Brad Lawing

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• Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher named Brad Lawing defensive ends and outside linebackers coach in January 2015 and the veteran assistant coach was a major part of the FSU defense’s success the following fall.

• Lawings presence was felt in 2016 across not only the Florida State team, but the entire nation. Improving the sack total by 15 in his first year, FSU would increase their total by another 19, leading the nation in sacks per game (3.92). Lawing continued to develop standout senior defensive end DeMarcus Walker. Walker would enjoy one of the most dominant seasons by a defensive end in the country, finishing second in the nation in sacks (16.0) and tied for seventh in TFL (21.5). Walker’s standout senior season led him to consensus All-American honors and ACC Defensive Player of the Year. Lawing also made his presence felt through the play of freshman defensive end Brian Burns. Burns finished his true freshman year leading the nation in sacks (9.5), landing him as a freshman All-American (FWAA/ESPN/USA Today). Defensive end Josh Sweat would also display his ability as a pass rusher, finishing the season with 41 tackles, 11.5 TFL, and seven sacks (3rd on team).

• In 2015 under Lawing, Walker emerged as one of the nation’s top defensive ends by leading FSU with 10.5 sacks, 15.5 tackles for loss and an ACC-best four forced fumbles. Walker’s sack total was the most by a Seminole since 2012 and tied for fifth in the ACC. He grabbed All-ACC second team honors. Sweat was also a force on the edge en route to freshman All-America honors after leading the ACC with three fumble recoveries and totaling 41 tackles, 5.0 TFLs, two sacks and an interception. Additionally, redshirt senior Giorgio Newberry saw extensive playing time for the first time in his career and totaled 20 tackles, 3.0 TFLs and six pass breakups, second-most on the team. He signed a free agent contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers following the season.

• In part because of stellar play from the Noles’ defensive ends and outside linebackers, FSU improved across the board in nearly every major defensive category, including finishing in the Top 20 nationally in scoring defense (ninth, 17.8), total defense (19th, 336.9), opponent passer rating (15th, 110.9) and opponent passing TDs (14).

• FSU’s fierce pass rush led to incredible improvement in sacks in 2015. After registering 17 in 2014, the Seminoles totaled 32 sacks in 2015. FSU finished 10-3 in 2015 and advanced to the Peach Bowl.

• Lawing came to Florida State from Florida, where he spent two seasons as assistant head coach and defensive line coach. Before joining the Gators, Lawing worked under Steve Spurrier at South Carolina, Nick Saban at Michigan State, and for one year with Mack Brown at Appalachian State.

• Lawing has overseen the development of some great defensive linemen, including four first-round picks in the last five years. He coached 2014 No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney at South Carolina as well as fellow first-round picks Dante Fowler (2015, No. 3) and Dominique Easley at Florida (2014, No. 29), and Melvin Ingram (2013, No. 18) at South Carolina. Walker was a second round selection of the Denver Broncos in 2017.

• With the Gators, Lawing was instrumental in helping UF finish near the top of the nation and the SEC in total defense in 2013 and 2014. Florida ranked in the Top 20 nationally in scoring defense (21.1), rushing defense (116.2), total defense (329.8) and forced fumbles (10) in 2014. In 2013, Florida ranked eighth in total defense (314.3) and 15th in scoring defense (21.1). In the SEC, the Gators ranked third in rushing defense in 2014 and second in total defense and rushing defense in 2013.

• At South Carolina from 2006-12, Lawing helped the Gamecocks set a school record and led the SEC with 43 sacks in 2012 as Clowney totaled 13 sacks and added 23.5 tackles for loss. In 2010, South Carolina led the SEC and set a then-school record with 41 sacks. From 2008 to 2012, South Carolina finished in the nation’s Top 15 in total defense every year, including a high of No. 3 in 2011. Over that time, the Gamecocks reached a bowl every season and went 11-2 in each of Lawing’s last two seasons with the Gamecocks.

• In 2012, Ingram earned consensus All-America honors, while Clowney was named the SEC Freshman of the Year.

• Before South Carolina, Lawing served as the defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator for North Carolina from 2003-05, at Michigan State from 1999-2002, his initial stint with the Gamecocks from 1989-98, and with Appalachian State from 1983-88.

• With the Spartans in 1999, Lawing worked under head coach Nick Saban as Michigan State finished the season 10-2, 6-2 in the Big Ten and Citrus Bowl champions. Current FSU linebackers coach Bill Miller was the defensive coordinator for the Spartans all four seasons Lawing was on staff.

• At Michigan State, Lawing coached 1999 first team All-American Julian Peterson. The first round draft pick was a five-time Pro Bowler who played 11 years in the NFL. The Spartans set a school-record with 57 sacks in 1999. Lawing also coached future NFL players Robaire Smith, Jace Sayler, Josh Shaw, Matthias Askew and Kevin Vickerson at Michigan State.

• During his initial run with the Gamecocks from 1989-98, Lawing coached three future NFL players in Corey Miller, Gerald Dixon and Henry Taylor, and, as recruiting coordinator, signed defensive end John Abraham, who went on to be a five-time Pro Bowler in the NFL.

• Prior to his first stint with the Gamecocks, Lawing served under Mack Brown with Appalachian State in Brown’s only season in Boone, N.C. Lawing coached the offensive tackles and tight ends in 1983. Lawing was the defensive line coach for the next five years as ASU won back-to-back Southern Conference titles and advanced to the Division 1-AA Playoffs in 1986 and 1987. The Mountaineers entered the playoffs as the No. 1 seed in 1987 and reached the semifinals.

• Appalachian State’s Anthony Downs was named the Southern Conference Player of the Year in 1987. Lawing coached future NFL players Tommy Dawkins and Mike Frier at ASU.

• Lawing has served as the recruiting coordinator for 17 years at three of his stops, including his first time at South Carolina (1989-98), Michigan State (1999-2002), and North Carolina (2003-05). His classes regularly ranked in the Top 25.

• Lawing was born in Frankfurt, Germany, and was a four-year starter at linebacker at Lenoir-Rhyne before graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 1979. He received his master’s degree from Appalachian State in 1985. He was inducted into the Lenoir-Rhyne Sports Hall of Fame in fall of 2015.

• Lawing and his wife, Laura, have two grown children, a son, Will, and a daughter, Susie Hughes, a son-in-law, Thomas Hughes, and three grandchildren: Natalie, Mary Brooks and Claire Hughes. Will is in his fourth year on the Houston Texans staff in the NFL.