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Leon Jackson III
Leon Jackson III

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Long Beach, Calif.

High School:
Long Beach Poly HS

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 206

Position:
Quarterback/Punter

Birthdate:
08/14/1985

Experience:
3L

Quickly: Enters the fall battling for the starting roll at quarterback after coming off the bench at the end of last season... After being the only quarterback on last year's roster to have played, he is the only quarterback on this season's roster to have started... Provides leadership and experience to Aggies... Enters senior season fifth on USU's career passing percentage list (54.4) and needs 48 passing completions, 91 passing attempts, 463 yards of total offense, and 961 passing yards to crack into the Top 10 on those respective lists. 2006 (Jr.): Started the first five games of the season... Did not play quarterback in three games before coming off the bench in each of the last four games of the year... Threw for 694 yards on the year with three touchdowns and seven interceptions... Rushed 56 times for 105 yards... Had his first five interceptions of the season returned for touchdowns... Best passing yardage game came in the season finale when he threw for 146 yards and two touchdowns against New Mexico State... Threw for 136 yards and a score against Idaho... Served as team's punter and averaged 37.7 yards on 74 punts, which were the most by an Aggie since 1989... Landed 16 punts inside the 20 and had eight 50-plus yard punts, including a 64-yarder at Boise State and a 61-yarder against Idaho. 2005 (So.): Started for the first time in his career, starting the first nine games before suffering a shoulder injury and missing the last two games of the year... Threw for 1,547 yards while hitting 57.6 percent of his passes... His 57.6 percent mark was the sixth-best percentage in a season in USU history... He and Jerod Walker each rushed for 328 yards to establish a school record for most yards rushing by a quarterback in a season... In his collegiate starting debut he was 12-of-25 for 95 yards passing, while leading the team with 87 rushing yards on 18 carries in the season opener at Utah... Threw for a career-high 372 yards on 27-of-44 passing against Louisiana Tech... Threw for more than 200 yards in three other games, including 212 vs. UNLV, 206 vs. Boise State and 200 vs. San Jose State... Threw three touchdown passes against Boise State... Threw three interceptions against Idaho, but had just three in the other eight games combined... Led the team in rushing in four different games... In addition to running for a season-best 87 yards at Utah, he gained 74 against Idaho and 57 vs. Louisiana Tech... His rushing touchdown came at Fresno State. 2004 (Fr.): Shared team award as top freshman with Emosi Fiefia... Played a big role on the team as a backup quarterback, punter and holder... As a quarterback he completed 26-of-46 passes for 404 yards, the most by an Aggie freshman since 1998... Rushed 21 times for 43 yards as well... Most extensive action came against Arkansas State when he hit 10-of-22 attempts for a season-best 168 yards and one touchdown... Stepped in as the team's punter after Ben Chaet was injured in the fifth game of the year and averaged 42.3 yards per punt to rank 32nd in the NCAA... That figure was also the third best among the nation's freshmen... Produced 10 50-yard punts (on 40 total kicks), including a long of 67 on the year... Also dropped nine punts inside the 20-yard line. High School: Was a first-team all-CIF selection as well as the league Most Valuable Player as a senior... Was nominated for All-America consideration as well... Threw for 3,000 yards with 35 touchdowns and just seven interceptions... Team was ranked second in the country... Played two years at Long Beach Poly after spending the previous two years at Beverley Hills High School... Was recruited by several Pac-10 schools... Also played baseball in high school. Personal: Born August 14, 1985 in Los Angeles, Calif... Son of Leon Jackson and Pamela Jones... Has one sister... Majoring in political science and plans to go to law school... Hobbies include watching Family Guy reruns, spending time with family and resting.

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