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    J Leman
    47 J Leman
    Hometown:
    Champaign, Ill

    High School:
    Central

    Height / Weight:
    6-3 / 243

    Position:
    LB

    Birthdate:
    03/01/1985

    Lettered:
    2004-07

    10/10/2007

    J Leman Photo Gallery

    Photos of Illinois senior linebacker J Leman

    • 2007 Consensus All-America
    • 2007 First-Team All-America (by AFCA)
    • 2007 First-Team All-America (Football Writers Association)
    • 2007 First-Team All-America (CBSSportsline)
    • 2007 Second-Team All-America (Walter Camp Foundation)
    • 2007 Second-Team All-America (Associated Press)
    • 2007 Second-Team All-America (Sports Illustrated)
    • 2007 Second-Team All-America (Rivals.com)
    • 2007 Second-Team All-America (Phil Steele)
    • 2007 First-Team All-Big Ten (by coaches)

    • 2007 First-Team All-Big Ten (by media)
    • 2007 Ronnie Lott Award Finalist
    • 2007 Danny Weurffel Award Finalist
    • 2007 Butkus Award Semifinalist
    • 2007 Rotary Lombardi Award Semifinalist
    • 2007 Chuck Bednarik Award Semifinalist
    • 2007 Bronko Nagurski Award Semifinalist
    • 2007 National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete
    • 2007 Draddy Award Finalist

    J Leman vs Ohio State 2007

    2007: Led the team in tackles for the second straight year ... Currently tied for 22nd in the nation and tied for third in the Big Ten in tackles with 10.33 per game ... Posted eight tackles, including one for loss and a PBU, against USC in the Rose Bowl ... Tied for the team lead against Northwestern with 10 tackles - including five solos - and had a QB hurry ... Dominated at No. 1 Ohio State, racking up 12 tackles - eight solos - with 2.5 TFLs ... Had two tackles, including a solo, at Minnesota ... Notched 11 tackles - including six solos - and had two TFLs, including a sack, against Ball State ... Recorded eight tackles, including three solos, against No. 25 Michigan ... Had 10 tackles, including five solos, at Iowa ... Led the Illini defense to a win over No. 5 Wisconsin with 12 tackles, including six solos ... Led Illinois with 10 tackles, including four solos, an interception, a PBU and 0.5 TFLs against No. 21 Penn State ... His PBU and INT vs. PSU came on first and third downs, respectively, of the same drive, with Leman breaking up a would-be TD pass on first down and intercepting the third-down pass at the Illinois 3 ... Led the Illini with 10 tackles, including seven solos, at Indiana ... Keyed a defensive effort in which Illinois held the Hoosiers to 134 rushing yards after IU entered the game averaging 258.7 ypg on the ground ... Had eight tackles, 1.5 sacks and one forced fumble at Syracuse ... Tallied 11 tackles, including seven solos, vs. WIU ... Registered 1.5 TFLs and one quarterback hurry against WIU ... Started the season with an incredible performance, racking up 20 tackles vs. Missouri ... Also recorded 1.5 TFLs for two yards and one quarterback hurry vs. MU ... Second-team CoSIDA Academic All-American ... Academic All-Big Ten.

