Boise State’s Demarcus Lawrence leaves for NFL; Charles Leno gets combine, all-star invites

By Chadd Cripe
ccripe@idahostatesman.com
© 2013 Idaho Statesman

Boise State defensive end Demarcus Lawrence will enter the NFL Draft, he announced Friday on Facebook.

Lawrence, who just completed his junior year, is considered a second- to fourth-round draft pick, an NFL scout told the Idaho Statesman.

Previous Broncos to leave early include left tackle Ryan Clady (first-round pick), cornerback Orlando Scandrick (fifth round) and wide receiver Jeremy Childs (undrafted).

Lawrence leads the Mountain West and ranks ninth in the nation with 10.5 sacks and leads the Mountain West and ranks third in the nation with 20.5 tackles for loss.

Here is the statement he posted on Facebook:

“I am releasing this statement to inform everyone at Boise State University and all of the fans of Bronco Nation of my decision to forgo my final year of eligibility and enter the 2014 NFL Draft.

“For these last two years I have had the honor of being part of the Boise State family and have had an incredibly special group of teammates, coaches, trainers, and staff around me. While Coach Peterson’s decision to take the Washington job had some influence on my decision I felt it was in the best interests of my family and myself to pursue my lifelong dream to become an NFL player.

“It is my hope in making this decision that my coaches, administration, teammates and the Broncos fans continue to support me both through prayer and encouragement in the pursuit of my dreams.

“Thank you all for your time and understanding in this matter and I wish everyone at Boise State University much success.”

Lawrence’s departure will leave Boise State with eight returning starters on defense and 14 overall. Here is my updated look at 2014:

Returning starters
Offense (5): RG Marcus Henry (jr.), RT Rees Odhiambo (jr.), WR Matt Miller (sr.), WR Shane Williams-Rhodes (jr.), RB Jay Ajayi (jr.)
Defense (8): DT Armand Nance (jr.), LB Tanner Vallejo (so.) OR Blake Renaud (sr.), LB Tyler Gray (jr.) OR Ben Weaver (so.), LB Corey Bell (sr.), CB Bryan Douglas (sr.), CB Donte Deayon (jr.), S Jeremy Ioane (sr.), S Darian Thompson (jr.)
Specialists (1): K Dan Goodale (sr.)

Returning stat leaders
Passing: Grant Hedrick 167-of-242, 1,825 yards, 16 TDs, 5 ints.
Rushing: Jay Ajayi 249 carries, 1,425 yards, 18 TDs
Receiving: Matt Miller 88 catches, 1,140 yards, 12 TDs; Shane Williams-Rhodes 77 catches, 702 yards, 6 TDs
Tackles: Ben Weaver 89, Corey Bell 76
Sacks: Beau Martin 4
Interceptions: Donte Deayon 6, Bryan Douglas 4, Darian Thompson 4

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Left tackle Charles Leno Jr., who just finished his senior year, posted his NFL Scouting Combine invitation on Twitter and has accepted a spot in the East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 18 in St. Petersburg, Fla.

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Rocky Mountain High defensive back Khalil Oliver gave a verbal commitment to the Boise State football program in March, but has since re-opened his recruiting after Boise State coach Chris Petersen left for the same job at Washington.

Oliver said Friday he is now considering Boise State, Oregon, Oregon State and Washington. He has official visits planned at Oregon State on Jan. 17 and Oregon on Jan. 24.

“I made the decision to open it back up just to make sure I was going to find the right place where I had a scholarship, because we hadn’t heard (from Boise State) if they were honoring it or not,” Oliver said.

“It was about two weeks until I heard something from the AD and then I heard from (new Boise State) coach (Bryan) Harsin shortly after that they were going to honor (my scholarship), but by then I was already talking to schools and getting interest from them and getting official visits set up.”

Oliver said he hopes to make a decision soon.

“I think if I decide on staying (at Boise State) it will be before I take my trips,” Oliver said. “I guess it all depends on what happens after the dead period.”

— Rachel Roberts


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Chadd Cripe has spent the past 12 years as the Boise State football beat writer. You can follow him on Twitter @IDS_BroncoBeat.

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