Leonard clogs things up for Sequoias

After signing with SMU out of high school, current College of the Sequoias DT Ryan Leonard (6-0, 285) thought he had it all, but grades befell his progress and he ended up having to go the JUCO route after his freshman year with the Mustangs. JCFootball.com caught up with the the run-stuffing specialist and he updated us on things...

"I just sorta got mixed up and didn't take care of things in school," Leonard told JCFootball.com recently. "My roommate at SMU was a former player at COS so I asked about it and he said I should head up because they have a good coaching staff and they get guys moved on."

As a sophomore in 2008, Leonard had a solid season for the Giants posting 52 tackles, six sacks and 10.5 tackles-for-loss.

"I think I had a pretty good season," Leonard said. "We went 5-5, so we didn't exactly reach our goals, but we played together as a team a lot and we really made some strides.

"I'm a run-stuffer mostly, but I can get after the QB when the defense we're in calls for it. I just go out and work hard and do what I have to do really."

Leonard is still waiting to see where he'll have a chance to ply his trade in 2009, but he might see some offers soon.

"Right now it's mostly D-1AA schools and schools like Nevada and UNLV and stuff like that," Leonard said. "I'm working on getting my DVD out to schools, so that they know what I can do and getting my name out there more."

Since he signed and enrolled at a four year school, Leonard will need to get his AA degree and he will earn that in May.

Wherever he ends up, Leonard will have three years to play two once he steps on campus.

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