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May 09, 2014

Lawrence says suspensions in college were for 'childish behaviors,' but that he's moved on

DeMarcus Lawrence said the main thing teams asked him about were the one-game suspensions at Boise State for breaking team rules.

“They just asked me if I put the BS and the suspensions behind me; my childish behaviors,” he said in a conference call with reporters Friday night. “I let all the teams know that I put my childish behaviors behind me and I’ve moved on and it’s time for me to become a Cowboy, or whoever I was going to become. It’s time for me to grow up and do my duties and play football.”

The Cowboys traded up in the second round to acquire the defensive end, calling his pass-rush skills elite.

Coach Jason Garrett said Lawrence would not have been on the Cowboys’ draft board if they didn’t believe the “childish behaviors” were a thing of the past.

“We feel like those are issues that are in his past,” he said. “He’s the kind of guy we want to bring on our football team.”

Asked what the suspensions were for, Lawrence said, “They were just team violations, really; little things. It really doesn’t matter what they were about, it just matters learning from the things and not repeating my mistakes and moving on.”

Asked why he called them “childish behaviors,” Lawrence said, “It was just me growing up, adjusting to the college life coming from a small town and then college. I had a lot of adjustment to go through. Some of my family dying and I’m up there by myself, nobody to talk to or nothing. I had a lot of stuff on my shoulders and I just had to learn how to take a lot of that aggression and bring it to football.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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