UTSA's Leonard tabbed Conference USA Scholar-Athlete of the Year
UTSA's Leonard tabbed Conference USA Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
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IRVING, Texas - Conference USA announced Wednesday its 2013-14 Scholar-Athletes of the Year and Roadrunners Academic All-American Nate Leonard was the recipient for football.
Leonard, who was added to the Dave Rimington Trophy (nation's top center) watch list on Tuesday, maintains a 3.99 GPA in physical education. The only player in program history to start all 34 games was named a second-team Capital One Academic All-American last season (first football player to be named an Academic All-American) and he is a two-time first-team Academic All-District VII honoree.
The 6-foot, 280-pound native of McKinney is coming off a junior campaign that saw him record a team-leading 70 knockdown blocks, including a career-high 10 against Rice (Oct. 12). He also graded out at 82 percent and was a key part of an offensive line that did not commit a holding penalty. His blocking helped the UTSA offense average 25.6 points, 417.8 total yards (175.4 rush/242.4 pass), 21.9 first downs and 32:24 possession time per contest.
The C-USA Scholar-Athletes of the Year are presented to the top student-athletes in each conference-sponsored sport and it is based on academics (GPA) and athletics achievement, as well as service. Scholar-athletes were selected from the league's full-time and affiliate institutions in 20 sports (combining indoor and outdoor track & field) and they are determined by the league's faculty athletics representatives.
2013-14 Conference USA Scholar-Athlete Award Winners Baseball - Aramis Garcia, FIU Men's Basketball - Ben Cherry, Charlotte Women's Basketball - Kimberly Smith, Florida Atlantic Men's Cross Country - Zachary Greth, Charlotte Women's Cross Country - Brooke Kott, East Carolina Football - Nate Leonard, UTSA Men's Golf - Brett Patterson, Middle Tennessee Women's Golf - Camino Sardinero, UTEP Women's Rowing - Elizabeth Scherer, Kansas Men's Soccer - Tyler Gibson, Charlotte Women's Soccer - Tori Martyn, UTEP Softball - Jill Jelnick, East Carolina Women's Swimming & Diving - Krista Rossum, North Texas Men's Tennis - Alex Calott, Charlotte Women's Tennis - Franziska Sprinkmeyer, North Texas Men's Track & Field - Tom Kalisky, North Texas Women's Track & Field - Alexandria Phares, Marshall Volleyball - Amanda Videmsek, Charlotte