Lawrence Thomas Ready to Make Impact on Michigan State’s Defensive Line
Lawrence Thomas has bounced around positions in his first two seasons at Michigan State. He redshirted as a freshman linebacker before being moved to defensive end heading into preseason camp prior to last season. In the second week of the 2012 season he was moved to the offensive side of the ball where he appeared as a fullback against Central Michigan.
He would stick at fullback for the remainder of the season where he appeared in every game including three starts, accumulating seven catches for 78 yards and three tackles on special teams. Thomas then moved back to the defensive side of the ball as a defensive tackle during the Spartans’ bowl practices. He saw playing time along the defensive front in Michigan State’s win over TCU in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.
At the release of the Spartans’ spring depth chart on March 18, Thomas was listed as the backup defensive tackle behind sixth year senior Tyler Hoover. Listed at 6’3 300 lbs., Thomas has the size and athletic ability to play multiple positions on the line and should see significant playing time as the defensive line positions rotate often.
The one time five star prospect came in with high expectations, and still carries those, but early in his career, Michigan State had plenty of talent up front on defense. With William Gholston leaving early for the NFL Draft and Anthony Rashad White graduating, Michigan State will have to fill the voids left by their departures. Now fully entrenched as a defensive lineman, expect Thomas to start to display the talent that made him such a sought after recruit coming out of high school and help replace the production lost with Gholston and White.