UCLA This talented defensive tackle has the potential to be one of the top players in the nation at his position and is a candidate for post-season honors Has 30 career starts One of the strongest players on the team, he has been a fixture on the Bruin defensive line throughout his career Rodney has the entire package He is very athletic, plays with great pad leverage, has outstanding strength and is excellent with his hands He is a tremendously hard worker who sets an example with his efforts on the practice field and in the games.
2002 Named pre-season All-America second team by Street & Smiths Also on the pre-season Nagurski Trophy (national defensive player of the year) list Selected to the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award Watch lists Appeared in nine games Starter in the first five games of the season before breaking his right foot in the game at Oregon State Had four tackles in the season-opener against Colorado State Had five tackles in the win at Oklahoma State Recorded three stops in the Colorado game Had one tackle at San Diego State Made his 28th straight start in the game at Oregon State Credited with two tackles, including one for loss against the Beavers Had surgery on Oct. 8 Returned for the final three games of the season Came off the bench against USC and made one tackle Started against Washington State and New Mexico Had one tackle against the Cougars and two versus the Lobos On the year, despite constant double teaming prior to his injury, he made 19 stops.
2001 As a redshirt sophomore, Leisle, a second-team All-Pac-10 selection by the leagues coaches and a first-team choice by The Sporting News, played like an All-American throughout the season On the year, he made 36 tackles He ranked fourth on the team with two sacks and tied for sixth with five for losses He ranked second among the linemen and sixth (tied) overall with his 36 stops and has started 23 consecutive games stretching back to the 2000 opener Was on the field for at least 40 snaps in nine games Played a season-high 60 snaps versus Washington State In the opener at Alabama he tied his career high with seven tackles (three solos and four assists) Late in the third quarter with the Bruins leading 17-10, the Crimson Tide drove to the Bruin 33-yard line Alabama then tried a reverse, but Leisle stripped the ball carrier and recovered the football to halt the drive UCLA converted the turnover into a field goal At Kansas, he again stuffed the middle and made two solo tackles, including one for loss In the win over Ohio State, he added three tackles (two solos) and was credited with one solo tackle, an eight-yard sack, in the win at Oregon State In the victory over Washington, Leisle made two tackles, including one sack and a second for loss His sack caused a fumble at the Husky 32-yard line that set up UCLAs first touchdown of the day He added one assist in the win over California Leisle made four solo stops at Stanford and four tackles (one solo) at Washington State Against Oregon, he again was credited with four tackles (three solos), including one at the one-yard line At USC, he tied his career best with seven tackles, including five solos He added one solo tackle for loss versus Arizona State.
2000 In his first season with the varsity, Leisle became the only defensive lineman to start all 12 games He earned third-team Freshman All-America honors from The Sporting News He also earned All-Pacific-10 honorable mention from the leagues coaches He played at least 50 snaps eight times during the season, including 74 versus Oregon State, 69 against Stanford and Washington and 65 at Oregon On the year, Leisle ranked first among the Bruin linemen and eighth overall with 36 tackles, including four behind the line of scrimmage He made a career-high seven tackles, including one for loss, against Oregon State He added his first career interception in the final seconds at Arizona to clinch the victory and also recorded his first sack Leisle made three stops at Washington and had four tackles and a fumble recovery against USC He finished the year with three stops against Wisconsin in the Sun Bowl He also made four tackles, including one for loss, against Fresno State and three stops versus Michigan.
1999 Did not see action in his first year with the program and has one season of eligibility remaining Named defensive winner of UCLAs Charles Pike Memorial Award for Outstanding Scout Team Player.
HIGH SCHOOL Lettered three years in football as a defensive and offensive lineman for coaches Bill Richardson and Steve Tucker at Ridgeview High in Bakersfield, CA Rated the No. 53 player in the nation by RivalNet and by Tom Lemming (The Sporting News.com) A SuperPrep All-American, he was ranked the nations No. 26 defensive lineman and the No. 29 player in the California/Arizona/Hawaii region A PrepStar All-American who was rated the No. 4 defensive lineman in the Western Region A Super 30 All-Western selection by PrepStar Cornwell All-American Ranked seventh (tied) among offensive guards by the National Recruiting Advisor Member of Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100 Member of Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West honorable mention (five votes) First-team All-State selection by Cal-Hi Sports Made 85 tackles (32 solos), including seven quarterback sacks Selected to play in the annual California-Texas Shrine All-Star Game Two-time All-League and All-Area selection PrepStar pre-season All-American and Super 30 All-West selection as an offensive lineman In SuperPreps pre-season issue, ranked No. 32 among all players in the California/Nevada/Hawaii region Lettered four years in track (shot put and discus) for coach Brad Harris Had best in shot of 58-11 1/2 and in discus of 170-8 Finished fifth in the State in the shot in 1997 and fourth in the State in the shot in 1998 Lettered two years in wrestling for coach Lee Ramos Placed seventh in the State in 1997 as a heavyweight Finished first in his league in both 1996 and 1997 Lettered his senior season in basketball for coach Otis Jennings Team finished second in the league and third in the Valley.
PERSONAL Full Name: Rodney Allen Leisle Born: February 5, 1981 in Fresno, CA Parents: Dan and Kathy Howarth Has two younger sisters Jennifer and Angelica Lists his biggest thrill in sports to date as getting a football scholarship after his team went 0-10 in his senior season Hobbies include paint ball Earned spot on Directors Honor Roll in Winter 2001 (3.33 GPA) Sociology major.
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