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#16 Cole Leininger
Position: Punter
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 200
Year: Junior
Hometown: Fruit Cove, FL
High School: Bartram Trail HS
Experience: 2 Letters

CAL CAREER (Career Stats):

2013: A third-team preseason All-Pac-12 choice as a punter according to Phil Steele … punted three times for an average of 37.7 yards in the spring game … a candidate for the Ray Guy Award as the nation’s top punter … listed as the starter at punter on the preseason depth chart.

2012 (Game-by-Game Stats): 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 26 fair catches and pinned them inside their 20-yard line 13 times with only one touchback … ranked ninth in the Pac-12 and 76th nationally in punting according to the 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 career-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 (career-long 61), vs. Stanford (56) and at Utah (59) … pinned opponents inside their 20-yard line at least once in nine contests, including a career-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 career-high 47.0 yards per punt on three tries at Ohio State … punted three times for a 46.7 yard average at Utah … punted four times for a 45.5 yard average at Washington State … punted four times for a 43.0 yard average at USC … punted three times for a 42.0 average vs. UCLA … punted a career-high nine times for a 41.8 yard average vs. Arizona State … punted eight times for a 40.0 yard average vs. Stanford … punted seven times for a 38.6 yard average in the season opener against Nevada … punted seven times for a 37.0 yard average at Oregon State … punted five times for a 36.6 yard average vs. Oregon … punted four times for a 33.5 yard average vs. Washington … had a 30.7 yard average on three punts against Southern Utah … registered one tackle vs. Stanford.

BARTRAM TRAIL HS: 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 seasons earlier during his sophomore campaign … 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 … 2010 junior stats were 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 … team made it to the Florida Class 6A semifinals in both of his final two prep seasons, going 7-4 during his junior campaign and 12-2 when he was a 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 … ranked No. 11 among the nation’s top punters by kicking guru 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 … intended major is molecular environmental biology. 

LEININGER’S CAREER GAME HIGHS
Punts: 9 (vs. Arizona State, 2012)
Punting Yards: 376 (vs. Arizona State, 2012)
Punting Average: 47.0 (at Ohio State, 2012)
Long Punt: 61 (at Ohio State, 2012)
Opponents’ Fair Catches: 6 (vs. Arizona State, 2012)
50+ Yard Punts: 2 (twice, last at Utah, 2012)
Inside 20-Yard Line Punts: 3 (vs. Stanford, 2012)
Tackles: 1 (vs. Stanford, 2012)
LAST UPDATED: July 16, 2013
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