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Kenny Lawler
Player Profile:
Kenny Lawler 1250269
Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 195
Year: Junior
Hometown: Pomona, CA
High School: Upland HS
Experience: 2 Letters

Twitter: @k_law2nice | @calfootball
Instagram: bigplay_law | cal_football

Career Stats
Game Logs: 2015 | 2014 | 2013

Lawler finished his collegiate career tied for second on Cal’s all-time list for touchdown receptions and tied for 12th in the Pac-12 with 27 scoring grabs among 143 catches for 1,706 yards receiving over 35 games and 19 starts. Lawler led Cal in both touchdown receptions and overall catches in both his sophomore and junior seasons in 2014 and 2015 while also pacing the club in receiving yards as a junior after co-leading the squad in touchdown receptions as a 2013 redshirt freshman. He capped his collegiate career as a junior with a first-team All-Pac-12 selection when he recorded a career-high 13 touchdown catches to lead the team while ranking second in the Pac-12 and tied for eighth nationally, with the 13 touchdown grabs ranking tied for second on Cal’s all-time single-season list behind only the school-record 14 registered by Sean Dawkins in 1992. He registered career highs of 54 receptions and 701 receiving yards as a sophomore while adding nine touchdown catches

After Cal

  • Announced his intention to declare for the 2016 NFL Draft as an underclassman on January 5, 2016, foregoing his final season of collegiate eligibility at Cal
  • Participated in the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine February 23-29 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis

Cal Career (2012-15)

  • Finished his collegiate career tied for second on Cal’s all-time list for touchdown receptions and tied for 12th in the Pac-12 with 27 scoring grabs among 143 catches for 1,706 yards receiving over 35 games and 19 starts
  • Had at least one catch in 34 of his 35 career games (19 starts) from 2013-15 with the lone exception coming as a 2015 junior at Stanford in a contest in which he saw action in only a single play due to injury
  • Led Cal in both touchdown receptions and overall catches in both his sophomore and junior seasons in 2014 and 2015 while also pacing the club in receiving yards as a junior after co-leading the squad in touchdown receptions as a 2013 redshirt freshman
  • Capped his collegiate career as a junior with a first-team All-Pac-12 selection when he recorded a career-high 13 touchdown catches to lead the team while ranking second in the Pac-12 and tied for eighth nationally, with the 13 touchdown grabs ranking tied for second on Cal’s all-time single-season list behind only the school-record 14 registered by Sean Dawkins in 1992
  • Registered career highs of 54 receptions and 701 receiving yards as a sophomore while adding nine touchdown catches, with his TD grabs ranking tied for sixth on the school’s all-time single-season list to go along with his 13 as a junior that are tied for second
  • Had the biggest single-game receiving number of his career in the season finale of his sophomore campaign against BYU when he recorded career highs and team season highs of 12 catches and 138 yards receiving while equaling his career best and tying a single-game school record with three touchdown receptions, with the 12 receptions also tied for the 10th highest single-game total in school history
  • The only Cal player to have a school-record-tying three touchdown catches in a game four times as he also registered a trio of receiving scores against Arizona as a 2013 freshman, as well as in both the season-opener of his junior season against Grambling State and final game of his collegiate against Air Force in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl to account for four of the total of 16 three-touchdown catch games in school history through 2015
  • Redshirted as a true freshman in 2012
  • Had nine career multi-touchdown reception games, adding two scoring catches against USC as a freshman, vs. Sacramento State and Colorado as a sophomore, and at Texas and vs. Washington State as a junior
  • Posted the longest catch of his career with a 52-yard reception at Washington as a junior
  • Registered at least a share of the team lead in receiving yards 11 times and receptions on six occasions
  • Known for making spectacular catches including one-handed touchdown grabs vs. Sacramento State in 2014 (Pac-12 Freshman No. 5 Play of the Year – All Sports) and Arizona in 2013 (No. 8 ESPN Play of the Day)

Junior (2015)

