Former Rhode Island wide receiver Harold Buckner III is completing an internship with the URI Sports Communications office. As part of the internship, he has interviewed a handful of his former teammates for a blog series of features for GoRhody.com.
By Harold Buckner III
JaJuan Lawson could be called a lot of things due to his performances on the football field, but one thing he is for sure, going into the 2018 football season, is the starting quarterback for the Rhode Island Rams. I had the opportunity to interview Lawson and ask him a few questions regarding final season as a college football player.
Lawson has a calm and relaxed demeanor about himself that carries onto the football field. When watching him practice over the course of summer camp, one could only notice the great body language he presents. Lawson rarely gets frustrated with himself or his teammates when things go wrong because he knows that's a part of football. If he does, it never shows. He's always very motivated and he brings everyone together which is a great quality to have being the leader of the offense.
"My personal goals are only about the team," Lawson said. "All that matters is how late into the season we are playing. That is the only thing I care about."
That mindset is what every player in the locker room should have in their mind. Playing together as one heartbeat is what it's going to take to win and be successful.
In 2017, Lawson's junior year, He appeared in all 11 games, making five starts at quarterback. Lawson finished the season 105-of-176 for 1,198 yards and seven touchdowns. His 59.7 completion percentage was the fourth-highest single-season percentage in program history. Lawson was also third on the team with 270 rushing yards and tied for second with three rushing touchdowns. With a year in the offense under his belt and most of the offensive weapons from last season returning, expect Lawson to improve on those numbers this season.