Demarcus Lawrence, popularly known as “Tank”, is a professional American football player who plays the defensive end position for the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL. For someone who’s been a Cowboy fan all his life, it’s just a dream to be selected for his dream team in the 2014 NFL Draft. Before being selected by the Cowboys in the 2nd round of the 2014 NFL Draft, he played college football at Boise State University.
In Boise he collected an impressive statistic and played in 23 games in two seasons, scoring a total of 120 tackles (34 tackles in a defeat), 20 sacks, and 7 forced fumbles. Now here are all the facts you need to know about the dynamic player, including how he got the nickname “Tank”.
Demarcus Lawrence – Bio
DeMarcus Lawrence was born in Aiken South Carolina on April 28, 1992, the son of Yvonne and Tyrone Lawrence. Lawrence told the Dallas Cowboys in 2015 that the nickname “Tank” was born when he was young and playing on the baseball field when a fight broke out between him and his friend.
After this incident, his friend said: “I hit him on the head, I punched him in the face. And that’s what people have been calling him Tank ever since. Demarcus also remembers how he had a bad game in high school and how his coach forbade people to call him Tank: “He can’t play soccer”. But instead of being discouraged, Lawrence said he was inspired by him to live up to his nickname. So I am the Tank,” he added.
He attended Butler Community College from 2010 to 2011, and as a freshman, Demarcus Lawrence earned both his first-team JC Gridwire and his second team NJCAA All-America Honours. The team, on the other hand, won the Jayhawk Conference as well as the Region IV Championships and finished the year as the nation’s No. 2 in the final national vote.
Before the 2012 season began, he transferred to Boise State University and began his college career with the Broncos this season, leading the team with 9.5 bags. The next season he led them again with 10.5 bags. In Boise he was named the first-team All-Mountain West and Walter Camp All-America was named the second team.
His NFL Career
After the 2013 season in Boise State, he competed for the NFL Draft and was voted into the second round of the NFL 2014 by the Dallas Cowboys. Demarcus Lawrence would, unfortunately, start his rookie season on the injured reserve list after breaking his right foot in training camp. His first appearance was in the ninth week of the game against the Arizona Cardinals.
The lost time definitely affected his game this season, and he had very little impact. With a record 11 tackles and no sacks, Lawrence lost his first job in the right defense to Jeremy Mincey at the end of the season. The following season was not very smooth either, he ended the season with a series of 7 games with at least one sack, thirty-one quarterbacks (second in the team), and fifty-six tackles.
He also started his 2016 season with a not so good score. In January he underwent back surgery that turned out to be more serious than expected, and later he was banned from playing four games by the NFL for failing a drug test. So this season was quite unproductive, as the defender ended the year with only twelve games and only one bag. His best games this season were against the New York Jets, the New Orleans Saints, the Washington Redskins, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Demarcus Lawrence had a better season in 2017. In the third week, he was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week, and with 6.5 sacks in November, he was named NFC Defensive Player of the Month.
After a breakout season record of 14.5 sacks, he was named his first Pro Bowl in December 2017. In 2018 he was put on a franchise day after failing to agree on a long-term contract with him.
His Height, Weight, And Body Measurements
Lawrence stands at a height of 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) and has a very athletic body weighing 120 kg (265 lb). His arm length is 33 3/4″.