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Cowboys’ Lawrence, former Boise State Bronco: ‘I can be a Pro Bowl player’

Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence rushes Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton on Oct. 9, 2016, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence rushes Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton on Oct. 9, 2016, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

DeMarcus Lawrence has nine sacks in his three-year NFL career. The former Boise State defensive end thinks he can double that this season for the Dallas Cowboys.

“My goal is 10-plus all the time,” Lawrence told the Dallas Morning News last week. “I feel like I can be a Pro Bowl player. I just haven't lived up to those expectations, dealing with the injuries and my personal issues or whatever. My goal is 10-plus.”

Lawrence has undergone back surgery the last two seasons. He did not have a sack as a rookie, but had eight in 2015 before injuries and a suspension limited him to one in nine games last season.

“You learn from your mistakes,” Lawrence said. “I certainly did from mine. So I’m just going to make sure I’m in the best shape possible to go out and do everything I can this year to get those sacks.”

The 6-foot-3, 270-pound Lawrence was a second-round pick in 2014, kicking off a still-active four-year run of Broncos leaving school early and being drafted. He is one of four former Boise State players on the Cowboys roster, including quarterback Kellen Moore, defensive lineman Tyrone Crawford and cornerback Orlando Scandrick.

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