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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
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Career Stats
Game Logs: 2013 | 2012

Leininger is one of 25 candidates on the preseason watch list for the Ray Guy Award honoring the nation’s top punter for the first time in 2014 and on the award’s prestigious watch list for the second straight season after being added during his 2013 sophomore season. Leininger is entering his third campaign as Cal’s starting punter. Leininger after making a tremendous improvement as a sophomore when he increased his average by 3.0 yards per punt to a 42.9 mark that was the eighth-best in school history to earn second-team All-Pac-12 honors from College Sports Madness. His 41.5 yards per punt average ranks No. 10 on Cal’s all-time list.
 
Cal Career (2012 – Present)
► A member of the Ray Guy Award Watch List honoring the nation’s top punter each of the past two seasons (2013, ’14)
► Has been the team’s starting punter since his arrival as a true freshman in 2012 and has averaged 41.5 yards per punt on 129 punts with a long of 70 on his first punt in the season opener of his 2013 campaign vs. Northwestern in 24 games all off the bench
► His 41.5 yards per punt average ranks No. 10 on Cal’s all-time list
► Has forced opponents to make 51 fair catches and pinned them inside their 20-yard line 27 times with only three touchbacks
► Also completed his lone pass for a single yard at Stanford as a 2013 sophomore
► 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 and a career-long punt of 70 yards vs. Northwestern all as a 2013 sophomore

Junior (2014)
► National honors candidate
► One of 25 players named to the preseason Ray Guy Award Watch List for the first time and on the award’s watch list for the second consecutive season
► Listed as the starting punter on the preseason depth chart
 
Sophomore (2013)
► Added to the Ray Guy Award Watch List for the nation’s top punter during the season and 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 in the season-opener against Northwestern
► Had 14 punts of 50 or more yards including at least one nine times including a career-high-tying three of 50 or more yards at Colorado
► Pinned opponents inside their 20-yard line at least once in nine contests, including a career-high-tying three times vs. Stanford
► 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
► Also completed his lone pass for a single yard at Stanford
► Honorable mention Pac-12 All-Academic
► 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
 
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 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 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 (season-high 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

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

Recruiting Rankings (Class of 2012)
► 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 and cell 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: 3 (twice, last vs. Northwestern, 2012)
Tackles: 1 (vs. Stanford, 2012)

Last Updated
July 9, 2014

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