed him as the 13th-best defensive tackle and 161st overall player in the nation, as well as the top recruit from the state of Nevada. Scout.com also rated him a four-star defensive tackle recruit and ranked him as the seventh-best player in the country at his position.

As a senior, Guy led his Warriors squad to an 8-3 record while making 102 tackles (69 solos) with 15.5 sacks and a fumble recovery. He garnered All-American status from PrepStar and EA Sports and was named to the Tacoma News-Tribune's "Western 100" list. He was also a first-team "Best in the West" choice by the Long Beach Press-Telegram.

Guy committed to the Sun Devils over scholarship offers from several prestigious universities, including Arizona, Arizona State, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, Oregon State and Tennessee. "ASU had everything I was looking for," Guy said. "I loved my visit and really bonded with the players and coaches there. I got that special feeling there and hanging out with the guys just felt like a big family."

Guy enrolled at Arizona State University in 2008 and emerged as an impact player by midseason. The true freshman played in all 12 games and started the final eight contests of the season. He was the recipient of the Bill Kajikawa Sun Devil Award as the team's most outstanding freshman after registering 44 tackles (17 solos) with two sacks, 10 stops for losses and one fumble recovery returned 22 yards for a touchdown. He also earned first-team Freshman All-American honors from the Football Writers Association of America.

Despite his success on the gridiron, all was not well for Guy, as a poor first semester in the classroom put his athletic eligibility in jeopardy. Suffering from attention deficit disorder and dyslexia, he had a difficult time juggling football and school.

Guy had ignored the university's Disability Resource Center, but after meeting with Arizona State's associate athletic director, a learning specialist and his father, he reapplied himself. The standout defensive tackle worked hard to get back into good academic standing, and excelled in the classroom throughout the rest of his collegiate career.


Lawrence Guy
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Guy entered the 2009 season as a member of the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List. He missed the season opener due to a biceps injury, but returned to start the final 11 games of the year. The sophomore registered 37 tackles (20 solos) with 4.5 sacks, seven stops for losses and three quarterback pressures. He also recovered one fumble and forced another.

As a junior in 2010, Guy was a member of the Outland Trophy Watch List (top collegiate lineman) and finished as a quarterfinalist for the Lott IMPACT Award (top collegiate defender). He started every game of the season for the first time in his career and posted 41 tackles (14 solos) with 1.5 sacks, six stops for losses and two pass deflections.

At season's end, the Guy announced he would forgo his final season of eligibility and enter the National Football League draft. "I feel like I'm ready," he said. "I feel like I'm physical enough and good enough to play at the next level. After the season was over, I started to think about it. I talked to family, coaches, my academic (coaches), everyone that was close to me. I thought about it for weeks and weeks, but I think this is the best decision for me."

Career notes

Guy started 31-of-35 games at defensive tackle for Arizona State and recorded 122 tackles (51 solos) with eight sacks for minus-49 yards, 23 stops for losses totaling 75 yards and three quarterback pressures…Caused one fumble and recovered two others for 30 yards and one touchdown…Added two pass deflections.

2010 season

All-Pacific 10 Conference honorable mention…Quarterfinalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy (top collegiate defender)…Member of the Outland Trophy Watch List (top collegiate lineman)…Started all 12 games and ranked eighth on the team with 41 tackles (14 solos), including 1.5 sacks for minus six yards and six stops for losses totaling 14 yards…Key piece in a front wall that led the Pac-10 and placed 16th nationally, allowing just 119.67 yards per game on the ground…Made 39 plays vs. the ground game, holding ball carriers to just 58 yards (1.49 ypc), as the defender limited those runners to five first downs while producing nine third-down stops and another on fourth-down…Delivered six of those tackles inside the red zone, including four on goal-line plays, as he posted 10 total stops (assists/solos) for loss and six tackles that brought down ball carriers at the line of scrimmage no gain…Made two stops vs. the aerial attack, holding receivers to just six yards on those receptions (3.0 ypc), as he deflected two passes, including one on a fourth-down attempt.

2010 game analysis

Portland State…Guy held the opposition to a field goal in the second quarter by stopping Connor Kavanaugh short of a conversion on a third-&-15 rushing attempt…He opened the season with two solo tackles…Head to Head Competition-ROG#68 Alex Cosenza (6:03-275)…Defensive Impact-The defender registered two stops vs. the ground game, holding runners to eight yards, as he made one third-down stop…Part of a defense that allowed 54 yards and no touchdowns on 29 carries (1.9 ypc) and 263 yards in total offense on 66 snaps (4.0 avg).

