04/29/2014 - Five players who should be on the New York Jets' draft radar: TE A.C. Leonard, Tennessee State: Kellen Winslow II nearly made as much noise off the field as he did on it for the Jets, catching just 31 passes for 388 yards and a pair of scores in 2013. His contract was allowed to expire and the Jets' current depth chart at the position is heavy on relatively slow-footed security blankets (like incumbent starter Jeff Cumberland) rather than seam threats. Adding a playmaker to attack the middle could, in fact, be a target as early as the first round as the club recently visited with North Carolina's Eric Ebron, whose dynamic athleticism and personality could make him a fit with the Jets. Should the team elect to wait, Leonard is a diamond in the rough candidate who could surprise. Like Ebron, Leonard boasts undeniable athleticism. The University of Florida-transfer wowed during Combine workouts, registering a 4.50-second time in the 40-yard dash and a 10'8" broad jump. He snatches the ball out of the air and his compact 6-foot-2, 252-pound frame makes him a bullish threat after the catch. Leonard's off-field issues could push him deep into the draft but for a team willing to roll the dice, he could prove a steal. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
01/03/2014 - 2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS FCS SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: TE AC Leonard, Tennessee State, Jr.,...Leonard was the lone tight end on the Second Team and finished second on the Tigers with 34 receptions and 441 yards for an average of 13 yards per catch. The junior also added five touchdowns, placing him third on the squad. Tennessee State made the playoffs for the first time since 1999 in 2013 and won a playoff game for the first time since 1986. The Tigers were the first OVC team to win a road playoff game since 1986 and the first HBCU to win a postseason contest since 1999. - Tennessee State football
09/23/2013 - SEPT 23 COLLEGE FOOTBALL PERFORMANCE AWARDS FCS CO-TIGHT END PERFORMER OF THE WEEK: A.C. Leonard (Tennessee State)...Leonard caught a season-high five passes for a career-high 122 yards and two touchdowns in the 41-21, victory at Tennessee Tech. Leonard's two scores both occurred in the second half and helped the Tigers run away with their first Ohio Valley Conference win of the season.
The Jacksonville, Fla. native now has a team-high 16 catches for 219 yards and an average of 13.7 yards per grab. His two touchdowns at Cookeville were the first of his 2013 campaign. Honorable Mention: Nate Adams (Youngstown State), Bo Revell (William & Mary), Cole Wick (Incarnate Word), Cam Jones (South Dakota State), MyCole Pruitt (Southern Illinois), Dan Light (Fordham), Nate Ingram (Morgan State), Josh Lebo (Bucknell), John Quazza (Colgate). - Tennessee State football/College Football Performance Awards
07/23/2013 - 2013 PRESEASON ALL-OVC FOOTBALL TEAM (COACHES/SIDS): TE - A.C. Leonard, Tennessee State...2012 All-OVC First Team...2012 Associated Press All-American...2012 College Football Performance Awards FCS Tight End of the Year...A year ago, Leonard led the Tigers with 733 receiving yards and six receiving touchdowns in his first season with Big Blue. - Tennessee State football
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