DeMarcus “Tank” Lawrence was born in Aiken, South Carolina to hard-working parents, Yvonne and Tyrone Lawrence. Raised in rural South Carolina, DeMarcus was tough and learned to take care of himself and others at an early age. He began playing football as a child and developed into a tight end/defensive end at Silver Bluff High School where football became his passion. DeMarcus’ senior season in he had 97 tackles, three sacks and helped to lead his team to a 9-3 record and was a Class AA All-Region selection.
DeMarcus started his college career at Butler Community College in Kansas to help improve his skills and show bigger schools his talent. At Butler C.C. he was named first team J.C. Gridwire and second-team NJCAA All-American. He was ranked 38th on the JUCO Top 50 List after his 2011 season. In 2012 he transferred to Boise State where he shined playing weak-side defensive end and led the team and league in sacks as well as earning All-Mountain West Conference first-team honors. In 2013 he earned All-American second-team and All-Mountain West Conference first-team. Lawrence started in all 34 games he played in at Boise State, recording 192 tackles (113 solo), 32 sacks, 53 tackles for a loss, 6 fumble recoveries, 8 forced fumbles, 4 pass deflections and 1 interception.
DeMarcus entered the 2014 NFL Draft prior to his final season of eligibility where he was selected 34th overall by the Dallas Cowboys, who traded picks to move up and get him. DeMarcus’ start of rookie season was delayed by a right foot fracture in training camp. He would make his first pro appearance in week 9 and was a major contributor to the Cowboys win in the playoff game against the Detroit Lions. In 2017 he was recognized as NFC Defensive Player of the Week and was named to his first Pro Bowl. Demarcus finished the year tied for second most with 14.5 sacks. His career stats in four years with Dallas include 84 total tackles and 23.5 sacks.