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SJSU Jarrod Lawson Feature – GetSportsFocus Football 2013

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Posted October 31, 2013 by in

GetSportsFocus.com – The Spartans worry came early in the season when most of their depth was beginning to deplete with injuries. The buzz around the San Jose State football community was the season was being questioned due to the amount of veteran injuries on the Spartan roster.
Although the transition is a work in progress, the focus quickly began to shift to being all eyes on the young Spartans. The Spartan passing game was not a concern with QB David Fales, however, a big worry coming off of last year was the running game. After injuries to running backs to Tyler Irvin and Jason Simpson – the depth chart became thin, but who would have known there were such hidden gems within the Spartan depth charts.
A star in the making and someone special in the back field on offense is redshirt freshman Jarrod Lawson. A San Jose native, Lawson said San Jose State University was not on his radar. The idea of being a Spartan became more realistic when Coach MacIntyre’s son was the quarterback for his high school team at Valley Christian. A standout in the classroom and a rock on the field — the Valley Christian athlete came to San Jose State as a walk-on.
Lawson began the 2013 season so low on the depth charts that Coach Caragher was not sure he would see much playing time. As the injuries continued to grow, so did the idea of putting the player, who cannot be taken down, into the game. Ever since Lawson was given he chance to play — he has shined and has not looked back. As a walk-on student athlete at a Division 1 university, Lawson has been turning heads and has become a favorite within the Spartan community. His hard-hitting, cannot take-him-down attitude is one the exemplifies all the characteristics of a true Spartan.
As the weeks continue, Lawson is getting more touches on the ball — and since the Hawaii game, he has carried the ball a total of 55 times for 315 yards. In games where Jarrod has carried the ball ten times or more, the Spartans are an undefeated 3-0.
Heads really began to turn against the University of Hawaii when Lawson tallied his first career touchdown. The next week he stepped out wide to play receiver and took another TD in for 83 yards — the longest touchdown in Fales’ career so far. Also, against Wyoming — Lawson led the Spartans with 25 carries for 128 yards.
This young Spartan is one of many underclassman stepping up and playing big for this bowl-hopeful team. Lawson may be young, but it is only helping this Spartan athlete to turn more heads to finish out the 2013 season and the years to come.

Special Thanks to:
SJSU Athletics
Jarrod Lawson Family

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produced by SportsFocus Production
written by: Angela Santoro
video by: ALF Joaquin
editor: ALF Joaquin


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Alforde Joaquin

ALF’s passion for shooting and editing has earned him several awards including an Edward R. Murrow Award in 2006 for Videography. He was also a nominee for the National Edward R. Murrow Award for Videography. A 6-time Emmy recipient for five different categories: Director/Producer, Videography, Editing, Feature Segment and Sound Mixing, Alf has produced over 1,000 video segments and is committed to developing GetSportsFocus as one of the best sports video magazine on the web.

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