Shawn Lawson - Football - University of Kentucky Athletics 49


  • position Defensive End
  • height 6-3
  • Weight 220
  • class Freshman
  • Hometown Jonesboro, Ga.
  • High school Jonesboro

2020 – Junior

  • Practiced with the team
  • Named to SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll
  • Named to the Frank G. Ham Society of Character for commitment to academics, athletic participation, career preparation and being a role model¬†

2019 – Sophomore

  • Saw his first collegiate action vs. UT Martin and charted a tackle
  • Named to SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll

2018 – Freshman

  • Practiced with the team
  • First-Year SEC Academic Honor Roll

High School

  • A two-way player as an offensive lineman and defensive end for head coach Detimothy Floyd at Jonesboro
  • Named to the All-Clayton County Football Second Team in 2017 as a top-graded offensive lineman for run-first offense
  • Earned the Chick-Fil-A Leadership Award as a senior
  • Teammate of CB Jordan Griffin
  • Two-year letterwinner in wrestling and basketball
  • Finished first in the area and 10th in sectionals as a senior wrestler
  • National Honor Society
  • Graduated in the top 10 percent of his class, earning a Red Cross Scholarship
  • Chose Kentucky over Georgia State and Mississippi State

Community Cats

  • Volunteered to pack food at God’s Pantry (2019 and 2020)
  • Volunteered at LexCity Church
  • Volunteered at Brenda Cowan Elementary
  • Boxed food for families as the Belk Bowl soup kitchen
  • Donated food to UK Food Pantry and clothes to the UK Closet
  • Volunteered as a peer advocate, reaching out to students to check on their mental health


  • Born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Son of Christine Lawson and John Lawson
  • Siblings are Latasha Lawson Calloway and John Lawson
  • Major is sociology

Shawn Says

  • He chose Kentucky because the people were kind and helpful
  • His hidden talent is playing the trombone
  • One word to describe him on the field is “progress”
  • After his football career, he would like to go into astronomy and astrophysics
  • The one thing he loves about football is the discipline it builds
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