    2006: Earned first-team All-Big Ten honors by the media and second team by the coaches ... Named honorable mention All-American by Sports Illustrated ... Earned second-team All-Big Ten honors by Scout.com ... Team's Most Valuable Player and Outstanding Linebacker of the Year ... Team Captain ... Finished the season as the Big Ten leader in tackles with 152 (12.7 tpg), which also ranked third in the NCAA ... Recorded 19 TFL, which were the second best in the conference and rated seventh in the nation ... Total tackles of 152 were the most for an Illinois player since the 1990 season ... His 152 tackles and 19 tackles for loss both rank sixth in the Illinois record books for a single season ... Played and started in all 12 games ... Was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for the second time during the season with his 22-tackle performance at Northwestern ... Posted 22 tackles at Northwestern, which tied the most by an NCAA player in 2006 and the most by any player in the Big Ten ... Recorded 13 tackles and a career-high two quarterback hurries and passes broken up ... Earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors for performance against Ohio State ... Recorded 19 tackles against then-No. 1 Ohio State, including 3.5 TFL, one sack and a forced fumble ... Led the Illini with 13 tackles, including nine solos and 2.5 TFLs, at Wisconsin ... Had a team-high seven tackles, including five solos, to go along with two TFLs and a sack at Penn State, leading Illinois in tackles ... Had a team-best 13 tackles - including five solos - against Ohio ... Also recorded three TFLs for eight yards against the Bobcats ... Led the Illini in tackles with 10 stops, including four solos, against Indiana ... Also had a career-high two QB hurries and a half-sack against the Hoosiers ... Led the Illini in tackles with 11 at Michigan State, including four solos ... Also recorded 1.5 TFLs for four yards at MSU ... Had a team-high 12 tackles, including six solos, against Iowa ... Also had one TFL for one yard against the Hawkeyes ... Had 15 tackles, including six solos, to lead the Illini against Syracuse ... Also broke up a career-high two passes vs. SU ... Led the Illini with 12 tackles, including seven solos, at Rutgers ... Also had one TFL, a forced fumble and a quarterback hurry against the Scarlet Knights ... Recorded five tackles, including three solos, against Eastern Illinois ... Was named a "Boom" by collegefootballnews.com for success from the 2003 recruiting class ... Earned CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honors ... Academic All-Big Ten.

    2005: Named the team's Outstanding Linebacker ... Started all 11 games for the Illini at linebacker and also played 140 plays on special teams ... Finished the season second on the team in total tackles with 67 ... Had eight solo stops and two tackles for loss against Purdue ... Forced two fumbles, one each in back-to-back games at Iowa and Indiana ... Earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors ... Named Academic All-Big Ten.

    2004: Named to The Sporting News' Freshman All-Big Ten team ... Sixth on the team in tackles with 56 ... Played in every game, earning starts in the final five contests ... In first career start, had eight tackles vs. Michigan ... Made 10 tackles vs. Iowa and also had a TFL and half-sack ... Recorded seven tackles, one TFL and a forced fumble vs. Indiana ... Collected a TFL, a sack and eight tackles, including six solos at Northwestern ... Academic All-Big Ten.

    2003: Redshirted.

    High School: All-State selection by the Champaign News-Gazette and the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association ... Named the Area Player of the Year by the Champaign News-Gazette ... Named among the Top-100 inside linebackers in the country by Rivals.com ... Also tabbed an all-conference and all-area pick as a junior ... Tallied 356 career tackles including 191 as a senior ... Added 26 TFL, nine sacks, three blocked punts, five forced fumbles and an interception as a senior ... Earned eight prep letters, in football, basketball and track ... High school coach was former Illini Jeff Hasenstab.

    Personal: Full given name is Jeremy Jacob Leman ... Born March 1, 1985 ... Son of Happy and Dianne Leman ... Has three brothers and one sister ... Graduated in August, 2006 with a degree in speech communications in only three years at the University of Illinois ... Received his master's degree in human resource education in December, 2007 ... Active in the Vineyard Christian Fellowship ... Worked for a family-owned lawn service before college, mowing 70 lawns in the Champaign area ... Hopes to become a sports anchor or television personality following graduation ... First Champaign Central signee at Illinois since Greg Boysaw in 1985 ... Lists Dana Howard as his Fighting Illini hero.


    Career Highs:

    Tackles: 22 at Northwestern, 11/18/06
    Solos: 11 at Northwestern, 11/18/06
    TFL: 3.5 vs. Ohio State, 11/4/06
    FF: 1, six times (last time at Syracuse, 9/15/07)
    QB Sacks: 1.5 at Syracuse, 9/15/07
    QBH: 2, twice (last time vs. Purdue, 11/11/06)
    PBU: 2, twice (last time vs. Purdue, 11/11/06)
    INT: 1 vs. Penn State, 9/29/07


    Leman's Career Statistics:

    Season Totals Tackles Sacks Fumble Int pass blkd PAT PAT
    Year solo ast total tfl yds no. yds ff fr yds no. yds qbh brup kick kicks rush rcv saf pts
    2004 28 28 56 3 11 1.5 10 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    2005 37 30 67 5.5 12 0.0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    2006 75 77 152 19.0 65 4.0 27 2 0 0 0 0 5 4 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    2007 71 61 132 10.5 29 2.5 13 1 0 0 1 0 2 3 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    TOTALS 211 196 407 38 117 8 50 6 0 0 1 0 9 9 0 0-0 0 0 0 0


