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Trevor Laws, DE

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 304 | College: Notre Dame
 
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Overview

Trevor Laws found a home at left defensive end during his senior year in the Fighting Irish 3-4 defensive alignment after spending his first three seasons manning the left defensive tackle position in a conventional 4-3 set.

He proved to be a disruptive bull rusher who compensated for a lack of size with a relentless motor and excellent lateral agility.

Many Irish faithful compare Laws to a former Notre Dame great, Chris Zorich, a two-time All-American (1989-90) who was named United Press International Lineman of Year for 1989 and was chosen CBS Sports/Chevrolet Defensive Player of the Year for 1990, in addition to being the 1990 Lombardi Award recipient. Law has also excelled on special teams, finishing his career by blocking six kicks over the course of his final three seasons.

At Apple Valley High School, Laws earned USA Today and ESPN first-team All-American honors as a defensive lineman. He was rated the top prospect in the state of Minnesota by Rivals.com and was generally rated the number-two defensive tackle in the nation. He added All-Midwest honors from the Detroit Free Press and was selected Gatorade Player of the Year in Minnesota. He was rated 41st on ESPN's list of the nation's top 100 players and named to the 10-member Super Prep team by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

The Minnesota Lions Club Athlete of the Year and member of the Minnesota Vikings All-State team recorded 87 tackles (17 for loss) and 11 sacks as a senior in 2002. He also played offensive tackle and guard. He posted 85 tackles, 10 sacks and 25 stops for loss as a junior in 2001, continuing to play on both sides of the ball. He was chosen to play in the Minnesota All-State Bowl.

Laws was also invited to play in U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio but declined because of a wrestling commitment. He finished 49-0 as a state champion super-heavyweight wrestler as a junior and was ranked as the No. 1 high school wrestler in the nation. He finished his wrestling career as a three-time All-American with a record of 142-5 and helped his wrestling team win the state title as a sophomore, junior and senior.

Laws served as team captain in both football and wrestling as a senior. He was named an Academic All-State wrestler in 2002. In track and field, he had a top shot put mark of 58 feet. He was also a member of the National Honor Society and a peer mediator in high school.

Laws committed to Notre Dame after his high school junior year, spurning scholarship offers from Iowa, Miami, Michigan, Ohio State, Stanford and Southern California. He sat out the 2003 campaign with the Irish and then played as a reserve defensive tackle in 12 games during the 2004 season. He went on to produce 17 tackles (eight solo), a sack and two stops for losses. He also broke up two passes, recovered a fumble and caused another.

The sophomore lineman took over left defensive tackle duties in 2005, sharing the West-wood One/State Farm Student-Athlete of the Year Award with offensive guard Dan Santucci thanks to his 3.15 grade-point average. He totaled 33 tackles (eight solo) with 1.5 sacks, three stops behind the line of scrimmage and a trio of quarterback pressures. He also blocked a pair of kicks.

In 2006, Laws played left defensive tackle and served on the team's leadership committee. He registered 62 tackles (22 solo), as he came up with 9.5 stops for losses, including 3.5 sacks. He added a pair of pressures while picking off a pass and batting away another. He also caused and recovered a fumble while blocking the third kick for his Irish career.

As a senior, Laws earned All-American third-team and Academic All-American second-team honors. He was named the Notre Dame Monogram Club Most Valuable Player and received the Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley Rockne Student-Athlete Award. He shifted to left defensive end, leading the team with a career-high 112 tackles (53), as he was the only down lineman to rank among the nation's top 100-tackle producers in the major college ranks during 2007.

Laws blocked a career-high three kicks and deflected five passes in his final season. He recovered two fumbles, registered a team-high four sacks with seven pressures and also paced the Irish with eight stops behind the line of scrimmage.

Laws appeared in 49 games for the Irish, starting 25 contests at left defensive tackle and 12 at left end. He recorded the most tackles by a down lineman in the last 26 years, finishing with 224 hits (91 solo), 10 sacks for minus-76 yards, 22.5 stops for losses of 112 yards and 12 quarterback pressures. He caused two fumbles, recovered four others and had nine pass deflections with one interception. He also blocked six kicks.

