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Cole Leininger
Player Profile:
Cole Leininger 1250481
Position: Punter
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 210
Year: Senior
Hometown: Fruit Cove, FL
High School: Bartram Trail HS
Experience: 3 Letters

Twitter: @C_Leininger80 | @calfootball
Instagram: cal_football

Pronunciation
lining-GUR

Career Stats
Game Logs: 2014 | 2013 | 2012

Leininger heads into the 2015 campaign having been Cal’s starting punter for each of the past three seasons and been on the watch list for the Ray Guy Award in each of the last two. He is one of only two players along with offensive lineman Jordan Rigsbee to play in each of Cal’s 36 contests over the last three seasons and has a career 41.0 yards per punt average that is just outside Cal’s career top-10 list. Leininger did help the Golden Bears set a team single-season school mark as a 2014 junior when opponents returned a season-low seven punts. He had his top statistical season as a 2013 sophomore when he averaged 42.9 yards per punt for the eighth-best mark in school history to earn second-team All-Pac-12 honors from College Sports Madness. Leininger has been an honorable mention Pac-12 All-Academic selection each of the past two seasons as a 2013 sophomore and 2014 junior.
 
Cal Career (2012 – Present)
► Has been the team’s starting punter since his arrival as a true freshman in 2012 and co-leads all active Cal players along with Jordan Rigsbee with 36 games played as the duo are the only two players to have participated in every contest possible over the last three seasons
► A member of the Ray Guy Award Watch List honoring the nation’s top punter each of the past two seasons as a 2013 sophomore and 2014 junior
► Has punted 181 times for 7,425 yards and a 41.0 yards per punt average that ranks just outside Cal’s all-time top-10 list
► Has forced opponents to make 68 fair catches and pinned them inside their 20-yard line 43 times with only eight touchbacks
► Has a long punt of 70 yards on his first punt in the 2013 season opener vs. Northwestern and 30 career punts of 50 yards or more
► Has completed 1-of-2 passes on fake punt attempts with the completion for a single yard at Stanford as a 2013 sophomore and the incompletion coming at USC during 2014 junior campaign
► Registered a single-game career best of 54.2 yards per punt at Colorado as well as career highs of 10 punts and 428 punting yards at Washington all as a 2013 sophomore
► Two-time honorable mention Pac-12 All-Academic selection as a 2013 sophomore and 2014 junior

Senior (2015)
► Listed as the starting punter and holder on the preseason depth chart, taking over the latter role for the first time in his career
 
Junior (2014)
► Played in all 12 games off the bench for the third consecutive season and registered a 39.8 yards per punt average that ranked ninth in the Pac-12 and 87th nationally, punting 52 times for 2,072 yards
► Opponents returned only seven punts to mark the fewest punt returns by an opponent in school history
► Honorable mention Pac-12 All-Academic for the second consecutive season
► Forced opponents to make 17 fair catches including nine in the last three contests and a season-high four in the season finale vs. BYU
► Pinned opponents inside their 20-yard line a career-high 16 times including on a single-game career best five occasions vs. UCLA when he earned College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Punter Performer of the Week honors
► Had five touchbacks on the campaign
► Had eight punts of 50 or more yards including two both at Arizona and vs. UCLA, and at least one six times
► Registered a season-long punt of 59 yards vs. Washington
► Had a season-high average of 46.0 yards per punt vs. Sacramento State that was the first of seven consecutive contests with an average of 40.0 yards per punt or more that followed with games at Arizona (5-42.2), vs. Colorado (4-42.0), at Washington State (4-40.2), vs. Washington (6-44.7), vs. UCLA (8-44.0) and vs. Oregon (4-41.0)
► Other punts and averages included games at Oregon State (3-38.3), at Northwestern (4-35.8), at USC (4-34.2), vs. Stanford (4-32.8) and vs. BYU (4-32.5)
► Threw an incompletion in his lone pass attempt on a fake punt attempt at USC
► A nominee for the Ray Guy Award and named for the first time to the preseason Ray Guy Award Watch List while being on the award’s watch list for the second consecutive season
► Also on the watch list for the College Football Performance Awards Punter Trophy
► Named third-team preseason All-Pac-12 by Lindy’s
 
