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NASHVILLE, TENN. - The College Football Performance Awards has named Tennessee State tight end A.C. Leonard its FCS National Tight End of the Year.

Leonard, in his first season with TSU after transferring from Florida, was the tight end selection after catching 51 passes for 733 yards and six touchdowns in 10 games. The 733 yards were the most by a tight end at the FCS level this year and was the fourth most throughout all four divisions of college football (FBS, FCS, D-II and D-III). He led all HBCU tight ends in receptions, yards, yards per reception (14.4) and touchdowns.

Leonard is the first CFPA FCS recipient announced for 2012 season. The full list will be announced January 9th, 2013.

As prominent scholars from a wide variety of disciplines note, CFPA eliminates the politics and biases that vitiate balloting-based awards.

He was also named to the Walter Camp Football Championship Subdivision All-America Team.

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An Open Letter to A.C. Leonard:

Dear A.C. Leonard,

My name is Bradley C. Smith, and I am Executive Director of the College Football Performance Awards. I would like to take this opportunity to commend you for all your hard work as a student-athlete at Tennessee State and briefly explain the significance of your achievements as a tight end for the Tigers.

The goal of the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. CFPA recognizes weekly, annual, and multi-season (career) award recipients – selected based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams.

After an extensive review of the existing data, literature, and evidence, it was determined that you finished the 2012 season with the strongest tight end performance in Division I FCS college football. As a result, your performance satisfies the strict criteria CFPA established for recognition.

On behalf of everyone at CFPA -- Assistant Director Harold A. Smith, M.D., Academic Review Chair Paul Studtmann, Ph.D., Associate Director Albert Driver, M.D., and academic review associates, including former Science Advisor to President Obama, Lawrence Krauss, Ph.D., please accept our sincerest congratulations….

A.C. LEONARD - 2012 CFPA FCS TIGHT END AWARD RECIPIENT

With warm scientific regards,

BRADLEY C. SMITH, MCM
Executive Director
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PERFORMANCE AWARDS

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