January 15th, 2012 at 5:10 PM ^

In 3 years he had 369 tackles, 44 of them for a loss.  Lanky or not, that's production.  A guy like that certainly can't hurt to have on your team.  He may or may not ever see much time, but it will be interesting to see how he develops.  You never know which walk-ons are going to be names in game programs and which ones are going to be multi-year starters, but having them is huge to your team.

UM Fan in Nashville

January 15th, 2012 at 5:49 PM ^

He could be a special teams dynamite.  With that type of production in high school, he seems to know how to find the ball.   He could be good to have on kick and punt coverage teams.   Hope it works out for him, I always route for walk-ons to have an impact.   


January 15th, 2012 at 5:53 PM ^

Just a general questions about walk-ons.  If a kid didn't get accepted into UM as a regular student, would the preferred walk-on offer enable him to attend Michigan?

Zone Left

January 15th, 2012 at 9:57 PM ^

They do have to be admitted, but admissions for a scholarship football player is closer to a rubber stamp than a holistic view of his overall candidacy. 

Sorry if that offends anyone here, but football players aren't competing for slots against the whole body of applicants.

Mitch Cumstein

January 16th, 2012 at 10:18 AM ^

Just to clarify, that is for athletes in general.  Not just football.  Women's field hockey can get girls admitted that wouldn't necessarily be accepted through general admissions.  Not trying to take anything away from any student-athletes, as they bring a lot to the culture of the university, and certainly can prove they belong in the classroom once they are on campus, but just adding information to the point above.  


January 15th, 2012 at 8:26 PM ^

I wasn't asking about making the football team, but getting into the university as a student.  I know a walk-on has to be admitted, but do they get to by-pass the competition with all the regular students that don't participate in sports?  Are they automatically accepted if they can meet the minumum scholastic requirements that a scholarship player has to meet?


January 15th, 2012 at 6:02 PM ^

To the young kid. He is obviously bright. He is being recruited by ivy league schools. A redshirt is by no question in his future. Then possibly a starter on special teams. He could one day be in the second string lb rotation, coming in for injuries (its happens every year it seams) He is like getting a "free player" that doesn't go against the 85 player cap. Good job hoke. Go Blue!

Charlie Chunk

January 15th, 2012 at 6:22 PM ^

There is some stiff competition at that position, but the line-up can be cracked with a lot of hard work. This team has shown that the best guy gets the play time. Are you ready for that challenge.

Be a warrior my man!

Go Blue!


May 31st, 2012 at 8:21 PM ^

Hey guys, check out the #74 kid on this team.

           He's the far side defensive tackle at 3:21, and I mean I know he doesn't tackle the kid with the ball, but my guess would be that the quaterback was his read duty since the other team seems to be running an option sort. I mean the kid stays low, and is able to shoot through the line and shut down the qb.
           Also check him out at 6:01, he is the far side defensive end and right here he just kicks the snot out of the guy blocking him, pushing him back and then sliding off the make the tackle for a loss as well. This kid shows some potential.
          He also seems pretty good at the o-line too, as can be seen at 8:07, where he comes up and crushes a poor linebacker. This kid is my guess 6'2 230-240 but appears to be younger probably a sophomore or junior. He has some potential, I say go for him.


January 15th, 2012 at 9:13 PM ^

See the play early in his highlights. Blitzes from the outside and hits the ball carrier behind the LOS. Very Kovacsian. Needs to get his helmet into the ball, though.

Also a 1st team Lacross guy. I suppose if things don't go as planned on the football team, he could go out for Varsity Lacross now!


January 16th, 2012 at 10:11 AM ^

Blaze - lacrosse has an 'e' on the end of it.  You're right though.  He seems to be a pretty decent lacrosse player, although 1st-Team All-State in Michigan isn't exactly the same as being 1st-Team All-State in Maryland or New York.  Kinda the opposite of football in that regard.

He's wearing a lacrosse shirt in that headshot, so it may have been taken during the spring.  Typically guys who play football and lacrosse bulk up in the fall and trim down a bit in the spring.  Or maybe he's just lanky.


January 16th, 2012 at 1:41 PM ^ article about Lawson. Deep Michigan ties for the young man.

His parents are Michigan graduates and his brother is currently attending the university's law school. His great grandfather was an employee of the athletic department and his great grandmother a Michigan graduate. A great uncle, Herb Frederick, has been a stadium volunteer for 68 years.

It also says he's wanted to be a Michigan football player ever since attending the 2004 U-M/MSU thriller. Nice that he'll be able to achieve his goal.


January 17th, 2012 at 9:40 PM ^

Guys I played on Mark's team this year and let me tell you, he is the hardest working most determined player I have ever had the honor to play on a field with, and he will find a way to get the job done.