Lawrence Guy has blossomed into one of the best defensive linemen in the NFL that many football fans might have not heard of. However, for Sun Devil fans, the name certainly rings a bell, and his recent success at the next level has been something they can take pride in.
The 27-year-old has settled in to the league rather nicely, signing a shiny four-year, $20 million with the New England Patriots this offseason for proof.
Time at ASU
2008: 44 tackles (17 solo), 10 tackles for loss, two sacks, one fumble recovery returned for TD
2009: 37 tackles (20 solo), seven tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, three QB hurries, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery
2010: 41 tackles (14 solo), six tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, two pass breakups
Guy was a two-year starter at ASU. He was named to “several” freshman All-America teams, according to Sun Devil Athletics, and garnered Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 honors in 2008. He was placed on the 2010 Lott Trophy Watch List — an award given to college football’s Defensive IMPACT (Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community, and Tenacity) Player of the Year.
Time in the Pros
2011: Green Bay Packers (drafted in seventh round, 233rd overall pick): placed on injured reserve
2012: Indianapolis Colts: 18 tackles, one sack
2013: Indianapolis Colts (two games): 4 tackles, one pass deflection, one kick blocked
2013: San Diego Chargers (10 games): 16 tackles, three pass deflections, one kick blocked
2014: Baltimore Ravens: 16 tackles, one fumble recovery, one pass deflection
2015: Baltimore Ravens: 46 tackles, 4.5 sacks, one pass deflection, one kick blocked
2016: Baltimore Ravens: 28 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, one kick blocked
Guy is entering what could be considered the prime of his career, and joining forces with arguably the most-recognizable and well-run franchises in the league.
His progression from a member of Green Bay’s practice-squad and seventh-round selection, to waived player, to now multi-million dollar-earning starter has been especially impressive.