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UTSA's Nate Leonard tabbed Conference USA Scholar-Athlete of the Year
(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.
For more information, visit the UTSA Athletics website.
This story was republished courtesy of UTSA Athletics.