Northern Arizona…Guy managed four tackles (one solo)…He held the opposition to three-and-out on the opening possession of the second half by stopping Zach Bauman in the backfield for a one-yard loss on third-&-1…He added a tackle for no gain on Giovannie Dixon later that quarter…Head to Head Competition-ROG#61 Kris Poindexter (6:02-295)… Defensive Impact-The defender registered four stops vs. the ground game, holding runners to five yards, as he made one third-down stop and took down one ball carrier at the line of scrimmage for no gain…Part of a defense that allowed 69 yards and one touch-down on 34 carries (2.0 ypc) and 238 yards in total offense on 62 snaps (3.8 avg).

Wisconsin…Guy posted three tackles (two solos), including a one-yard sack on Scott Tolzien in the second quarter…Head to Head Competition-ROG#76 Bill Nagy (6:03-318)…Defensive Impact-The defender registered three stops vs. the ground game, holding runners to four yards and one first down, as he made one third-down stop…Part of a defense that allowed 194 yards and one touchdown on 42 carries (4.6 ypc) and 440 yards in total offense on 67 snaps (6.6 avg).

Oregon…The junior delivered five tackles (one solo)…He stopped two runners at the line of scrimmage for no gain during third quarter drives and tackled LaMichael James in the backfield for a five-yard loss in the final frame…Head to Head Competition-ROG#68 C.E. Kaiser (6:04-290)…Defensive Impact-The defender registered five stops vs. the ground game, holding runners to 10 yards and one first down, as he took down two ball carriers at the line of scrimmage for no gain…Part of a defense that allowed 210 yards and one touchdown on 46 carries (4.6 ypc) and 597 yards in total offense on 99 snaps (6.0 avg).

Oregon State…Guy deflected a pass attempt by Ryan Katz during a first quarter drive…In the third frame, he tackled Jacquizz Rodgers at the line of scrimmage for no gain…He forced a punt by the opposition in the final quarter by stopping Katz short of a conversion on a third-&-7 rushing attempt…Guy finished with four tackles (one solo)…Head to Head Competition-ROG#74 Burke Ellis (6:04-285)…Defensive Impact-The defender registered four stops vs. the ground game, holding runners to seven yards, as he made one third-down stop and took down one ball carrier at the line of scrimmage for no gain…Part of a defense that allowed 156 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries (5.0 ypc) and 416 yards in total offense on 60 snaps (6.9 avg).

Washington…Guy contributed four tackles (one solo)…In the second quarter, he tackled quarterback Jake Locker in the backfield for a one-yard loss on a rushing attempt…During a third quarter drive, he stopped tailback Chris Polk at the line of scrimmage for no gain…In the final frame, Guy caused a turnover on downs by deflected a fourth-&-12 pass by Locker…Head to Head Competition-ROG#65 Ryan Tolar (6:05-296)…Defensive Impact-The defender registered four stops vs. the ground game, holding runners to one yard and one first down, as he made one third-down stop and took down one ball carrier at the line of scrimmage for no gain…Part of a defense that allowed 145 yards and one touchdown on 35 carries (4.1 ypc) and 354 yards in total offense on 74 snaps (4.8 avg).

California…The defensive tackle had four stops (one solo), including a two-yard tackle for loss on Covaughn DeBoskie-Johnson during a fourth quarter possession…Head to Head Competition-ROG#61 Justin Cheadle (6:02-290)…Defensive Impact-The defender posted three stops vs. the ground game, holding runners to four yards…Made one stop vs. the aerial attack, limiting the receiver to one yard on that reception…Part of a defense that allowed 131 yards and three touchdowns on 43 carries (3.0 ypc) and 371 yards in total offense on 72 snaps (5.2 avg).

Washington State…Guy's only tackle was a one-yard stop for loss on Marcus Richmond…Head to Head Competition-ROG#72 B.J. Guerra (6:03-315)…Defensive Impact-The defender registered stops vs. the ground game, holding runners to yards, as he made third-down stops…Part of a defense that allowed eight yards and no touchdowns on 33 carries (0.2 ypc) and 264 yards in total offense on 71 snaps (3.7 avg).

Southern California…The junior collected four tackles (one solo), including an 11-yard sack on Matt Barkley in the final quarter…Head to Head Competition-ROG#78 Khaled Holmes (6:04-300)…Defensive Impact-The defender registered four stops vs. the ground game, holding runners to 11 yards and two first downs, as he made one third-down stop… Part of a defense that allowed 187 yards and no touchdowns on 43 carries (4.3 ypc) and 402 yards in total offense on 80 snaps (5.0 avg).

