April 26, 2008
NEW YORK – Former Notre Dame defensive lineman Trevor Laws (Burnsville, Minn./Apple Valley) was selected Saturday by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round with the 47th pick overall. Laws was the second Irish player to be taken in this year’s NFL Draft.
Laws becomes the second Notre Dame defensive tackle drafted in the last two years (Derek Landri, Jacksonville) and the earliest Irish defensive tackle taken since Bryant Young was selected with the seventh pick in the 1994 draft by San Francisco. Laws joins former teammate Victor Abiamiri on the Eagles defensive line. Abiamiri was also drafted in the second round by Philadelphia (57th overall pick in 2007).
Laws was one of the most productive and versatile defensive linemen in Notre Dame history recording career totals of 224 tackles, 10 sacks, 22.5 tackles for loss, 10 passes defended, two forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and six blocked kicks. Since Notre Dame began keeping tackle stats in 1956, Laws ranks sixth in career tackles by a defensive lineman and became only the second Irish defensive lineman since 1981 to eclipse 200 tackles during his career (Chris Zorich, 219, 1988-90).
The Burnsville, Minn. native played in 49 games during his career, starting 37 contests including every game over his final three seasons. Laws was a four-year letterwinner who capped off his career by being named Team MVP in 2007 after a stellar season. His 112 tackles as a fifth-year senior were the second-most ever by an Irish defensive lineman and he was the only down lineman in the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) who posted over 100 tackles last year. Laws added four sacks, eight tackles for loss, five passes broken up, two fumble recoveries and blocked three field goals.
A solid student, Laws was selected a second-team Academic All-American in 2007 and he graduated in four years with degrees in marketing and sociology. He received the Knute Rockne Student-Athlete of the Year Award from the Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley at the 2007 football team banquet and he finished his undergraduate career with a 3.220 grade-point average.