Sophomore (2013)
► Added to the Ray Guy Award Watch List for the nation’s top punter during the season and was a second-team All-Pac-12 pick of College Sports Madness
► Improved his punting average by 3.0 yards per punt from his 2012 rookie season, finishing with a 42.9 mark that ranked third in the Pac-12 and is eighth on Cal’s all-time single-season list on a total of 69 punts for 2,958 yards playing in all 12 games off the bench
► Ranked third in the Pac-12 and 33rd nationally in punting
► Forced opponents to make 25 fair catches and pinned them inside their 20-yard line 14 times with only two touchbacks
► Had a career-long punt of 70 yards on his first punt of the campaign in the season-opener against Northwestern
► Had a career-high 14 punts of 50 or more yards including at least one in nine games including a career-high three of 50 or more yards at Colorado
► Pinned opponents inside their 20-yard line at least once in nine contests, including a season-high three times vs. Northwestern
► Forced opponents to make a fair catch at least three times on six occasions, including a season-high-tying four times both at Oregon and vs. Arizona
► Averaged a career-high 54.2 yards per punt on four attempts at Colorado to earn College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Punter Performer of the Week for the third time after having earned the honor earlier in the season vs. Northwestern and Ohio State
► Other punts and averages included games vs. Ohio State (4-49.0), vs. USC (4-45.8), vs. Washington State (5-44.0), vs. Arizona (7-43.7), vs. Northwestern (6-43.5), at UCLA (7-43.4), at Washington (10-42.8), vs. Oregon State (3-42.0), vs. Portland State (4-39.5), at Oregon (8-38.8) and at Stanford (7-35.6)
► Averaged 42.0 yards per punt or more for seven consecutive games at one point (vs. Washington State, at UCLA, vs. Oregon State, at Washington, vs. Arizona, vs. USC, at Colorado, at Stanford)
► Punted a career-high 10 times at Washington
► Completed his lone pass of the campaign for a single yard at Stanford
► Honorable mention Pac-12 All-Academic
► Named a Jonathan and Judy Hoff Scholar-Athlete of the Week for October 28 – November 3, 2013
► A third-team preseason All-Pac-12 choice according to Phil Steele
► Punted three times for an average of 37.7 yards in the spring game
 
Freshman (2012)
► Played in all 12 games off the bench and averaged 39.9 yards per punt, totaling 2,395 yards on 60 punts
► Forced opponents to make a career-high 26 fair catches and pinned them inside their 20-yard line 13 times with a career-low one touchback
► Ranked ninth in the Pac-12 and 76th nationally in punting according to NCAA minimums with a 39.9 yards per punt average, while Cal’s net punting average of 37.0 was 10th in the Pac-12 and 54th nationally
► Had eight punts of 50 or more yards including at least one in six of the first nine games, a season-high-tying two of 50 or more yards both against Arizona State and at Utah, and one each in three straight contests at Washington State (season-long 61), vs. Stanford (56) and at Utah (59)
► Pinned opponents inside their 20-yard line at least once in nine contests, including a season-high three vs. Stanford
► Forced opponents to make a fair catch at least three times on five occasions, including a career-high six against Arizona State, as well as five at Oregon State, four vs. Nevada and three each in back-to-back games at Washington State and vs. Stanford
► Averaged 40.0 yards per punt or more for seven consecutive games at one point (at Ohio State, at USC, vs. Arizona State, vs. UCLA, at Washington State, vs. Stanford, at Utah)
► Averaged a season-high 47.0 yards per punt on three tries at Ohio State, while other punts and averages included games at Utah (3-46.7), at Washington State (4-45.5), at USC (4-43.0), vs. UCLA (3-42.0), vs. Arizona State (9-41.8), vs. Stanford (8-40.0), vs. Nevada (7-38.6), at Oregon State (7-37.0), vs. Oregon (5-36.6), vs. Washington (4-33.5) and vs. Southern Utah (3-30.7)
► Registered one tackle vs. Stanford for the lone stop of his career

Bartram Trail HS (Class of 2012)
► A second-team All-American as a 2011 senior who averaged 42.7 yards per punt in his final prep season, improving his average nine yards from two campaigns earlier as a sophomore
► Also scored a team-high 110 points on 14 made field goals and 68 extra points while putting 64 of his 90 kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks during a senior season in which he added Class 6A All-State, first-team All-River League and All-St. John’s County selections, while earning a spot on the Super 75 Team selected by The Florida Times-Union
► Stats during his 2010 junior season were an average of 38.7 yards per punt and a team-high 71 points on 11 field goals and 38 extra points, while putting 26 of 47 kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks
► Averaged 33.7 yards per punt as a 2009 sophomore while scoring 47 points on seven field goals and 26 extra points made
► Helped team reach the Florida Class 6A semifinals in both of his final two prep seasons, going 7-4 during his 2010 junior campaign and 12-2 when he was a 2011 senior
► Field goal champion at Chris Sailer’s 2012 national kicking event, hitting on kicks that would have been good from over 60 yards according to ESPN

Recruiting Notes (Class of 2012)
► Ranked No. 11 among the nation’s top punters by Sailer, while ESPN had him as the No. 13 placekicker and 247Sports ranked him No. 21
► Given four and a half recruiting stars by Sailer, while he picked up three from ESPN, and two each from Rivals, Scout and 247Sports
► ESPN also had him as the No. 138 player overall from the state of Florida

Other
► Full name is Nicholas Ramsey Leininger
► Born December 15, 1993
► Parents are Mark and Cindy Leininger
► Major is integrative biology

Leininger's Career Game Highs
Pass Completions: 1 (at Stanford, 2013)
Pass Attempts: 1 (at Stanford, 2013)
Passing Yards: 1 (at Stanford, 2013)
Long Pass: 1 (at Stanford, 2013)
Punts: 10 (at Washington, 2013)
Punting Yards: 428 (at Washington, 2013)
Punting Average: 54.2 (at Colorado, 2013)
Long Punt: 70 (vs. Northwestern, 2013)
Opponents’ Fair Catches: 6 (vs. Arizona State, 2012)
50+ Yard Punts: 3 (at Colorado, 2013)
Inside 20-Yard Line Punts: 5 (vs. UCLA, 2014)
Tackles: 1 (vs. Stanford, 2012)

Last Updated
June 5, 2015

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