LOGAN, Utah – Following a solid week at the 89th East-West Shrine Game, Utah State senior cornerback Nevin Lawson has been invited to play in the 2014 Senior Bowl.
The 65th Senior Bowl will be played on Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. All practices during the week along with the game will be televised on the NFL Network (Comcast Ch. 180, Dish Network Ch. 154, DirectTV Ch. 212).
Lawson will join USU teammate in senior center Tyler Larsen at the Senior Bowl, as USU has now had at least one player invited to the annual All-Star game in four of the last five years.
Overall, Lawson is the 19th Utah State player selected to the Senior Bowl since 1962 and the fifth in the past five years as cornerback Will Davis played in 2013 game and recorded an interception, while linebacker Bobby Wagner was named the North’s Most Outstanding Player in 2012, and defensive back Curtis Marsh was selected in 2010.
Lawson, a 5-10, 186-pounder from Lauderhill, Fla. (Piper HS) was named a third-team All-American by College Sports Madness and received first-team all-Mountain West honors following his senior season.
In the 89th annual East-West Shrine Game last weekend, Lawson recorded 3.0 tackles, including 1.0 for loss, and added one pass breakups, while scoring the game’s final points with 9:38 to play as he returned a fumble five yards for a touchdown to extend the East’s lead to 23-13, which ended up being the final score. Overall, Lawson’s 3.0 tackles were the third-most on the East’s team.
During the 2013 season, Lawson ranked third in the Mountain West and 25th in the nation in passes defended (1.21 pg), and tied for eighth in the conference and tied for 82nd in the nation in interceptions (0.29 pg). Lawson finished the year first on the team in passes defended (17) as he had 13 pass breakups and four interceptions, which ranked first and second on the team, respectively. Lawson was also tied for fifth on the team in total tackles with 57 (33-solo, 24-assist), and was sixth on the team with 5.0 tackles for loss.
As a senior, Lawson was named the Mountain West’s Defensive Player of the Week against both Boise State (10/12) and UNLV (11/9). Against the Broncos, he recorded a career-high two interceptions, returning one 65 yards for his first career touchdown, while adding a career-high five passes defended and tying his career-high with nine tackles. Against the Rebels, he recorded four tackles, including one for loss on a fake field goal, to go along with two pass breakups and one interception in the end zone. Lawson, who also had a career-high five pass breakups against Hawai’i (11/2), concluded his season by recording four or more tackles in eight games, and had three games with multiple passes defended.
Utah State concluded the 2013 season with a 21-14 win against 24th-ranked Northern Illinois in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl to finish the year with a 9-5 record and tie the 1960 and 1961 teams for the second-most wins in school history. With its win against Northern Illinois, Utah State posted back-to-back bowl wins for the first time in school history as it played in its third-straight bowl game, also a first at USU.
Utah State, who finished the 2013 season by winning six of its final seven games, also set the school record for conference wins as it posted a 7-1 league mark in its first season in the Mountain West to win the Mountain Division of the conference and advance to the inaugural Mountain West Championship game.
Utah State ended the year ranking tied for 37th nationally in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ polls with two votes each, marking the second time in as many years that USU has concluded the season ranked among the top teams in the nation as the 2012 team was ranked 16th in the final AP poll, 17th in the final coaches’ poll and 22nd in the final Bowl Championship Series (BCS) standings.
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