120 Players To Know - ASU's Lawrence Guy
Arizona State DE Lawrence Guy
Arizona State DE Lawrence Guy
Posted Mar 12, 2009

Who are the players you need to know about? Maybe they've been under the radar, or maybe they're the future NFL stars who'll be a really big deal next April. Get to know the stars of 2009 as CFN profiles 120 Players You Need To Know over 120 days (one for each team) continuing with Arizona State DE Lawrence Guy.

120 Players You Need To Know

Arizona State DE Lawrence Guy

By Richard Cirminiello

Who is Lawrence Guy? …It only took a month or two for Guy to show the Arizona State coaching staff that he was worth all of those recruiting hours it’d spent to land him. Despite being just 18 years old and learning on the fly, he was too talented to keep off the field, quickly working his way into the lineup and earning consensus Freshman All-American recognition as a top defensive end. A scary blend of power and quickness in a 6-5, 275-pound frame, he was living in opposing backfields by the second half of the season. The rare gem to come out of Las Vegas, he goes full bore on every down and has a motor that never quits. And he’s only going to get better as he improves his strength in the weight room and gets more reps against quality competition. Was it really just a handful of years ago that Guy was an awkward kid struggling to fit in? Once the light went on and he started to fill out around the ninth grade, things would never be the same for the kid who’s about to blossom into one of the Pac-10’s brightest young stars.      

Guy’s best game so far was … UCLA last Nov. 28. By this time of the season, it was obvious that Guy was a true freshman in class only. In terms of impact, he was already a second-year player. He routinely frustrated an overmatched Bruin line, getting in on five tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, and a sack in a 34-9 victory.

Why you should care about Guy? … He’s one of the budding defensive superstars in the Pac-10 and already looking like one of those blue-chippers who’ll meet expectations. The best thing about Guy is that his upside is enormous, particularly after playing so well in his first season removed from high school. If he makes even modest progress from his 2008, the Sun Devils will have a fixture on the all-league team for the next three years.  

Positives about Guy …When a lineman the size of Guy has light feet and moves really well, he has the makings of a very special player. At 6-5 and 275 pounds, he can handle himself inside, yet has the speed and lateral quickness to wreak havoc like a strongside end. While still somewhat raw, he has the frame and athleticism to command double-teams as early as this fall.   

Negatives about Guy … With Guy, he has the frame and athletic ability to be a three-down player. Now, he just needs to work on his technique and his pass rushing moves. Playing in Las Vegas, he was able to dominate on his size and quickness alone, but in the Pac-10, he’ll have to continue improving the finer points of his game.  

A cool thing about Guy you probably didn’t know … Guy has a chance to become an inspiration and a role model for every kid who was told he’d never amount to much. A chubby kid with ADHD and self-esteem problems when he was growing up, he was about the last eight or nine-year old that anyone expected to blossom into an elite athlete. A kinetic learner, he needs to touch something to truly grasp its concept.  

Career Statistics
2007: Still in high school
2008: 44 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, and two sacks

Statistics, information and photo provided by the Arizona State sports information department