Analysis

Positives: Has a shorter-than-ideal frame, but has a thick bone structure with long arms, large hands, wide waist and hips, thick thighs and calves, very good chest, shoulder and arm muscle development … Has outstanding strength, evident in his hand punch, and excels at using his upper-body power to slap away reach blocks on a consistent basis … Physical bull rusher who plays with a non-stop motor … Has a sudden burst off the snap and is constantly working his hands to gain position in attempts to split double teams … Plays at a low pad level, showing the lateral range to make plays down the line … Has the functional speed to pressure the pocket and takes good angles to close once he gains penetration … Despite his size, he would be a nice fit for the three-technique due to his natural quickness flowing to the ball, hand placement and lower-body strength that he uses to get off the snap to collapse the pocket … Showed marked improvement as a pass rusher, using a quick swim move to gain advantage over the outside shoulder fo a lineman … Quick enough to slant and has a nifty spin move when locked on … Has the functional strength to anchor and is combative vs. combo blocks (just needs to keep blockers off his body to have success) … Showed better ability at left end than inside in attempts to get in the gaps and disrupt the pocket … Plays quick, not fast, but does a good job of reading and reacting to blocks and movement when he is on the move than when anchoring inside … When he locates the ball, he will flash good reaction and urgency to close on the play … Better playing on the move than when sitting and reading … Has the functional burst to catch ballcarriers from behind … As a "three" technique, he is much better controlling inside action when he keeps his pads down … Can split the double teams from the B-gap, but will struggle some in the A-gap … Uses his hands effectively to control and shed (when blockers latch on to him first, he will get washed out of the play) … When he chases from sideline to sideline, he refuses to give up on a play … Has some problems getting through traffic, but gives good chase from the back side … Does best on twists and games as a pass rusher and can generate a surge on the pocket … Does a nice job of getting his hands up to deflect passes or block kicks … Showed as a senior that he has learned how to throw a lot of motion at blockers to get a push off the snap … Likes to power through blocks, but has improved a bit with his attempts to maintain separation and get rid of the blocker with arm-over action on the pass rush … Takes dead aim on the quarterback once he beats the blocker off the line and has the burst to bend and close coming off edge (will struggle when having to shoot inside gaps and is better when on the outside shoulder of the blocker).

Negatives: Has a strong hand punch and does a good job with his swim move to slip past offensive linemen, but while he keeps his hands active, he struggles to disengage when blockers get their hands into his jersey … Plays with good field vision, but his lack of height causes him to get caught up in trash, losing sight of the ball when playing in a crowd … Size issues hurt him when playing in the gap, making him a liability at nose guard … Has a feel for pressure, but doesn't react to it all of the time … Shows only adequate ability to control the line of scrimmage and anchor (gets blocked one-on-one inside and does not shed quick enough to recover) … Doesn't use natural leverage and when he gets too narrow in his base, he shows marginal ability to defeat blocks … Is an adequate pass rusher at the "three" technique, but struggles inside as a zero- or one-tech bull rusher … Gets good hand position and uses them for leverage but, despite decent strength, he doesn't play strong enough to hold off blockers or anchor inside.

Compares To: KELLY GREGG-Baltimore … Like Gregg, Laws was a standout wrestler during his prep days and uses that physical nature and active hands to compensate for a lack of size. He will struggle to penetrate from the A-gap, but is a disruptive defender with a good feel for blocking pressure. He has the strong anchor to stack and shed and with his upper-body strength, he has become very good at driving the ballcarrier back through the rush lane. A classic overachiever, size limits Laws as a gap player, but he has the lateral range and good concept for taking angles to be disruptive once he slips into the backfield.

Career Notes

Laws finished his career at Notre Dame with 224 tackles, the sixth-best career total by a Notre Dame defensive lineman and the most since Chris Zorich registered 219 tackles (1988-90) … Laws and Zorich are the only down linemen in the last 27 years to record over 200 tackles during their careers … His 112 tackles in 2007 was one shy of the school record for down linemen, topped only by Steve Niehaus (113 in 1975) … Laws is the first Irish player to registered over 100 tackles in a season since Melvin Dansby (103) in 1997 and joined Niehaus, Ross Browner (104 in 1977) and Jeff Weston (101 in 1975) as the only Irish defensive linemen to record over 100 tackles in a season … His 17 tackles vs. Air Force in 2007 were the most for an Irish defensive lineman since Melvin Dansby had 18 vs. Navy in 1997.