    2007 Tackles Sacks Fumble Int pass blkd PAT PAT
    Date Opponent solo ast total tfl yds no. yds ff fr yds no. yds qbh brup kick kicks rush rcv saf pts
    Sep 01, 2007 vs Missouri 10 10 20 1.5 2 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Sep 08, 2007 WESTERN ILLINOIS 7 4 11 1.5 3 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Sep 15, 2007 at Syracuse 3 5 8 1.5 9 1.5 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Sep 22, 2007 at Indiana 7 3 10 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Sep 29, 2007 PENN STATE 4 6 10 0.5 3 0.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Oct 06, 2007 WISCONSIN 6 6 12 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Oct. 13, 2007 at Iowa 5 5 10 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Oct 20, 2007 MICHIGAN 3 5 8 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Oct 27, 2007 BALL STATE 6 5 11 2.0 6 1.0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Nov 03, 2007 at Minnesota 1 1 2 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Nov 10, 2007 at Ohio State 8 4 12 2.5 2 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Nov 17, 2007 NORTHWESTERN 5 5 10 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Jan 1, 2008 vs USC 6 2 8 1.0 4 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0-0 0 0 0 0


    2006 Tackles Sacks Fumble Int pass blkd PAT PAT
    Date Opponent solo ast total tfl yds no. yds ff fr yds no. yds qbh brup kick kicks rush rcv saf pts
    Sep 02, 2006 EASTERN ILLINOIS 3 2 5 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Sep 09, 2006 at RUTGERS 7 5 12 1.0 1 0.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Sep 16, 2006 SYRACUSE 6 9 15 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Sep 23, 2006 IOWA 6 6 12 1.0 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Sep 30, 2006 at Michigan State 4 7 11 1.5 4 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Oct 07, 2006 INDIANA 4 6 10 0.5 1 0.5 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Oct 14, 2006 OHIO 5 8 13 3.0 8 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Oct 21, 2006 at Penn State 5 2 7 2.0 10 1.0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Oct 28, 2006 at Wisconsin 9 4 13 2.5 9 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Nov 04, 2006 OHIO STATE 8 11 19 3.5 17 1.0 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Nov 11, 2006 PURDUE 7 6 13 1.5 4 0.5 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Nov 18 2006 at Northwestern 11 11 22 2.5 10 1.0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0


    2005 Tackles Sacks Fumble Int pass blkd PAT PAT
    Date Opponent solo ast total tfl yds no. yds ff fr yds no. yds qbh brup kick kicks rush rcv saf pts
    Sep 3, 2005 RUTGERS 3 3 6 1.0 2 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Sep 10, 2005 SAN JOSE STATE 2 0 2 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Sep 17, 2005 at California 3 0 3 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Sep 24, 2005 MICHIGAN STATE 1 2 3 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Oct 1, 2005 at Iowa 2 6 8 0.0 0 0.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Oct 8, 2005 at Indiana 6 2 8 1.5 5 0.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Oct 22, 2005 PENN STATE 2 5 7 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Oct 29, 2005 WISCONSIN 3 5 8 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Nov 5, 2005 at Ohio State 2 5 7 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Nov 12, 2005 at Purdue 8 1 9 2.0 3 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Nov 19, 2005 NORTHWESTERN 5 1 6 1.0 2 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0


    2004 Tackles Sacks Fumble Int pass blkd PAT PAT
    Date Opponent solo ast total tfl yds no. yds ff fr yds no. yds qbh brup kick kicks rush rcv saf pts
    Sep 4, 2004 Florida A&M 2 4 6 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Sep 11, 2004 UCLA 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Sep 18, 2004 WESTERN MICHIGAN 0 1 1 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Sep 25, 2004 PURDUE 1 1 2 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Oct 2, 2004 at Wisconsin 2 2 4 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Oct 9, 2004 at Michigan State 5 2 7 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Oct 16, 2004 MICHIGAN 3 5 8 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Oct 23, 2004 at Minnesota 1 2 3 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Oct 30, 2004 IOWA 5 5 10 1.0 3 0.5 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Nov 6, 2004 INDIANA 3 4 7 1.0 1 0.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    Nov 20, 2004 at Northwestern 6 2 8 1.0 7 1.0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0


    updated 2/09

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