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…: A four-star defensive end recruit out of high school, Rick Leonard played football and lacrosse at Middletown, including two years on varsity at defensive end as he helped guide the team to their third straight Class 2A state championship in 2013 (14 sacks as a senior). He committed to Florida State and after two years as a reserve edge rusher (2.5 tackles for loss, no sacks), he transitioned to offensive tackle, starting 19 games at right tackle over his junior and senior seasons. It was Leonard’s first time playing on the offensive line since pee-wee so his tape is understandably inconsistent. He looks the part with adequate set-up quickness, but he lacks NFL length with wild hand placement and short, choppy steps in his kickslide. Leonard has shaky posture at contact due to straight-legs and high hips, negating his base strength
IN OUR VIEW: l, Leonard has room to improve at offensive tackle, but his balance issues will be tough to correct, making him a camp project only.
Started all 13 games at right tackle…helped running back Cam Akers and Jacques Patrick total 1,772 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground…against Syracuse, paved holes for true freshman running back Cam Akers to rush for 199 yards, the 14th-best performance in school history…helped secure 504 yards of total offense against ULM in the home finale, a season-best…finished his career with a 7-1 record against rivals Miami and Florida.
Started six games at right tackle – the first three and the final three…converted defensive end who saved his best football for last, providing rushing lanes for running back Dalvin Cook to amass 225 yards and four touchdowns at Syracuse and 153 yards for Cook to go along with no sacks allowed against the fifth-ranked Florida defense…FSU averaged 202.3 rushing yards per game and 264.1 passing yards per game on the season…helped the Seminoles score 33 points in the Orange Bowl, which was the most given up by the No. 6 Michigan defense all season in regulation.
Appeared in all 13 games on special teams and at defensive end…finished with five tackles and 2.5 TFL…registered a career-high four tackles and 1.5 TFL vs. Chattanooga…finished with 1.0 TFL in the Peach Bowl against Houston…one of the top practice players who earned consistent praise from the coaches for his work ethic.
Reserve defensive end who played in four games and made one tackle against The Citadel…also logged action against Wake Forest, at Louisville and versus Oregon in the Rose Bowl…shared Most Outstanding Defensive Player honors following 2015 spring practice.
Rated a four-star recruit by Rivals and Scout and a three-star prospect by 247Sports and ESPN in the 2014 recruiting class…rated the nation’s 15th-best strongside defensive end and the No. 6 player in Maryland by Rivals…ranked the No. 21 strongside defensive end and No. 15 player in Maryland by 247Sports…tabbed No. 37 defensive end and No. 8 player in Maryland by ESPN…Scout’s No. 31 defensive end…committed to the Seminoles at the Jimbo Fisher Camp in 2013…led Middletown to a third straight Class 2A state championship as a senior, capturing the state’s Defensive Player of the Year award by the Maryland sportswriters and consensus All-State First Team honors…totaled 30 solo tackles, 14 sacks and 24 tackles-for-loss in 2013…had 67 tackles, 12 sacks and 18.5 tackles for loss as a junior in 2012 – his first season of varsity football…also played lacrosse in high school…played in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Orlando, Fla., following his senior season…father and grandmother attended Florida State…chose Florida State over Clemson and Maryland…born November 22, 1996…majoring in criminology.