2007 Season

All-American third-team and Super Sleeper Team choice by The NFL Draft Report … Named the Notre Dame Monogram Club Most Valuable Player and received the Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley Rockne Student-Athlete Award … Academic All-American second-team and Academic All-District V first-team choice by ESPN/CoSIDA … Served as one of four team captains, earning Irish Most Valuable Player honors … Led the team with a career-high 112 tackles (53 solo), as he was the only down lineman in the major college ranks to post 100 or more tackles during the 2007 season … Led the Irish with four sacks for minus-31 yards, eight stops for losses of 44 yards and seven quarterback pressures … Recovered two fumbles and deflected five passes … Also blocked three kicks while starting all 12 games at left defensive tackle in the team's new 3-4 defensive alignment.

2007 Game Analysis

Georgia Tech … In his first game at left defensive end, Laws totaled nine tackles (three solo) with a pressure, as he also blocked the fourth kick of his career, batting down a Tech 29-yard field goal try late in the first quarter … Head to Head Competition-OT#53-A.J. Smith (6:07-302).

Penn State … Laws delivered ten tackles (6 solos) and deflected a third-&-11 Anthony Morelli pass early in the second quarter, forcing PSU to punt … Also recovered a fumble by Morelli on a 7-yard run at the PSU 44 with 0:22 left in the first half … Head to Head Competition-OT#73-Dennis Landolt (6:04-306).

Michigan … The left defensive end posted seven tackles (4 solos) with 1.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage, including one that took down tailback Mike Hart for a 2-yard loss at the UM 29 on the first series of the second half … Head to Head Competition-OT#52-Stephen Schilling (6:05-298).

Michigan State … Laws collected nine assisted tackles with two pressures and deflected a pass while also recovering a fumble by QB Brian Hoyer at the MSU 9 to set up a 1-yard touchdown run by the Irish's Travis Thomas five minutes into the game … Head to Head Competition-OT#79-Jesse Miller (6:06-312).

Purdue … Followed with six tackles (5 solos), an 11-yard sack and three stops behind the line of scrimmage … Tackled receiver Dorien Bryant for an 8-yard loss on a reverse and on the next play, Laws sacked QB Curtis Painter for an 11-yard loss on a late first quarter series … Head to Head Competition-OT#61-Zach Jones (6:05-300).

UCLA … Laws broke up two passes and made five tackles, deflecting a second-&-goal toss by QB Ben Olson midway through the first quarter … At the start of the second quarter, he sacked Olson on third-&-16 for a 9-yard loss at the UCLA 12 … Head to Head Competition-OT#68-Brian Abraham (6:06-298).

Boston College … Laws was credited with eleven tackles (4 solos) and blocked a BC 34-yard field goal with 9:50 remaining before halftime … Head to Head Competition-OT#74-Anthony Castonzo (6:07-262).

Southern California … Registered nine tackles (3 solos) with a pressure and assisted in stopping tailback Joe McKnight for a 2-yard loss at midfield five minutes into the game … Head to Head Competition-OT#60-Drew Radovich (6:05-307).

Navy … Laws came up with fifteen tackles (8 solos), taking down Eric Kettani for no gain on a third-&-1 run midway through the first quarter … Head to Head Competition-OT#66-Paul Bridger (6:03-288).

Air Force … Produced a career-high seventeen tackles (6 solos) and broke up one pass … On back-to-back goal-line plays, he stopped Chad Hall for no gain during Air Force's game-opening drive … Record Watch-With his eighth tackle in the game, Laws eclipsed 200

stops for his career … His 17 tackles were the most for an Irish defensive lineman since Melvin Dansby had 18 vs. Navy in 1997 … Head to Head Competition-OT#74-Chris Monson (6:04-255).

Duke … Delivered six tackles (3 solos) with a pair of pressures, including one that saw QB Thaddeus Lewis throw a third-&-10 incomplete pass, forcing Duke to punt on the first series of the fourth quarter … Also sacked Lewis for a 3-yard loss at the Duke 20 with 12:32 left in the game … Head to Head Competition-OT#70-Fred Roland (6:08-313).

Stanford … Closed out his career with eight tackles (6 solos) and a pressure, as he blocked a first quarter 48-yard field goal that he recovered … On Stanford's next series, he sacked QB Tavita Pritchard at the Cardinal 5 for an 8-yard loss … Head to Head Competition-OT#63-Chris Marinelli (6:07-304).

2006 Season

Started all 13 games at left defensive tackle … Finished fifth on the team with 62 tackles (22 solo), and posted 3.5 sacks for minus-24 yards, 9.5 stops for losses of 40 yards and a pair of quarterback pressures … Recovered and caused a fumble … Deflected one pass, intercepted another and blocked one kick.