Stanford…Guy posted three tackles (two solos)…He forced a punt in the third quarter by stopping Stepfan Taylor short of a conversion on a third-&-2 rushing attempt…Head to Head Competition-ROG#52 David DeCastro (6:05-310)…Defensive Impact-The defender registered three stops vs. the ground game, holding runners to seven yards, as he made one third-down stop…Part of a defense that allowed 128 yards and two touchdowns on 42 carries (3.0 ypc) and 420 yards in total offense on 83 snaps (5.1 avg).

UCLA…Guy forced a second quarter punt by stopping quarterback Richard Brehaut short of a conversion on a third-&-5 rushing attempt…He contributed to a third quarter goal-line stand by tackling Malcolm Jones in the backfield for a two-yard loss on second-down before stopping Johnathan Franklin at the line of scrimmage for no gain on fourth-&-goal, causing a turnover on downs…The defensive tackles finish with five stops (one solo)… Head to Head Competition-ROG#62 Eddie Williams (6:01-329)…Defensive Impact-The defender registered four stops vs. the ground game, holding runners to five yards, as he made one third-down stop and another on fourth-down, taking down one ball carrier at the line of scrimmage for no gain…Made one stop vs. the aerial attack, limiting the receiver to five yards on that reception…Part of a defense that allowed 121 yards and one touchdown on 30 carries (4.0 ypc) and 442 yards in total offense on 86 snaps (5.1 avg).

Arizona…Guy closed out the season with two tackles (one solo), both of which went for a loss of yards…The defensive tackle held the opposition to three-&-out during the game's opening possession by stopping Nic Grigsby in the backfield on a third-&-4 carry…He helped hold the opposition to a field goal in overtime by hitting Keola Antolin for a one-yard loss…Head to Head Competition-ROG#57 Jovon Hayes (6:02-320)…Defensive Impact-The defender registered two stops vs. the ground game, holding runners to minus three yards, as he made one third-down stop…Part of a defense that allowed 125 yards and one touchdown on 43 carries (2.9 ypc) and 391 yards in total offense on 81 snaps (4.8 avg).


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2009 season

All-Pacific 10 Conference honorable mention…Member of the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List (top collegiate lineman)…Started all 11 games he played in at defensive tackle, missing one contest due to a biceps injury…Ranked seventh on the team with 37 tackles (20 solos), including 4.5 sacks for minus 34 yards, seven stops for losses totaling 39 yards and three quarterback pressures...Caused one fumble and recovered another for eight yards.

2009 game highlights

Louisiana-Monroe…Guy made his season debut and assisted on four tackles…In the opening quarter, the defensive tackle stopped Trey Revell at the line of scrimmage for no gain…He helped bring down Frank Goodin in the backfield for a one-yard loss inside the red zone in the second frame.

Washington State…The sophomore registered five tackles (four solos) with three QB pressures…In the opening quarter, he sacked Jeff Tuel for an eight-yard loss and hit Dwight Tardy in the backfield for a one-yard loss a series later…He sacked QB Marshall Lobbestael for a seven-yard loss during a second quarter drive.

California…Guy sacked Kevin Riley for a seven-yard loss during the game's opening drive. On the next snap, Mike Nixon forced the quarterback to fumble, as Guy recovered the loose ball and returned it eight yards to the opponent's 32…In the second frame, the defensive tackle sacked Riley for a six-yard loss on third-&-3 and jarred the ball free once again. Vontaze Burfict recovered for Arizona State, leading to a touchdown on the ensuing possession…The sophomore finished with five tackles (three solos).

UCLA…Guy posted four solo tackles, including a four-yard stop for loss on Chane Moline during a second quarter possession…In the final frame, the defensive tackle held the opposition to three-and-out by tackling Moline short of a conversion on a third-&-2 rushing attempt.

Other Notable Performances…Had one solo tackle vs. Oregon State…Managed three stops (two solos) vs. Washington…Delivered three stops (one solo) vs. Stanford…Assisted on three tackles vs. Southern California…Posted four tackles (two solos) vs. Oregon…Closed out the season with five stops (three solos) vs. Arizona.

2008 season

Freshman All-American first-team pick by the Football Writers Association of America… All-Pacific 10 Conference honorable mention…Recipient of the Bill Kajikawa Sun Devil Award as the team's most outstanding freshman…Played in all 12 games, starting the final eight contests…Ranked seventh on the team with 44 tackles (17 solos), including two sacks for minus nine yards and 10 stops for losses totaling 22 yards…Also returned one fumble recovery for 22 yards and a touchdown.

