Competed for both the placekicking and kickoff chores during the spring... should battle Ben Bell for both again in the fall 2006: Connected on a 20-yard field goal during the season opener at Rice... blasted three kickoffs against the Owls with half of those ending in touchbacks... missed all but two games with a groin injury, including the last nine contests.. 2005: Became only the sixth player in school history to record a 50-yard field goal after accomplishing that feat at Conference USA rival UCF... competed in 11 games, including each of the last five... connected on five field goals on the year... booted a 43-yard field goal late in the season opener against Oregon for his first career points... equaled his career long with another 43-yard effort early in the fourth quarter against Sam Houston State... drilled a 42-yard field goal at Tulsa... nailed a 44-yard field versus Kansas in the Fort Worth Bowl.
Prior to Houston: Played one season at Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas... helped lead team to 8-4 record under the guidance of head coach Dale Carr... also attended the University of Texas at Tyler but did not play sports.
High School: Lettered three seasons at Mt. Pleasant High School... was a three-time All-District kicker... also picked up All-Area honors as a sophomore... twice selected to the All-Northeast Texas team... named the Special Teams Player-of-the-Year three times... also lettered in soccer... was named the Sophomore-of-the-Year in 2001... selected First-Team, All-District for his defense... Named the District MVP in 2003... also picked up First-Team, All-East Texas accolades as a midfielder... a member of the National Honor Society and Who's Who Among American High School Students/Athletes.
Personal: Full name is Thomas Joel Lawrence... born September 24, 1984, in Mt. Pleasant, Texas... son of David and Marsha Hammonds of Mt. Pleasant... majoring in sports administration.