Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Line – 1st Season
South Carolina (Assistant Coach – Defensive Line)
North Carolina (Assistant Coach – Recruiting Coordinator, Defensive Line)
Michigan State (Assistant Coach – Recruiting Coordinator, Defensive Line)
South Carolina (Assistant Coach – Recruiting Coordinator, Defensive Line)
Appalachian State (Assistant Coach – Defensive Line, Offensive Tackles and Tight Ends)
Havelock (N.C.) High School
- His 2012 USC team set a school record with 43 sacks on the season. The team’s 43 sacks ranked sixth in the nation. Sophomore Jadeveon Clowney was a unanimous first-team All-American after recording a school record 23.5 tackles for loss and a school record 13.0 sacks.
- In 2011, South Carolina finished the year with the nation's third-best rated defense, a unit that surrendered just 268 yards per contest. Aided by a ferocious pass rush, Carolina boasted the nation's second-best pass defense and ranked 11th in the country, allowing just 18.4 points per game.
- Under his watch, defensive end Melvin Ingram earned first-team All-America honors while Jadeveon Clowney was the SEC Freshman of the Year in 2011.
- His 2010 squad recorded 41sacks and helped the Gamecocks put together the league's third-best and nation's 12th-best rushing defense. Defensive end Devin Taylor earned first-team All-SEC recognition.
- In 2009, the Gamecocks finished in the upper half of the SEC in every defensive category and were 15th in the country in total defense.
- The Gamecocks finished the 2008 season with the 13th-ranked defense nationally. Carolina showed its most improvement in run defense, allowing 133 yards per game, ranking 43rd in the country, after surrendering 209 yards per game on the ground in 2007 while ranking 110th in the nation.
- In 2007, Lawing coached Eric Norwood to All-SEC honors. Norwood finished the season with a school-record 19.5 tackles for loss. Ladi Ajiboye was a second-team Freshman All-American.
- In 2006, Lawing pieced together a D-line that had no seniors in the rotation and lost its best interior lineman (Marque Hall) to a season-ending injury early in the campaign. Eric Norwood shared the team lead in sacks while earning first-team Freshman All-America honors.
- In his prior 10-year stint at South Carolina (1989-98), Lawing tutored the defensive line and served as recruiting coordinator under Sparky Woods and Brad Scott. During his time in Columbia, he helped produce three NFL players in Corey Miller, Gerald Dixon and Henry Taylor, and coached three All-SEC players in Taylor, nose tackle Eric Sullivan and end Stacy Evans. He also recruited defensive end John Abraham, a four-time NFL Pro Bowl selection.
- Lawing spent three seasons as North Carolina's defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator. His three recruiting classes were ranked among the nation's top-25.
- Between his stops at Carolina, Lawing spent four seasons at Michigan State where he served as defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator. During his tenure, the Spartans led the Big Ten in total defense during the 1999 and 2000 regular seasons.
- In his first season at MSU, the Spartans led the Big Ten and ranked fifth nationally in rushing defense.
- Lawing also played an integral part in helping MSU assemble one of the nation's top-20 recruiting classes for three-straight years. He was instrumental in the development of four NFL players, including All-America and first-round draft pick Julian Peterson, Robaire Smith, Jace Sayler and Josh Shaw.
- Lawing began his college coaching career at Appalachian State. He mentored the defensive line for five years and the tight ends and offensive tackles for one season. Eight of his players earned all-conference honors, including Southern Conference Player of the Year Anthony Downs in 1987 and future NFL players Tommy Dawkins and Mike Frier.
Prominent Players Coached
- DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY – Consensus first-team All-American as a sophomore in 2012. Named the SEC Freshman of the Year and a freshman All-American in 2011.
- DE MELVIN INGRAM – Consensus first-team All-American in 2011. Selected 18th overall in the 2012 NFL Draft by San Diego.
- DE CLIFF MATTHEWS – Second-team All-SEC performer who was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in 2011.
- DE DEVIN TAYLOR – Two-time All-SEC honoree who totaled 18.5 sacks and 34 tackles-for-loss for the Gamecocks.
- DE ERIC NORWOOD – Set SC’s all-time sack record and tackles-for-loss record and was a first-team All-American in 2009. Drafted in the 4th round by the Carolina Panthers in 2010.
- LB GERALD DIXON – Played nine seasons in the NFL after being selected in the third round by the Cleveland Browns in 1992.
- LB JULIAN PETERSON – A first team All-American in 1999 who was drafted in the first round by San Francisco. Five-time Pro Bowler played 11 years in the NFL.
- DE ROBAIRE SMITH – Fifth on the Spartans’ all-time sacks list (22) and fourth in tackles-for-loss (48). Selected by the Tennessee Titans in the sixth round in 2000 and played 11 years in the NFL.
- DT JOSH SHAW – Taken in the fifth round of the 2002 NFL Draft by San Francisco and played four seasons in the league.
- DL ANTHONY DOWNS – In the Appalachian State Hall of Fame, was the Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year and first team All-American in 1987. Three-time All-Conference selection.
NFL Draft Picks Coached in College (Round Drafted)
- DE Leroy Howell (9th) – Appalachian State ’84 – Buffalo Bills
- LB Corey Miller (6th) – South Carolina ’91 – New York Giants
- LB Gerald Dixon (3rd) – South Carolina ’92 – Cleveland Browns
- DT Henry Taylor (UFA) – South Carolina ’98 – Detroit Lions
- OLB Julian Peterson (1st) – Michigan State ’00 – San Francisco 49ers
- DE Robaire Smith (6th) – Michigan State ’00 – Tennessee Titans
- DT Jace Sayler (UFA) – Michigan State ’00 – New England Patriots
- DT Josh Shaw (5th) – Michigan State ’02 – San Francisco 49ers
- DT Chase Page (7th) – North Carolina ’06 – San Diego Chargers
- DE Eric Norwood (4th) – South Carolina ’10 – Carolina Panthers
- DE Clifton Geathers (6th) – South Carolina ’10 – Cleveland Browns
- DE Cliff Matthews (7th) – South Carolina ’11 – Atlanta Falcons
- DE Melvin Ingram (1st) – South Carolina ’12 – San Diego Chargers
- DT Travian Robertson (7th) – South Carolina ’12 – Atlanta Falcons
- A four-year letter winner in football and a 1979 graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne
- Hometown: Hickory, N.C.
- Education: 1979 – Bachelor’s degree (Lenoir-Rhyne); 1985 – Master’s degree (Appalachian State)
- Married to Laura Lawing. Has two grown children.
Bowl Games as a Coach
- 1995: Carquest
- 2000: Citrus
- 2001: Silicon Valley
- 2004: Continental Tire
- 2006: Liberty
- 2009: Outback
- 2010: Papajohns.com
- 2010: Chick-fil-A
- 2012: Capital One
- 2013: Outback