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#17 Lawrence Vickers
Position: V-Back
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 240
Year: Junior
City/State: Houston, Texas
High School: Forest Brook
Experience: 2 Letters

 

2005 (Sr.)—He played in all 13 games, starting seven including the Champs Sports Bowl, as he played V-Back, named for his versatility for being a solid tailback, fullback and receiver.   He earned second-team all-Big 12 honors at fullback from the league coaches, while the Associated Press tabbed him an honorable mention selection.  He was one of 47 official candidates on the Doak Walker Award watch list, and won two team awards, the Derek Singleton Award for spirit, dedication and enthusiasm, and the Best Interview as selected by team beat media.  He will also participate in the Senior Bowl, accepting an invitation.  Versatile is exactly what he was, as he rushed for 243 yards (second on the team), caught 25 passes for 142 yards, scored 11 touchdowns overall (9 rushing, 2 receiving) in finishing second in scoring behind placekicker Mason Crosby, and earned 23 first downs (17 via rushing). For his career, he tied for 20th in receptions (67) and finished 48th in receiving yards (546), 70th in rushing yards (616) and was 44th in scoring (90 points).  He became just the 10th player in school history to record 500 career yards in both rushing and receiving.  His top game was against Missouri, when he played mostly tailback filling in for an injured Hugh Charles; he rushed 18 times for 85 yards and four touchdowns, all career highs.  In week two, he decimated New Mexico State, rushing six times for 45 yards and two scores while catching three passes for 32 yards and another touchdown.  He caught at least one pass in all 13 games, with a high of five (for 36 yards) against Texas A&M.  Against Clemson in the bowl game, he rushed six times for 15 yards and caught one pass for 10 yards.  Following the year, he accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl, where he rushed four times for 19 yards, earning two first downs, in helping the North to a 31-14 win over the South.  In the preseason, Street & Smith’s selected him as an honorable mention All-American, while The Sporting News ranked him the No. 5 fullback in the nation. 

 

2004 (Jr.)—The top fullback in the Big 12 Conference, but the position didn’t exist for the all-league team (early in the year, his position was reclassified from fullback to V-back).  He was one of 10 players named by the coaches to CU’s prestigious Victory Club (which requires a winning productivity grade in at least eight games), was the recipient of the Tom McMahon Award for dedication and work ethic, and was CU’s offensive back of the week for the North Texas and Texas A&M games.  In playing in all 13 games, with seven starts including the Houston Bowl, he had quite a season that featured a lot of balance.  He finished second on the team in rushing (248 yards), fourth in receptions (27), sixth in receiving yards (274) and tied for third in special team points (9, including five tackle points, and one each for a knockdown block, fumble recovery, recovered blocked kick and a first down field).  He earned 30 first downs (15 by both rushing and receiving), and scored three touchdowns, two via rushing and one when he recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for a score at Washington State.  Against Oklahoma State, he caught nine passes (for 96 yards), the most receptions by a running back in a single game in Colorado history.  He received his most rushing work out of the tailback position, carrying 15 times for 72 yards and a score against OSU and 17 times for 71 yards at Nebraska.  One of his biggest plays of the year came on a third-and-10 in the final 30 seconds against Kansas State, as he scampered 13 yards on a draw play to set up CU’s game winning touchdown pass on the next play.  In the bowl win over UTEP, he had three rushes for four yards and caught one pass for 16 yards.

 

2003 (Soph.)—He played in 11 games on both offense and special teams, including six starts.  While he lined up at fullback most of the time, he did see some spot action at tailback.  He rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown on the year (28 attempts), and emerged as a threat as a receiver, catching 15 passes for 123 yards and a score.  He had 10 plays of 10 yards or more (4 rushing, 6 receiving), and earned 15 first downs, nine on the ground.   A 3-yard catch for a TD against Missouri was his first career touchdown, rushing or receiving; he then scored his first time as a ball carrier the following week on a 1-yard run at Iowa State, when he had his season single-game high of 27 yards.  His reception high was four against Kansas, while he had 42 yards with two receptions against Texas Tech. 

 

2002 (Fr.)—He saw action in 11 games, including the Alamo Bowl (no starts), seeing time on both offense (at fullback) and on special teams; he was a regular at the end of the year in CU’s Stack-I formation (two fullbacks).  He had seven rushes for 25 yards on the year, and also caught one pass for seven yards. He touched the ball the most against Baylor, when he had six rushes for 22 yards and his reception.  He had a tackle and a knockdown block on special teams duty.

 

HIGH SCHOOL—As a senior, he garnered PrepStar All-America honors, as the magazine ranked him as the No. 8 running back in the Midlands.  SuperPrep named him to its all-southwest team, while Rivals.com ranked him as the No. 11 fullback in the nation.  He earned first-team all-state and first-team all-North Forest League while also being named to the first-team all-Greater Houston area.  Earning offensive MVP of his district during 2001, he was named to first-team all-district all four years of his prep career.  He was also named to the first-teams of the league and district his junior and sophomore years.  Playing running back on the varsity squad throughout all four seasons, he finished his career with 4,610 yards rushing and 70 touchdowns on 345 carries (a gaudy 13.4 yards per carry).  He also caught 72 passes for 1,950 yards and 24 touchdowns, averaging 27.1 yards per catch.  As a senior, he ran for 1,600 yards on 151 attempts, scoring 21 touchdowns with a long of 85 yards.  He also caught the second most passes of his career (17) and complied 500 receiving yards and four touchdowns. As a junior, he ran for 960 yards and scored 17 touchdowns on just 89 carries.  During his sophomore season he averaged 15.8 yards a carry, rushing 70 times on the season for 1,110 yards and 22 touchdowns.  As a freshman, the only year he played defense, he started in every game and racked up 75 total tackles at free safety, causing 10 fumbles and intercepting seven passes.  His top games included a 21-0 win over West Berry his senior year, when he rushed for 248 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries.  In a 50-47 loss to Jasper in the semifinals of the state playoffs his senior year, he rushed 10 times for 192 yards and two touchdowns and had seven catches for 200 yards and two more scores.  Under coach Ron Holmes, Forest Brook went 12-1 his senior year and advanced to the semifinals of the state playoffs; FBHS was 11-1 his junior season (losing in the second round of the playoffs), and was 7-4 his sophomore year.  He also lettered three years in basketball, averaging 20 points a game with 10 rebounds, three steals and three blocks a game as a senior, and lettered twice in track, competing in the high jump (career best of 6-7).  

 

ACADEMICS—He is majoring in sociology at Colorado.

 

PERSONAL—He was born May 8, 1983 in Beaumont, Texas.  His hobbies include listening to music, watching comedy and hunting.  He is also an avid churchgoer.

 

Rushing                                     High Games

Season

G

Att

Yds

Avg

TD

Long

Att

Yds

2002

10

7

25

3.6

0

9

6

22

2003

11

28

100

3.6

1

19

6

27

2004

12

60

248

4.1

2

26

17

72

2005

12

67

243

3.6

9

20

22

85

Totals

45

162

616

3.8

12

26

22

85

 

Receiving                                  High Games

Season

G

No

Yds

Avg

TD

Long

Rec

Yds

2002

10

1

7

7.0

0

7

1

7

2003

11

15

123

8.2

1

29

4

42

2004

12

27

274

10.1

0

34

9

96

2005

12

25

142

5.7

2

27

5

36

Totals

45

68

546

8.0

3

34

9

96

 

ADDITIONAL STATISTICS—Special Team Tackles: 1,0—1 (2002); 3,0—3 (2003); 3,1—4 (2004); 1,1- 2 (2005).

 

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