2008 game highlights

Georgia…Guy forced the opposition to punt during a first quarter drive by sacking Matt Stafford for a seven-yard loss on third-&-18…A series later, the defensive tackle hit Knowshon Moreno in the backfield for a two-yard loss…He finished with four assisted tackles.

California…The true freshman made his first career start and notched six tackles (two solos)…He helped bring down Shane Vereen for a two-yard loss during the game's opening drive and stopped the tailback for a loss of one yard a series later…In the second frame, guy sacked Nate Longshore for a four-yard loss, helping to hold the opposition to three-and-out…The defensive tackle forced an early fourth quarter punt by stopping Vereen in the backfield for a two-yard loss on third-&-1.

Oregon State…Guy tied a season-high with six tackles (three solos), including a one-yard stop for loss on a fourth quarter reception by tailback Jacquizz Rodgers.

Washington State…Guy helped hold the opposition to three-and-out during a first quarter drive by stopping Chantz Staden short of a conversion on a third-&-32 rushing attempt…In the final frame, the defensive tackle recovered a fumble by J.T. Levenseller and returned it 22 yards to the end zone for a touchdown…He added a three-yard stop for loss on Dwight Tardy a series later, finishing with three tackles (two solos).

UCLA…The defensive lineman posted five tackles (three solos)…He held the opposition to three-and-out during a first quarter drive by sacking Kevin Craft for a four-yard loss on third-&-9…In the third frame, he stopped Raymond Carter in the backfield for a four-yard loss.

Other Notable Performances…Made his collegiate debut with three assisted tackles vs. Northern Arizona…Followed that up with five tackles (one solo) vs. Stanford…Assisted on four stops vs. UNLV…Had one solo tackle vs. Southern California…Posted a three tackles (two solos) vs. Oregon, including a one-yard stops for loss…Closed out the season with four tackles (three solos) vs. Arizona, including a one-yard stop for loss.

Injury report

2009 Season…Missed the season-opener vs. Idaho State (9/05) after straining his biceps during a weightlifting session in training camp…Returned the second week vs. Louisiana-Monroe (9/19). 2010 Season…Suffered an ankle injury in the season-opener vs. Portland State (9/04), but missed little practice time and played the following week vs. Northern Arizona (9/11).

Campus agility tests

4.91 in the 40-yard dash…1.73 10-yard dash…2.83 20-yard dash…4.58 20-yard shuttle… 7.60 three-cone drill…32-inch vertical jump…8'9" broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 24 times.

High school

Attended Western (Las Vegas, Nev.) High School, playing football for head coach Brian Murphy…Named a PrepStar All-American and second-team All-America choice by EA Sports…Also named to the Tacoma News-Tribune's "Western 100" list…Earned first-team "Best in the West" honors by the Long Beach Press-Telegram…Participated in the 2008 U.S. Army All-American Bowl as a member of the West team…Concluded his prep career with 238 tackles (171 solos), 30.5 sacks and three fumble recoveries over three varsity seasons, including nine games with multiple quarterback sacks…Had three games in his career with 15 or more total tackles, 13 with 10 or more tackles and 17 with at least eight tackles…Led the Warriors to an 8-3 overall record as a senior while delivering 102 tackles (69 solos) with 15.5 sacks and one fumble recovery…Notched 89 tackles (67 solos) with 12 sacks and one fumble recovery as a junior while Western turned in a 5-6 record...As a sophomore, registered 47 tackles (35 solos) with three sacks and one fumble recovery for an 8-2 Western squad…Given a four-star rating by Rivals.com, who listed him as the 13th defensive tackle and 161st overall player in the nation, as well as the top recruit from the state of Nevada…Also rated a four-star prospect by Scout.com, as that recruiting service ranked him as the seventh player in the nation at his position…Chose to attend Arizona State over scholarship offers from Arizona, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, Oregon State and Tennessee.

Personal

BIS (Education and Sociology) major…Father is Michael Guy...Brothers are Dell and Chris…Dell ran track at Texas Christian University (2007-10)…Suffers from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Dyslexia…Visited three Tempe high schools in the summer of 2010, serving as a featured speaker in the "Summer Bridge" program, which assists at-risk students…Guy and his family have brought Thanksgiving dinner to less fortunate families for the past five years…Born 3/17/90…Resides in Los Vegas, Nevada.


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