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UTSA's Nate Leonard tabbed Conference USA Scholar-Athlete of the Year

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UTSA student-athlete Nate Leonard
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(July 15, 2014) -- Conference USA announced last week 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, 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 and field), and they are determined by the league's faculty athletics representatives.

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