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Lawrence is top 10 at Michigan camp

There was Lawrence of Arabia, and now there’s Lawrence of Ann Arbor.

Perhaps that’s a bit dramatic for what Michael Lawrence did during the University of Michigan’s 2006 Wolverine Football Technique School June 18-22, but the Farragut High School rising senior quarterback ranked among the top 10 quarterbacks from a nationwide field of about 300 [about 1,500 players total] “representing about forty of the fifty states,” Lawrence said.

“I hit every receiver. Throughout the week I felt great, my arm felt great,” Lawrence said on why he graded so high. “At the end of the camp they presented me with a plaque, like [one of] the ten best quarterbacks they evaluated at camp.”

“They evaluated us on our drops and our rollouts, and how we threw the ball.,” he added.

Also included were drills against defensive backs plus film study and tips on how to read defenses.

The quarterback labeled Michigan’s camp “a huge camp,” adding that coaches from across the nation come “to check out the prospects ... to recruit kids from all over the country.”

On how he improved after the camp, “I definitely improved on how I approach the game,” Lawrence said. “Not just the physical stuff, but all the mental stuff it takes to be a great quarterback. ... You’ve got to get your receivers out there, like when there’s not a scheduled practice, and get the timing down.”

Lawrence, 18, said all players were also evaluated on speed and strength, an area where the 6-foot-3, 205-pound rising senior said he’s excelling among fellow FHS players — and former players as well.

“Right now I’ve broken two quarterback records in the weight room,” Lawrence said. “I power-cleaned three-hundred pounds, which beat Nick French’s record of two-fifty. And I squatted four-hundred-thirty, beating like a ten-year-old record.”

“And I’m faster,” Lawrence added about his current time of 4.8 seconds in the 40-yard dash. “I feel like I can throw the ball on the run, an d I can run with the ball.”

A starter late during the 2004 season as a sophomore, Lawrence shared starting quarterback duties with 2005 senior Tyler Powell last fall before giving way to Powell and becoming the back-up midway through the season.

Saying the UM camp included some workouts in Michigan’s famed “Big House,” aka Michigan Stadium, Lawrence added, “The Big House is really big.”


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