Lawrence Timmons

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Lawrence Timmons
Lawrence Timmons 94 in huddle 2013.jpg
Timmons in a huddle in 2013
No. 94     Pittsburgh Steelers
Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-05-14) May 14, 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth: Florence, South Carolina
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 234 lb (106 kg)
Career information
High school: Florence (SC) Wilson
College: Florida State
NFL Draft: 2007 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15
Debuted in 2007 for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 13, 2014
Tackles 715
Sacks 28.0
INTs 9
Forced Fumbles 11
Stats at NFL.com

Lawrence Olajuwon Timmons (born May 14, 1986) is an American football linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was drafted by the Steelers 15th overall in the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at Florida State University.

Early years[edit]

Timmons attended Wilson High School in Florence, South Carolina, where he played football and ran track. In football, he played tight end on offense and linebacker on defense. He was teammates with Justin Durant until his junior season. During his senior year, Timmons registered over 150 tackles and two sacks, while also catching 47 passes for over 800 yards and five touchdowns as a tight end, which earned him all-state first-team honors. He was also awarded as the Defensive Player of the Year and received Super Prep Elite 50 honors. He was also selected to play in the 2003 East-West Shrine Game.

In track & field, Timmons competed in the long jump event, recording a career-best leap of 6.55 meters at the 2003 SCHSL State Championships, where he placed sixth in the finals.[1] He was also a member of the 4x100m and 4x200m relay squads and was timed at 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

Regarded as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Timmons was ranked as the No. 5 outside linebacker prospect in the nation, just behind Brandon Siler.[2] He took official visits to North Carolina, Florida State, Florida, and Tennessee, before committing to the Seminoles.

College career[edit]

In his true freshman year, Timmons played in all 12 games including the Seminoles' Gator Bowl victory over West Virginia, although only limited minutes mainly on special teams and as a backup linebacker. He recorded 12 tackles, 11 of which were unassisted, which ranked second among the Seminole freshmen behind Jae Thaxton. A season-high three tackles came against Alabama–Birmingham.

As a sophomore, Timmons ranked second on the Seminoles' depth chart at strongside linebacker behind Ernie Sims. He played in all 13 games, both at linebacker and on special teams, as well as defensive end in some third-and-long formations. Timmons finished the year with 35 tackles (17 solo), which ranked him third on the team behind Buster Davis and Sam McGrew, as well as three quarterback sacks, which also was third-best among all Seminoles behind Kamerion Wimbley and Marcello Church. His season-best performance came in the ACC Championship Game against Virginia Tech, when he recorded eight tackles, six solo, two quarterback sacks and two QB hurries.

After Sims decided to forgo his senior season, Timmons took over as the starter at strongside linebacker. He had a great season recording 79 tackles and five sacks, and was honored with All-American third-team and All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team. He finished his college career with 126 tackles and eight sacks.

Professional career[edit]

2007 NFL Combine[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 1 in 234 lb 4.63 s 1.56 s 2.69 s 4.32 s 6.92 s 35 in 10 ft 3 in 25 reps
All values from NFL Combine

Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Timmons (94) playing against the Baltimore Ravens in 2008.

Timmons was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers 15th overall in the 2007 NFL Draft.[3][4] In his rookie season, he played in 16 games recording 13 tackles.

2008 NFL Season Timmons' playing time increased during his second season in 2008. He finished the season with 65 tackles, five sacks and an interception. In Super Bowl XLIII he recorded 5 tackles in the 27-23 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.

2009 NFL Season Timmons took over as starter for the 2009 season following the release of Larry Foote, who had wanted out due to Timmons's increasing playing time.[5] Foote would return to the Steelers the following year to be Timmons' backup.

2010 Season In 2010 Timmons had a breakout season for the Steelers and finished off the season as the highest rated ILB per Pro Football Focus. He led the team in tackles with 135, also recording 3 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and 2 interceptions, emerging as a playmaker for the Steeler defense. In 2010, the Steelers finished with the #1 run defense in the league, allowing only 63.2 yards per game and Timmons was a huge part of that being the leading tackler on the team

2011 NFL Season On August 23, 2011, the Steelers gave Timmons a six-year/$50 million contract extension for his performance throughout the 2010 NFL season. His rookie deal expired at the end of the 2010 season and he was a free agent, however the Steelers signed him to an extension after the NFL lockout was resolved..[6] Timmons numbers dropped from the previous season due to him moving from his normal inside linebacker position to outside linebacker, filling in for an injured James Harrison. He still had a solid season recording 93 tackles, 2.0 sacks, 2 FF and an interception.

2012 NFL Season Timmons had yet another solid season, this time recording 106 tackles, 6.0 sacks, 2 FF and a career high 3 interceptions. He also recorded his first career NFL touchdown against the Cleveland Browns on November 25, 2012 intercepting a pass from Brandon Weeden.

2013 NFL Season Timmons turned in another great season for the Steelers leading the team with 126 tackles, 3.0 sacks 2 INT and a FF. This was the 2nd time in the last 3 years he led the team in tackles.

2014 NFL Season Due to the drafting of Ryan Shazier, the Steelers moved Timmons from the mack to the buck linebacker in the Steelers defense. He has handled the transition well, leading the Steelers in tackles through the 1st 9 games of the season with 78 and adding 2.0 sacks as well

NFL season[edit]

Year Team Games Combined Tackles Tackles Assisted Tackles Sacks Forced Fumbles Fumble Recoveries Fumble Return Yards Interceptions Interceptions Return Yards Yards per Interception Return Longest Interception Return Interceptions Returned for Touchdown Passes Defended
2007 PIT 16 13 11 2 0.0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008 PIT 16 65 43 22 5.0 1 1 0 1 89 89 89 0 3
2009 PIT 14 78 56 22 7.0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4
2010 PIT 16 135 96 39 3.0 2 2 0 2 5 3 5 0 9
2011 PIT 16 93 68 25 2.0 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 5
2012 PIT 16 106 75 31 6.0 2 1 1 3 80 27 53 1 5
2013 PIT 16 126 86 40 3.0 1 1 29 2 26 13 23 0 6
Career 110 616 435 181 26.0 12 7 0 9 200 22 89 1 32

[7]

Personal[edit]

Timmons's mother, a huge basketball fan, named Timmons after NBA legend and Basketball Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon by giving him the middle name Olajuwon.[8]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Santonio Holmes
Steelers first-round draft pick
2007
Succeeded by
Rashard Mendenhall