|Date of birth:||May 8, 1983|
|Place of birth:||Beaumont, Texas|
|Height:||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight:||250 lb (113 kg)|
|High school:||Houston (TX) Forest Brook|
|NFL draft:||2006 – 6th round – 180th pick|
|Career highlights and awards|
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012
|Stats at NFL.com|
Lawrence Blanchard Vickers, Jr. (born May 8, 1983) is a former American football fullback. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the sixth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football for the University of Colorado Buffaloes.
Lawrence stated playing football as a 7th grader at E. O. Smith Education center in Houston. He started at quarterback under Coach Steven Thompson, until Principal Michael Bledsoe told the coaches, " Lawrence is your biggest, strongest stud, he should be your running back, not the quarterback," and the rest was history. Lawrence enrolled at Phyllis Wheatley prior to transferring to Forest Brook High School. He became a four year letterman at Forest Brook High School in Houston, Texas.
He played for the University of Colorado Buffaloes during his college career. Vickers saw limited playing time as a true freshman in 2002. He saw action in 11 games, including the Alamo Bowl (no starts), seeing time on both offense (at fullback) and on special teams; he was a regular at the end of the year in CU’s Stack-I formation (two fullbacks). He had seven rushes for 25 yards on the year, and also caught one pass for seven yards. In 2003, he played in 11 games on both offense and special teams, started six of those games at FB and finished with 100 yards on 28 carries with one TD. He also finished with 15 receptions for 123 yards and one TD. As a junior in 2004, Vickers started seven games and finished with 63 carries for 252 yards and two TD's, and 28 receptions for 290 yards. He remained the Buffs No. 1 FB and backup RB as a senior in 2005, when he finished with 258 yards and nine TDs on 73 carries and 152 yards and two TDs on 26 receptions. He was an Ethnic Studies/Sociology major.
Vickers was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the 6th round, pick 11 (180th overall) of the 2006 NFL draft. Serving as the team's backup fullback behind Terrelle Smith, Vickers started one game, earning three rushing attempts for two yards and catching six passes for 60 yards. He saw significant time on special teams, having five kick returns for 84 yards. He made his NFL debut versus the New Orleans Saints on September 10.
Vickers took over the fullback position in 2007 and played in every game with 14 starts. He was Jamal Lewis' primary lead blocker, helping him rush for 1,304 yards and 9 touchdowns. He also had 15 carries for 43 yards and 13 receptions for 91 yards and 2 touchdowns. For his efforts, Vickers was named as a second alternate for the 2008 Pro Bowl at fullback.
On August 3, 2011, Lawrence Vickers signed with the Houston Texans.
Vickers was released by Houston on March 13, 2012.
Vickers was signed to a two-year deal by the Dallas Cowboys on March 14, 2012.
The Cowboys waived him on July 12, 2013.
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