Overview: Lawrence Elliott Jr. plays running back for Bloomsburg University who will be entering his senior year. He has been named All-PSAC East Second team in 2013 and 2014. He is a tough running back who also has the ability to play on special teams. In 2014, he had finished the season with 1,212 all-purpose yards. He also averaged 15.9 per return, making him PSAC leader in punt return average. In 2015, he had 1447 yards, 10 touchdowns, averaging 6.2 per carry. He also averaged 131.5 yards per game. He was also named 2nd Team All Region and 1st team All-PSAC. In 2016, he was named to the NFL Watch List and was also named Preseason All-American.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Lawrence, during which time he told me more about his background, his personality and his overall love for football.
Christa: For the people who do not know your story, how did you wind up choosing Bloomsburg University?
LEJ: Throughout the recruiting in high school I struggled to gain interest from programs from all divisions to receive a scholarship. With the help of my parents I found my way to Bloomsburg University through my uncle that attended in the 1990’s.
C: How do you plan on making yourself stand out and noticed by NFL scouts?
LEJ: Continuing to have a high intensity of love for the game and finding ways to make my team better and dominating at all aspects of my game.
C: What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses?
LEJ: Strengths: Vision, Toughness, Competitiveness, Versatility, Receptiveness
Weaknesses: Blocking but I’m always looking to improve every area of my game.
C: What separates you from the other players at your position?
LEJ: Ability to be versatile and play both running back and receiver.
C: Which current or former NFL player do you think you resemble and why?
LEJ: I would have to say a comparison would be Matt Forte and Le’Veon Bell because they are work horses for their respective teams also receiving ability.
C: Who is the toughest player you’ve ever faced in your college career?
LEJ: Linebacker from Kutztown.
C: When did you first fall in love with playing football?
LEJ: In my senior year of high school when I recorded a personal best of 575 all purpose yards in one game.
C: How do you prepare for game day? Do you have any game day rituals?
LEJ: Purchase a bottle of pedialyte and bottle of coconut water. Also catch passes and kicks previous to kickoff. Get my wrist taped while listening to music and after stretch.
C: What is the most inspirational or powerful thing a coach has ever said to you in your college career?
LEJ: That these memories, brothers you make on the way throughout your career will last forever. Also, you can make a difference to this program and leave your mark in your duration here.
C: As you prepare for the 2017 Draft, what are your goals for your final year of college?
LEJ: My first goal is to leave no regrets and to become an overall great teammate. Second, rush for 2000+ yards w/ 20+ TD’s. Third, make the All American first team. Last but not least make my parents proud and those few who have believed in me since I was young playing this game of football.
Locker Room Update would like to thank Lawrence Elliott Jr. for taking the time to speak with us. We wish him the best of luck as he continues his journey as an NFL 2017 draft prospect.
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