2006 Game Analysis

Made three tackles in the season-opener vs. Georgia Tech … Had one tackle for loss (seven yards) and a pass breakup vs. Penn State … Recorded a season-best 10 tackles, three solo and one for loss (three yards), vs. Michigan … Made seven tackles (five solo), including two for loss (12 yards) and one sack (eight yards) vs. Michigan State … Had eight tackles (4 solos), including a tackle for loss (six yards) and half of sack (5 yards) vs. Stanford … Added four tackles, 1.5 for loss (two yards) vs. UCLA and had four tackles, two for loss (nine yards) and one sack (eight yards) in the win over Navy … Posted seven tackles in the win at Air Force and came up with seven tackles (all assists) in the win over Army.

2005 Season

Moved into the starting lineup at left defensive tackle … Registered 33 tackles (eight solo), 1.5 sacks for minus-13 yards, three stops for losses of 17 yards, three quarterback pressures, one pass deflection and two blocked field-goal attempts … Shared the Westwood One/State Farm Student-Athlete of the Year Award with offensive guard Dan Santucci thanks to his 3.15 grade-point average.

2005 Game Analysis

Assisted on two tackles and was credited with a pressure vs. Michigan State … Had two solo tackles and blocked a field goal in the win at Purdue … Made three tackles (1 solo), including one sack (nine yards) vs. Southern California and posted nine tackles (1 solo) with a stop for a 2-yard loss vs. Brigham Young … Registered three tackles (2 solos) vs. Tennessee and had six tackles in the win over Navy … Credited with a big outing in the win over Syracuse with three tackles, one stop for a loss of 6 yards, an assist on a quarterback sack (four yards) and a pressure … Added two tackles (both assists) in the win over Stanford and followed with one tackle and blocked a field goal vs. Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl.

2004 Season

Played in all 12 games as a reserve defensive tackle … Came up with 17 tackles (eight solos), an eight-yard sack and two stops for losses of two yards … Caused and recovered a fumble … Also deflected two passes.

2004 Game Analysis

Had a sack vs. Brigham Young that resulted in an eight-yard loss … Made four tackles with a stop for a three-yard loss vs. Michigan … Broke up a pass in the Michigan State game and had two tackles and recovered a fumble that he forced vs. Washington … Delivered two tackles vs. Navy and assisted on one tackle each in the Tennessee, Purdue and Washington games.

2003 Season

Redshirted as a freshman.

Injury Report

No injuries reported, but had an undisclosed injury while redshirting in 2003.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.97 in the 40-yard dash … 420-pound bench press … Bench pressed 225 pounds 30 times … 600-pound squat … 33-inch vertical jump … 9'0" long jump … 32 1/2-inch arm length … 9 3/4-inch hands … Right-handed … 30/39 Wonderlic score.

High School

Attended Apple Valley (Minn.) High School, playing football for head coach Mike Fritze … Earned USA Today and ESPN first-team All-American honors as a defensive lineman … Rated the top prospect in the state of Minnesota by Rivals.com and was generally rated the No. 2 defensive tackle in the nation … Added All-Midwest honors from the Detroit Free Press and was selected Gatorade Player of the Year in Minnesota … Rated 41st on ESPN's list of the nation's top 100 players and named to the 10-member Super Prep team by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune … The Minnesota Lions Club Athlete of the Year and member of the Minnesota Vikings All-State team recorded 87 tackles (17 for loss) and 11 sacks as a senior in 2002 … Also played offensive tackle and guard … Posted 85 tackles, 10 sacks and 25 stops for loss as a junior in 2001, continuing to play on both sides of the ball … Chosen to play in the Minnesota All-State Bowl … Was also invited to play in U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio but declined because of a wrestling commitment … Finished 49-0 as a state champion super heavyweight wrestler as a junior and was ranked as the No. 1 high school wrestler in the nation … Finished his wrestling career as a three-time All-American with a record of 142-5 and helped his wrestling team win the state title as a sophomore, junior and senior … Served as team captain in both football and wrestling as a senior … Named an Academic All-State wrestler in 2002 … In track and field, he had a top shot put mark of 58 feet … Member of the National Honor Society and a peer mediator in high school.

Personal

Graduated in May 2007 from the Mendoza College of Business with a degree in Marketing and Sociology … Earned a 3.583 grade-point average during the 2007 spring semester and finished with a 3.220 cumulative average … Presently enrolled in graduate studies … Born Trevor David Laws on 6/14/85 in Dayton, Ohio … Resides in Burnsville, Minnesota.

 
 

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