Desmond Lawrence: Catch me if you can

Want to catch sight of a really fast wide receiver?

Watch the MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney game, broadcast on ESPN, which will take place on Aug. 31 at Bright House Networks Stadium in Orlando, Fla. That’s when quick-footed Desmond Lawrence, a senior at North Carolina A&T State, will have an opportunity to showcase his blazing speed on a national stage. The Aggies will take on Alabama A&M in this black college football classic, which celebrates its 10th anniversary Labor Day Weekend.

One of the top sprinters in the nation, Lawrence finished 7th in the 100 meters at the NCAA Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Championship, with a time of 10.24. He had clocked a personal-best 10.12 to land a spot in the finals. Lawrence’s performance earned him the honor of becoming the first athlete in North Carolina A&T State history to capture All-American honors in the 100 meters.

The nation has taken notice, and so have his coaches: “I’m proud of the way he competed,” said Duane Ross, North Carolina A&T State's director of track and field programs. “He’s a talented athlete. He loves what he does ... I look forward to seeing him put that speed to work out there on the football field.”

The 5-foot-10, 181-pound senior was A&T’s leading receiver last season, with 37 receptions for 403 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 10.3 yards a catch. Given Lawrence’s abilities, those numbers could increase significantly this season—with lightning speed.