  • Capped his collegiate career as a with a first-team All-Pac-12 selection when in 13 games played and nine starts he registered 52 receptions to lead the squad for the second straight season and totaled 658 yards receiving with a career-high 13 touchdown catches to lead the team while ranking second in the Pac-12 and tied for eighth nationally
  • The 13 touchdown grabs ranking tied for second on Cal’s all-time single-season list behind only the school-record 14 registered by Sean Dawkins in 1992
  • First Cal receiver to be named All-Pac-12 since Keenan Allen in 2011
  • Helped Cal to an 8-5 record and a victory in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl for the Golden Bears' first winning record and bowl appearance since 2011 as well as first bowl win since 2008
  • Ranked eighth in the Pac-12 in points per game off touchdowns (6.0 ppg)
  • Ranked second on the team with 78 total points and an average of 50.6 yards receiving per game, as well as third on the club with 54 total points, and fourth with 663 all-purpose yards (all receiving)
  • Recorded the longest catch of his career with a 52-yarder at Washington
  • Both opened the season against Grambling State (6-69, 3 TD) and closed the campaign against Air Force in the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl (5-75, 3 TD) with three touchdown catches to mark the third and fourth times in his career he tied Cal’s single-game record for scoring grabs, with his three touchdown receptions against Air Force also tying a Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl single-game record and both games with three touchdown catches among four three-touchdown catch games that tied for the second-highest total in the Pac-12 in 2015
  • Registered season highs of seven catches both at Washington (season-high 112 yards receiving, 1 TD) and at Utah (66 yards receiving) that equaled the most receptions by a Cal player in 2015
  • Had six catches for 105 yards and two touchdowns at Washington State for his tied for third-highest reception total, second-highest yards receiving total and tied for second-highest touchdown reception total of the campaign, while his six receptions for 79 yards and two touchdown catches also gave him his tie for third-highest reception total as well as his tied for third-high touchdown receptions of the season
  • Other receiving numbers came at UCLA (5-32, 1 TD), vs. USC (3-30), at Oregon (2-31), vs. San Diego State (2-34), vs. Arizona State (1-21) and vs. Oregon State (1-21) while he was held without any receiving numbers for the only time in his career at Stanford when he appearanced in only a single play due to injury
  • Added to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List for the first time on October 15 midway through the regular season after he had 34 catches for 465 yards and eight touchdowns in the first half of the regular season before being limited to 13 catches for 188 yards over the final six regular-season games before his productivity return along with his health for the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl
  • Part of a group that made Cal the first college football team in recorded history in the same season to have six receivers with 40 or more catches – Lawler, Darius Powe (47-560, 8 TD), Bryce Treggs (45-956, 7 TD), Stephen Anderson (41-474, 2 TD), Trevor Davis (40-672, 2 TD) and Maurice Harris (40-558, 6 TD) – in addition to three 500-yard rushers – Khalfani Muhammad (87-586, 1 TD), Vic Enwere (106-505, 8 TD) and Tre Watson (89-504, 3 TD)
  • Had a career-high-tying single tackle in three contests vs. San Diego State, at Washington and at Utah
  • Had one reception for three yards in the spring game

Sophomore (2014)

  • Played in 11 games with five starts and led the team with career highs of 54 receptions and 701 yards receiving while adding nine touchdown grabs with the latter tying for the sixth-highest single-season total in school history
  • Ranked second on the team with nine total touchdowns and an average of 63.7 yards receiving per game, as well as third on the club with 54 total points, fourth with 701 all-purpose yards (all receiving) and fifth with an average of 13.0 yards per reception
  • Among conference and national leaders in receiving touchdowns (No. T5 Pac-12, No. T25 NCAA), receiving yards per game (No. 12 Pac-12, No. 75 NCAA), receptions per game (4.9, No. 13 Pac-12, No. T73 NCAA) and receiving yards (No. 14 Pac-12, No. 106 NCAA)
  • Capped a strong finish to the season with career highs and team season highs of 12 receptions, 138 yards receiving and three touchdown catches (tied career high and single-game school record) in season finale against BYU
  • Registered 50 or more yards receiving in seven of his final eight contests, with other 50-yard receiving games coming at UCLA (3-88, TD), at USC (8-86), at Washington State (6-83), vs. Stanford (5-73), vs. Colorado (3-59, 2 TD) and vs. Washington (6-56)
  • Other receiving numbers came at Northwestern (5-38, TD), vs. Sacramento State (3-34, 2 TD), at Arizona (2-29) and in a game in which he was limited due to injury vs. Oregon (1-17)
  • Picked up five of his nine receiving touchdowns in victories to help Cal win three of its first four games, collecting two in home games against Sacramento State and Colorado after getting a single score in the season-opening win at Northwestern
  • Had a game-high four receptions for 30 yards including an eight-yard touchdown catch from Jared Goff in the spring game

