WORTH NOTING: Two-year returning starter along the offensive line ... earned second-team All-ACC honors in 2000 ... has started 29 games over the last three seasons, including three bowls (1998 Peach Bowl, 1999 Micronpc.com Bowl and 2000 Jeep O’ahu Bowl) ... joins guard Evan Routzahn as two of five offensive linemen in UVa history to start three bowl games ... in 1998, he became just the fourth freshman to start every regular season game on the offensive line since 1982 ... joins tackle Jim Dombrowski (1982), guard Roy Brown (1986) and center Tim Morris (1986) in this exclusive club ... he and Routzahn joined Jeremy Raley as the only freshman offensive linemen to start a bowl game for Virginia ... Raley started at left guard in the 1994 Carquest Bowl ... three-year letter winner ... competing this fall as a first-year graduate student.
HONORS: 2000—Second-team All-ACC. 1998—First-team All-Freshmen team by The Sporting News ... co-recipient of the Bill Dudley Award as Virginia’s most outstanding first-year player.
AT VIRGINIA: 2000—Played in 10 regular season games and against Georgia in the Jeep O’ahu Bowl … did not play against Richmond in the second game of the season due to injury ... began the year in a reserve role at both left guard and left tackle ... started the last eight games of the season at left guard following an injury to the regular starter, Jared Woodson ... helped open holes for Antwoine Womack, the leading rusher in the ACC as Virginia averaged 163.7 yards rushing and 195.5 yards passing per game ... lettered. 1999—Battled an ankle injury late in the season that caused him to miss two games (Florida State, Buffalo) … started the first seven games before getting injured in the N.C. State game … returned against Georgia Tech, but missed the Buffalo game … played in a reserve role vs. Maryland … returned to the starting lineup against Illinois in the Micronpc.com Bowl … injured his knee in the second quarter of the bowl game and did not return to the game … helped clear the way for record-setting tailback Thomas Jones … Virginia featured a balanced offense, averaging 191.5 yards rushing and 211.0 yards passing per game … that marked the second year in a row Virginia averaged more than 400 yards of total offense per game ... lettered for the second time. 1998—Moved into the starting lineup in the preseason when expected starter Jermese Jones went down with an injury … held the position the entire season, starting all 11 regular season games and against Georgia in the Peach Bowl … improved as the season progressed … was instrumental in helping rejuvenate the Virginia rushing attack … the Cavaliers led the ACC in a variety of offensive categories, including rushing yards per game (213.1 ypg), rushing touchdowns (27), yards per rush (5.0), yards per play (6.1) and first downs per game (21.4) … Virginia averaged almost 100 yards more of rushing offense and 75 yards more of total offense in 1998 as compared to 1997 ... Virginia also featured the ACC’s leading rusher, Thomas Jones ... UVa compiled two of the top three offensive outputs in the ACC in 1998, including a league-best 600 yards against Georgia Tech ... UVa also had 556 yards (third in league) against San Jose State ... the ground game posted three of the top five games in the ACC that season, including two of the top three games (446 yards vs. San Jose State and 288 yards vs. Georgia Tech) ... lettered. 1997—Red-shirted ... did not appear in a game ... was in uniform against Richmond, Wake Forest, Florida State and Virginia Tech.
HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year letterman at Gar-Field High School for head coach Tony Labozzetta ... 1996 preseason All-American by PrepStar ... named first-team All-Metro by the Washington Post as a senior ... also earned first-team All-District and All-Region honors ... rated one of the state’s top-25 prospects by the Roanoke Times ... named to the Charlottesville Daily Progress/Lynchburg News & Advance “Gold List” ... team’s Most Valuable Offensive Player as a senior ... team captain ... participated in Virginia East-West All-Star Game and the Chesapeake Classic All-Star game ... also played baseball, basketball and lacrosse at Gar-Field.
PERSONAL: Joshua George Lawson ... born 6-4-79 in Arlington, Va. ... son of Lester and Duanna Lawson ... has one brother, Dusty (19) ... member of the National Honor Society ... recipient of the Gar-Field High School Scholar Athlete Award and the Academic Excellence Award ... nominated for Boys State ... enjoys hunting, fishing and boating ... received his undergraduate degree in sociology in May of 2001.