Former University of Colorado
fullback Lawrence Vickers is in his
first season with the Dallas Cowboys and his seventh in the NFL. Dallas has
become the third team in which he has played for since he entered the league in
2006; being drafted in the sixth round by the Cleveland Browns.
After five successful years in
Cleveland, Vickers signed with Houston where he started every game last season
at fullback in his first and only season in the city he grew up in.
Vickers has made a name for himself
as being one of the toughest players in the National Football League; a
hard-nosed fullback always looking for a collision with a linebacker, or any
player in his way for that matter.
"Of course, I can get in front of
(a defender) and just block them, but I want to dominate all the time, whoever
is in front of me," Vickers said. "I want to do the dirty work, I want to do
the job that most people can't do, and most people can't play the fullback
position, it's hard."
No one can deny Vickers' ability to
obstruct any defender on a crash course path towards the ball carrier. While in
Cleveland, Vickers opened up holes for Jamal Lewis to rush for back-to-back 1,000-yard
seasons. Then in Houston, he paved the way for another All-Pro running back in
Arian Foster, who rushed for 1,509 yards in 2011.
Now, Vickers is not only continuing
his prideful role as a fullback, but he is also making his way onto the stat
line as a receiver and rusher for the Cowboys.
Last Sunday, Dallas went on the
road to face Philadelphia in a divisional battle in which the Cowboys won
38-23. Typically the lead blocker in the ground game, Vickers served an even
more valuable role in the contest with the Eagles as he had two receptions and
two carries, accounting for 31 all-purpose yards in the victory.
"Anything they need from me," said Vickers
to DallasCowboys.com earlier this season. "I'm just a whatever-you-need type of
guy, a pure fullback, a versatile back, a motivator, whatever. I'm all about
the team. Team is first with me."
Former Colorado head coach Gary
Barnett first dubbed the position Vickers held as the 'V-back' with the 'V'
referencing his immense versatility as an offensive player. Throughout his
college days in Boulder, Vickers often lined up as the lone running back while
also seeing several passes thrown his way, in addition to his blocking duties.
Barnett understood how much talent
and athletic ability the 6-foot-2, 230-pound kid from Houston possessed. In his
high school career at Forrest Brook, Vickers rushed for over 4,000 yards and 70
touchdowns, not to mention he averaged a double-double his senior year in
While Vickers is not quite putting up those numbers
anymore, he has begun to see the ball in his hands more often this season. He
has rushed the ball three times and has caught six passes for the Cowboys,
gaining 57 total yards thus far.
It turns out that the Cowboys have been waiting for
Vickers' services for a while now. Before the former Buffalo signed with
Houston last season, the Cowboys made a push for him; however, the opportunity
to play in his hometown where his parents still lived at the time was too
tempting to pass up.
"We followed him last season and when he became
available this season, we kind of made it a priority to get him," said Cowboys
running backs coach Skip Peete. "He's a physical, lead blocking fullback that I
think if you want to be a power running team, you need to have a guy like
Now that Dallas has that guy, they are hoping to
keep him for a while and keep winning games.
Justin Bannan recorded two tackles and a pass deflection in Denver's 36-14
victory at Carolina on Sunday; the Broncos are now 6-3 on the season... Jalil Brown recorded a tackle on Monday
Night Football, however Kansas City fell in overtime to the Pittsburgh Steelers
and former teammate Toney Clemons,
who is on the Steelers' practice squad... Three of the four division leaders in
the AFC Conference feature former Colorado football players in Baltimore with Jimmy Smith, New England with Nate Solder, and Denver with Bannan.