Leon Kinnard earned All-State notice at Loyola High School
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Leon Kinnard earned All-State notice at Loyola High School
Leon Kinnard Joins Tiger Football Program
Courtesy: Athletics Media Relations  
Release: 08/04/2011

TOWSON, Md. - Former All-State performer Leon Kinnard, who played scholastically at nearby Loyola High School, has transferred to Towson University from the University of Connecticut and will join the Tigers in time for the 2011 season, it has been announced by Coach Rob Ambrose.

Kinnard, who played quarterback at Loyola High School, was recruited to UConn by Coach Ambrose when he was the Offensive Coordinator for the Huskies. The 5-10, 185 Kinnard appeared in five games at wide receiver for UConn last season. He completed one pass for three yards and ran for 18 yards on four carries.

After the season, Coach Randy Edsall left UConn to become the coach at Maryland. Paul Pasqualoni was hired to replace him. That played a factor in Kinnard's decision to transfer to Towson.

As a senior at Loyola, he captained the Dons to a perfect 11-0 record and was named second team All-Metro. He was also an honorable mention All-State selection.

In his junior season with the Dons, he passed for 1,489 yards and threw 13 touchdown passes as he was named second team All-State. As a sophomore, he passed for 1,415 yards and 11 touchdowns, earning honorable mention All-State notice.

"Coming to Towson is a great opportunity for me," says Kinnard. "I know that I could have contributed if I had stayed at UConn. But, I think I have a chance to contribute even more at Towson. I am just looking forward to playing football. I am excited to be playing for Coach Ambrose and having some fun."

At Towson, he will be re-united with offensive center Doug Shaw, a sophomore who was his teammate at Loyola High School.

"Playing on the same with Doug is just another 'perk' of this decision," he added. "We were teammates in high school and I'm excited to be his teammate again."

Coach Ambrose says, "Leon is a phenomenal young man. When I was recruiting him for UConn, one of the things that appealed to me about him was his personality. He can help a team in so many ways.

"At UConn, we recruited him to be a quarterback," Coach Ambrose added. "After I left, I am not sure what happened. He is the type of player who makes plays. The wider the field, the more effective he is. We are probably going to use him at quarterback first because that will help him learn the offense quicker.

"But, he could do a number of different things for us," he said. "He could play wide receiver, running back, defensive back and return kicks. I may not know where he will contribute but I know he will contribute."

At Towson, he will be able to play this season and he will have three years of eligibility remaining.


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