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Lawson Looking to Pick-Up the Pieces
Cajun Redzone Publisher
Posted Aug 17, 2011
Junior WR Javone Lawson began the 2010 season starting for the first six games before injuring his clavicle. During that six game stretch, the “6-1”, 183-pound junior improved his production in each game and looked to be coming into his own as a college receiver. With a new staff in place, Lawson looks to pick-up the pieces this fall and help his team win.
showed signs of becoming one of the Ragin’Cajuns go to guys in the 2010 offense, catching 19 pass receptions for 271 yards and a touchdown before injuring his clavicle. Now he is playing for a new staff and he is ready to pick-up the pieces, and show them he can make plays in the new offense. Is he ready to play in the new offense?
“The biggest adjustment for me has been learning the new offense and knowing what you should be doing on certain plays,” Javone stated. We’ve all had to make some kind of adjustments and come together as a unit to perform. After spring practice, I felt more confident in what I was doing out there and that has transitioned into the fall.”
Before injuring his clavicle, Javone felt like he was just beginning to become a playmaker in the offense. Where does he feel his development is at this point?
“I felt really good last season about how I was performing and understanding my position,” said Lawson. “Now I feel like I’ve gotten on track again and putting everything from last season behind me. I’m focused on this season and what I need to do on the football field to help this team win.”
What has been the difference between what he is being asked to do in the new offense this year, as opposed to last season?
“Our biggest adjustment has been the blocking,” Javone stated. “Last season we did a lot of chop blocking, this season we are being asked to keep our feet and hold our blocks longer in the running game. Asking us to block isn’t really new, but maintaining our blocks instead of trying to cut block the defender is a different technique.”
How has Javone adjusted to the role of being the upperclassmen now that he is being asked to lead by example and help the younger athletes in the receiving core?
“I feel like I’m one of the leaders now at wide receiver and my job is to help get the younger guys ready to play,” Lawson mentioned. “If we come together as a group, focus on the fundamentals every day, then everything will eventually come together for us as a team.”
In Coach Johnson’s offense, does Javone Lawson feel he will still get the opportunity to make plays down the field and not just block?
“Yes sir, our role is to catch the ball and make plays for this offense,” said Javone. “We want to score when the opportunity avails itself and move the chains in this offense. If we aren’t doing that, then we are not going to be part of this offense. It’s really about making plays within the offensive system and getting the ball into the end zone.”
This will be Javone Lawson’s third season playing in the Sun Belt Conference, how does he feel the current Ragin’Cajuns wide-receiver core matchup with the rest of the conference?
“I feel like our receiving core is one best this program has ever had,” Lawson stated. “We are definitely one of the top units in the Sun Belt Conference and we just need to go out there and make plays; the rest will take care of itself on the football field and people will respect us as a unit.”
What are Javone’s personal goals for the 2011 football season?
“I really don’t have many personal goals, my goals are the same as the teams,” said Javone. “I want to win the conference and get to a bowl game; that is something that we haven’t accomplished since I’ve been in this program. That is what I want more then any personal goals, is to win the conference.”
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