Offensive linemen may be the smartest guys on the field, considering nobody ever wants to tackle them.
Patrick Lawrence fits the smart guy bill. The junior right tackle out of Waxahachie has been named to both the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll and the All-Big 12 Academic Team for his work in the classroom, as a supply chain management major.
On the field, Lawrence has 17 career starts to his credit, which ties him with guard Blake Blackmar as the most experienced lineman on the Baylor team. Yet before he ever started playing football, Lawrence was a competitive swimmer.
Clearly, he can swimmingly work his way through a variety of topics, as he showed in a conversation with the Trib this week.
You’re on the Big 12 commissioner’s Honor Roll, you make good grades. If someone were to come to you for tutoring, what subject would you be most equipped to teach?
Tutoring … I would hope it would be in my major. Supply chain and MIS major.
What is that, anyway?
It’s the flow of information and materials from logistics, stuff like that. Basically you could work for anyone.
What subject would you not be the guy to go to for?
Have you avoided science at Baylor?
Absolutely. All I’ve taken is environmental science.
It seems as though the offensive line usually has its share of smart guys. Why is that?
I feel like it’s because you’ve got to memorize the whole playbook, and you’ve got to be heads-up and think on your feet the whole time. You’ve got to know what’s going to happen before it happens. So, just traditionally, they’ve all been smart, and we’ve got a pretty smart offensive line here, too. We’ve got Blackmar, who’s got, like, a 3.6 (GPA). I do well, Teck (Sam Tecklenburg) does well in the classroom, Mo (Porter) is as smart as can be when it comes to football.
So, if all of you O-line guys were to go on Jeopardy, who wins that?
Jeopardy … if it involves pop culture, Ish Wilson. Other than that, I’m not too sure.
What about an Olympic-style competition among the O-line?
Oh, I’ve got that. Blackmar probably has the field (events), the throwing, but I’ve got the swimming.
I’ve talked to you about swimming before. Do you still get out and do it much?
No, no, I haven’t. I can’t remember the last time I was in a pool working out. I’d like to, as a recovery-type thing, but never have the time.
So, the Baylor Athletic Communications staff swam across the river to the stadium before the season. Would you do that?
(Laughing) I don’t know. Two of my buddies tried to do that one time, and they made it about halfway, started looking around, kind of panicked, didn’t know what to do. They were like, ‘Just keep going, don’t turn back!’ The current started taking them down a little bit. We finally had to come pick them up, because they were so dang tired. You’d think right across the Brazos wouldn’t be bad.
Tell me this: Is it WOCKS-a-hachie or WACKS-a-hachie?