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97   Jason Leonard
Jason Leonard

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Stoughton, Mass.

High School:
Stoughton H.S.

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 265

Position:
DL

Birthdate:
07/15/1984


2006 Update
• Cited by Coach Brown as perhaps the best long snapper in the nation. Starting nose tackle as a senior.
• 31 tackles in 2006, 2.5 TFL and five passes deflected.
• Snapped on kicker Chris Koepplin's 51-of-52 extra points and 16-of-23 on field goals.
• Started with leg injuries and was holder in NCAA Final vs. Appalachian State (12/15) as he also made two tackles.
• Playing with major leg injuries at #2 Montana (12/8) in NCAA Semifinal, made two tackles and snapped all game.
• Two tackles and pass batted down vs. #19 Maine (11/11).
• Two stops at #9 New Hampshire (11/4).
• Playing against his brother Shawn and Rhode Island (10/21), made three tackles.
• Pair of tackles and pass deflected at Towson (10/14).
• Three tackles vs. William & Mary (10/7).
• Seven tackles at Navy (9/9), along with two pass deflections at the line and a TFL for 3 yards.
• Made two tackles and had 0.5 TFl vs. Colgate (9/2) in opener.
• Had 22 tackles last season playing as a back-up nose tackle.
• Brother Shawn is a wide receiver at Rhode Island.
COMPLETE BIO ON MEDIA GUIDE PAGE 64.

On Leonard: Cited by Coach Brown as "the best long snapper in the country" ... Has been a key to UMass success on special teams during his career ... Also enters camp as the starter at defensive tackle ... Excellent at defending the run ... Continues to work hard at improving his pass rush game ... A very versatile and intense athlete ... Moved to the defensive line from linebacker in the spring of 2003.

As A Redshirt Junior In 2005: Played in all 11 games as the primary long snapper and reserve on the defensive line ... Made 22 tackles playing defensive tackle and nose tackle ... Assisted 16 tackles ... Finished the year with three tackles at Hofstra (11/19) ... Had a stop and fumble recovery at Army (11/12) ... Made season-high five tackles at Maine (10/22) ... After James Madison (10/15) game, cited by Coach Brown for outstanding snaps as Armando Cuko kicked game-winning field goal in the mud and eight punts ... In on three tackles vs. Rhode Island (9/24), playing against his brother Shawn ... Made two tackles at Richmond (9/1) ... Recovered from a shoulder injury suffered in 2004.

As A Redshirt Sophomore In 2004: Game-By-Game Statistics
Starting defensive tackle who emerged as one of the top linemen with 29 stops in six starts ... Had at least four tackles in first five games this season ... Has 2.5 sacks which ranked third on the team ... Racked up career-high eight tackles, five solo, along with a three-yard sack vs. Delaware (9/25) ... Had six tackles and a 1/2 sack vs. Richmond (9/18) ... Five tackles against Colgate (9/11) ... Open year with four tackles, three solo, and an eight-yard sack at Delaware State (9/4) ... Had four tackles and a tackle for loss at Boston College (10/2) ... Made one tackle before suffering separated shoulder in first half at James Madison (10/9) ... Tallied one tackle and broke up a pass in the season-finale vs. Hofstra (11/20).

As A Redshirt Freshman In 2003: Game-By-Game Statistics
A backup defensive lineman ... Saw action in 10 games ... Totaled 12 tackles, including eight solo stops, two tackles for loss and a sack ... Recorded three tackles in the win over James Madison, with two tackles for loss and a sack ... Had three solo tackles against Richmond ... Posted two tackles in the win over Northeastern ... Recorded a pair of tackles against Central Connecticut State ... Made single tackles against Kansas State and Rhode Island.

As A Freshman In 2002: Redshirted.

Before UMass: Played for coach Greg Burke at Stoughton High School ... Recorded 135 total tackles, four sacks and three interceptions during his senior season ... Also rushed for seven touchdowns as a running back ... Served as team captain during senior year, when he led the squad to a 9-1 record and was named team MVP ... Finished his career with 335 total tackles, six interceptions and 10 touchdowns ... Named Defensive Player of the Year by the Brockton Enterprise ... Selected defensive MVP of the Hockomock League ... A first team All-Scholastic selection by the Boston Globe, Boston Herald and Quincy Patriot Ledger ... Also earned letters in both basketball and track.

Personal: Jason Robert Leonard ... Born July 15, 1984, in Stoughton, Mass. ... Son of Chuck and Ann Marie Leonard ... Has two brothers, Eric and Shawn ... Shawn is a wide receiver at Rhode Island ... Both parents attended UMass ... Majoring in Sociology.

CAREER STATISTICS (Defense)
Year	GP	UT	AT	TT	Sacks	TFL	Int	PBU
2003	10/0	8	4	12	1-4	2-5	0-0	0
2004	7/6	15	14	29	2.5-11	2.5-12	0-0	1
2005	11/0	6	16	22	0-0	0.5-1	0-0	0
2006	15/14	8	23	31	0-0	2.5-5	0-0	5
Totals	43/20	37	57	94	3.5-15	7.5-23	0-0	6

CAREER HIGHS Tackles: 8 vs. Delaware (9/25/04) Sacks: 1 three times (last vs. Delaware, 9/25/04)

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