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Kenneth James Lawler, Jr. (born June 25, 1994) is an American football wide receiver for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the seventh round, 243rd overall, of the 2016 NFL Draft. He played college football at California.

Kenny Lawler
No. 89 – Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1994-06-25) June 25, 1994 (age 25)
Pomona, California
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:203 lb (92 kg)
Career information
High school:Upland (CA)
College:California
NFL Draft:2016 / Round: 7 / Pick: 243
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

Early yearsEdit

Lawler attended Upland High School in Upland, California. He had 53 receptions for 1,267 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior and 42 receptions for 887 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior. Lawler was rated by Rivals.com as four-star recruit and committed to the University of California, Berkeley to play college football.[1]

College careerEdit

Lawler redshirted his first year at California in 2012 after he was ineligible the first six weeks while NCAA looked into some independent-study classes he had taken. He considered transferring in the offseason due to the firing of head coach Jeff Tedford, but chose to stay at California after meeting with the newly hired head coach Sonny Dykes.[2]

In 2013, he played in 11 games with five starts and had 37 receptions for 347 yards and five touchdowns. As a sophomore, he again played in 11 games with five starts and led the team with 54 receptions for 701 yards and nine touchdowns.[3] As a junior, Lawler had 52 receptions for 658 yards and 13 touchdowns over 13 games. After his junior season, Lawler entered the 2016 NFL Draft.[4][5]

Professional careerEdit

Prior to the 2016 NFL Draft, Lawler had been projected by NFL scouts and analysts to be a middle-round pick.[2][6] Lawler slid in part due to his leaner frame and his slower 40-yard dash time.[2]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad
6 ft 2 in
(1.88 m)
203 lb
(92 kg)
33 38 in
(0.85 m)
10 12 in
(0.27 m)
4.64 s 4.20 s 7.13 s 31 in
(0.79 m)
9 ft 3 in
(2.82 m)
All values from NFL Combine.[6]

Seattle SeahawksEdit

On April 30, 2016, the Seattle Seahawks selected Lawler with a seventh round pick, 243rd overall in the 2016 NFL Draft.[7][8] On May 6, 2016, the Seahawks announced that they had signed Lawler to his rookie contract.[9] On September 3, 2016, he was released by the Seahawks as part of final roster cuts and was signed to the practice squad.[10][11] He signed a reserve/future contract with the Seahawks on January 16, 2017.[12] On September 2, 2017, Lawler was waived by the Seahawks and was later signed to their practice squad.[13][14] He was released by the team on September 13, 2017.[15]

BC LionsEdit

The BC Lions announced on May 9, 2018 they had signed Lawler to a contract, along with four other wide receivers.[16]

Winnipeg Blue BombersEdit

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers signed Lawler to their practice roster on October 22, 2018. Lawler became a regular contributor for the Blue Bombers during the 2019 season, with his breakout game coming in a loss against Hamilton, where he caught 10 passes for 144 yards.[17] As the leading receiver on the team in yards, Lawler helped the Bombers to their first Grey Cup win in 29 years, when they won the 107th Grey Cup at the end of the 2019 season.[18][19]

StatisticsEdit

Receiving   Regular season   Playoffs
Year Team Games Rec Yards Avg Long TD Games Rec Yards Avg Long TD
2019 WPG 16 63 637 14.8 54 4 3 8 126 15.6 30 1
CFL totals 16 63 637 14.8 54 4 3 8 126 15.6 30 1

Personal lifeEdit

Lawler Jr. recently had a son, Kenneth James Lawler II. Lawler's siblings; Perri, Sydney and Kenzel. Younger brother is a Junior at Roosevelt High School, QB on Varsity. Lawler's mother, Patricia Hicks works in the medical field and his father is Kenneth Lawler Sr.,who played college football as a cornerback at Oregon and later became a coach at Mt. Sac Junior College, went on to coach at Boise State and now at San Bernardino Valley College. With his wife, Mary, combined have six children.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kenny Lawler". Rivals.com. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d Condotta, Bob (June 8, 2016). "Kenny Lawler not taking easy plays, or status with Seahawks, for granted". Seattle Times. Retrieved June 10, 2016.
  3. ^ Letourneau, Connor (September 10, 2015). "Cal's Kenny Lawler matures into prized target". sfgate.com. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
  4. ^ Faraudo, Jeff (January 5, 2016). "Cal receiver Kenny Lawler entering NFL draft". sfgate.com. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
  5. ^ Letourneau, Connor (January 5, 2016). "Cal's Kenny Lawler to declare for NFL draft". sfgate.com. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
  6. ^ a b "WR - Kenny Lawler - California, Pac-12", NFL.com, retrieved May 6, 2016
  7. ^ "2016 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2019-02-25.
  8. ^ Kelly, Danny (April 30, 2016). "NFL Draft Results: Seahawks select Kenny Lawler with 7th round pick, 243 overall". FieldGulls.com. SBNation. Retrieved May 6, 2016.
  9. ^ Henderson, Brady (May 6, 2016). "Seahawks sign 9 of 10 draft picks; 13 UDFA signings announced". MyNorthwest.com. ESPN. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  10. ^ "Seattle Seahawks Set 53-Man Roster, Trade For Defensive Backs L.J. McCray And Dewey McDonald". Seahawks.com. September 3, 2016. Archived from the original on August 6, 2017.
  11. ^ "Seahawks Make Roster Moves And Sign Eight Players To Practice Squad". Seahawks.com. September 5, 2016.
  12. ^ "Seahawks Sign 10 Players To 2017 Future Contracts". Seahawks.com. January 16, 2017.
  13. ^ Drovetto, Tony (September 2, 2017). "Seahawks Make Three More Trades, Set 53-Man Roster". Seahawks.com. Archived from the original on October 9, 2017.
  14. ^ Lewis, Derek (September 9, 2017). "Seahawks switch Cyril Grayson with Kenny Lawler on PS". 247sports.com.
  15. ^ Drovetto, Tony (September 13, 2017). "Seahawks Make Practice Squad Roster Moves". Seahawks.com.
  16. ^ Chidley, David (2018-05-09). "Kevin Elliott among five receivers signed by Lions". CFL.ca. Retrieved 2018-05-09.
  17. ^ Paul Friesen (October 2, 2019). "Lawler coming off near-perfect game". Winnipeg Sun.
  18. ^ Paul McKay (November 26, 2019). "Reflection of champions: Blue Bombers' players savouring the Grey Cup". CTV Winnipeg.
  19. ^ "For the Grey: Bombers End Cup Drought with Win Over Ticats". CFL. November 26, 2019.

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