In his words: Nate Leonard
SAN ANTONIO — Sophomore center Nate Leonard has written a blog for The Huffington Post throughout the 2012 campaign.
A leader on and off the field, Leonard was instrumental in the team's success this fall. The McKinney native helped the Roadrunners open their second season with five consecutive victories and UTSA finished the year with its third straight win in last Saturday's 38-31 triumph against I-35 rival Texas State. That gave the Birds an 8-4 overall record and 3-3 mark in Western Athletic Conference play.
He recorded 34 knockdown blocks and the offensive line allowed just seven sacks in 368 pass attempts this season (none in first 152), as UTSA averaged 31.2 points and 390.2 yards (159.2 rush/231.0 pass) per outing.
A starter in all 10 games a year ago, Leonard helped the offense average 26.6 points, 364.5 total yards (144.8 rush/219.7 pass) and 20 first downs per contest.
Below is his 15th and final entry of the fall.
Week 15: "Burying The Hatchet "
It’s been a full week since I turned in my pads and final laundry clip for the 2012 football season. Needless to say, they were not returned in the condition in which I received them. By looking at the front of my helmet, you wouldn’t be able to tell that its original color was navy blue as the constant collisions discarded the paint to reveal its gray shell. My facemask shows its appreciation, also ridding itself of coating to reveal an iron skeleton. My shoulder pads need to be quarantined for a while, possibly burned, and shouldn’t be in a poorly ventilated room. The same girdle that started out the season a vibrant white was returned an exhausted gray. I went through more than 12 pairs of socks, not including the ones that were stained red from my cracked feet and blisters during fall camp, and another five pairs of cleats. Two hundred eighty-five pounds just doesn’t bode well for any footwear. As I mentioned in my first post, I turned in my final laundry clip of last year’s season with a bitter taste in my mouth. The same cannot be said this year.
I knew that Mobile, Ala., was going to be muggy and hot, but Mobile introduced me to what “muggy and hot” really means. I’m glad that South Alabama was our first game because my body was at its freshest point all season and I needed every bit of “freshness” to make it through that ball game. I still find it incredible that the game came down to a field goal after a blocked field goal cost us last season’s game against the Jaguars. This one went through the uprights and we started off the season with a key win.
The first home game seemed like it would never get here because I was stoked to be back in the Alamodome. First of all, I couldn’t wait to play in front of our rowdy fans for the first time this season and I also didn’t mind the 72-degree weather inside during September. I was impressed with the way Texas A&M-Commerce played and surprised that we couldn’t get more done on offense, but the game never was really in question and we left the dome with our second win of the season.
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