Freshman (2013)

  • Played in 11 games with five starts including each of the last three contests, co-leading the team with five touchdown catches among his 37 receptions for 347 yards receiving that were both fourth on the club
  • Shared the team lead with five total touchdowns and was ranked tied for first among non-kickers and tied for second overall in scoring with 30 points
  • Had a single-game school-record-tying and team season-high three touchdown catches against Arizona including a 29-yarder late in the fourth quarter that was his longest catch of the season and pulled Cal to within 34-28 among his season-high-tying six catches for 72 yards as he was named a College Football Performance Awards Wide Receiver of the Week 
  • Also equaled a season-high six catches on three other occasions at Colorado (season-high 81 yards receiving) vs. USC (6-54, 2TD) and vs. Ohio State (6-39)
  • Added other receiving totals at Stanford (3-27), at Oregon (3-17), at Washington (2-21), at UCLA (2-18), vs. Oregon State (1-9), vs. Northwestern (1-7) and vs. Washington State (1-2)
  • Led the team in receiving yards for three consecutive games vs. Arizona, vs. USC and at Colorado with five touchdown catches over the first two games of the span
  • Had a one-handed touchdown grab vs. Arizona that was named the No. 5 play of the year in the Pac-12 in any sport by a freshman by the Pac-12 Networks as well as the No. 8 play of the day by ESPN
  • Played in the spring game but did not have any statistics

Freshman (2012)

  • Redshirted
  • Did not play
  • Cal’s No. 8 recruit prior to the season according to Athlon, while Phil Steele had him as the nation’s No. 44 freshman wide receiver

Upland HS (Class of 2012)

  • A Prepstar All-American for his play during a 2011 senior season in which he caught 53 passes for 1,267 yards and 12 touchdowns to lead both the Southern Section and the Baseline League
  • Other honors as a senior included first-team All-State (MaxPreps), second-team All-State (ESPN High School California), first-team All-Southern Section, All-Southland (Los Angeles Times), All-Inland Valley, All-Inland Division and All-Baseline League
  • Had nine of his 12 TD catches as a senior over his final four games
  • Senior squad was 12-1 overall, reached the Southern Section Inland Division semifinals and was the Baseline League champs with a 5-0 conference record
  • Also contributed 38 tackles, three interceptions, four passes defended, one blocked punt, three kick returns for 32 yards and one punt return for 11 yards as a senior
  • Played in the California Prep All-Star Game and the Inland Empire All-Star Classic following his senior season
  • Registered 42 catches for 887 yards and nine TDs as a 2010 junior when his squad was 8-4 overall and advanced to the second round of the Southern Section Inland Division playoffs
  • Also rushed six times for 86 yards, completed the only pass he attempted for 33 yards and added 19 tackles, one interception, one pass defended and four kick returns for 150 yards as a junior
  • Contributed 17 receptions for 307 yards and a touchdown catch, as well as two kick returns for 45 yards as a 2009 sophomore playing for a 12-2 squad that won both its first seven and last five contests

Recruiting Rankings (Class of 2012)

  • A four-star recruit according to ESPN, Prepstar, Rivals and Scout, while 247Sports gave him three stars
  • Ranked as high as No. 33 nationally by Rivals among the nation’s top wide receivers, while ESPN and Scout had him at No. 42 and 247Sports at No. 73
  • Ranked as the nation’s No. 219 overall player according to 247Sports, while Rivals had him at No. 222
  • Ranked No. 36 overall in California/Hawaii/Nevada according to SuperPrep
  • The No. 32 overall recruit in California by Rivals, while ESPN had him at No. 34 and 247Sports at No. 54

Other

  • Full name is Kenneth James Lawler Jr.
  • Born June 25, 1994
  • Parents are Kenneth Lawler Sr. and Patricia Hicks
  • Major is sociology

Lawler's Career Game Highs
Receptions: 12 (vs. BYU, 2014)
Receiving Yards: 138 (vs. BYU, 2014)
Receiving TDs: 3 (four times, last vs. Air Force, Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, 2015)
Long Reception: 52 (at Washington, 2015)
All-Purpose Yards: 138 (vs. BYU, 2014)
Points: 18 (four times, last vs. Air Force, Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, 2015)
Tackles 1 (three times, last at Utah, 2015)

Last Updated
February 27, 2016

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