75  Ronald Leary
Ronald Leary

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Baton Rouge, LA

High School:
Southern Lab HS

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 325

Position:
OL

Birthdate:
04/29/1989

Experience:
4L


11/12/2011

Memphis Football vs UAB

Photos from the Memphis-UAB football game on Nov. 12, 2011.

10/08/2011

Memphis vs. Rice - AP Photos - 10/08/11

Memphis vs. Rice - AP Photos - 10/08/11

Career Summary:


Came to the Tigers as a freshman in 2007 and was a constant contributor on the offensive line in each of his four seasons...Saw action at left tackle and right guard throughout the 44 appearances of his career...Started each game of the final three seasons with the Tigers, beginning in 2009...Was in on 2,296 of a possible 2,924 plays (78 percent) from 2008-11...Worked 91 percent of the Tigers' offensive plays in his final three seasons...Registered a career-high 82 plays in the Tigers' 2011 season opener versus Miss. State...Was crucial in paving the way for running back Curtis Steele to rush for 1,239 yards and 15 touchdowns during his career...Helped running back Greg Ray account for 873 all-purpose yards and protected a freshman quarterback who passed for over 2,000 yards in 2010.

2011:


Named second-team All-Conference USA in 2011...One of just two offensive players for the Tigers who started all 12 games in 2011...Started the first six games of his senior season at left tackle, but was forced inside because of various injuries in the line, and made his final six career starts at right guard...Saw action on 781 offensive plays in 2011 and ended his career having worked 2,296 offensive plays from 2008-11...Protected three different quarterbacks as a senior, including true freshman Taylor Reed, who threw for 1,690 yards and 10 touchdowns...Was named one of the squad's Most Valuable Players and the Offensive Lineman of the Year at the team's post-season banquet.

2010:


Had to adjust to a new offensive scheme in 2010, and saw action in all 12 games at left tackle...One of just six Tigers to start all 12 games in 2010...One of just three offensive players to make 12 consecutive starts during the season...Will enter the 2011 season with a streak of 24 consecutive starts on the offensive line...Saw action on 704 of Memphis' 718 offensive plays (98 percent) in 2010...Was in on every offensive play in nine games...Worked a season-best 72 plays against Middle Tennessee...Had to adjust to two different quarterbacks throughout the season...Was part of an offensive line that aided Gregory Ray in rushing for more than 100 yards in two games...Protected a true freshman quarterback who threw for over 2,000 yards...Received the Offensive Lineman of the Year Award at the team's post-season banquet...Earned a Spring Iron Tiger Award and a Leadership Award at the 2011 Blue-Gray Game.

2009:


Started all 12 games at left tackle...Played in 78.5 percent of the offensive plays, registering a total of 660 plays...Made his first collegiate start at left tackle in the season opener against Ole Miss and logged 70 of 78 plays, missing only parts of two drives late in the second half...Worked 55 of 63 plays against Middle Tennessee...Logged 56 of 69 offensive plays against UT Martin...Participated in all 62 offensive plays against Marshall...Worked all 57 snaps against UCF...Played in 58 of 82 offensive plays against UTEP...Registered 48 of 78 plays against Southern Miss...Worked a career-high 74 plays against East Carolina, participating in every offensive play for Memphis in the game...Played in 31 offensive plays against Tennessee...Logged 56 of 74 plays against UAB...Worked 45 of 73 plays at left tackle against Houston...Participated in 48 of 56 offensive plays against Tulsa...Was part of an offensive line that enabled Curtis Steele to rush for over 1,200 yards and 15 touchdowns...Offensive line gave way to just 17 sacks, which ranked third in Conference USA and 39th nationally...Adjusted throughout the season as Memphis used three different starters at quarterback...Earned one of the Leadership Awards, which was presented at the 2010 Blue-Gray Game.

2008:


Selected to the 2008 All-Conference USA Freshman Team...Played in eight of 13 games at left tackle and right tackle...Part of an offensive line that ranked second in C-USA in fewest sacks allowed with 17...Saw his first collegiate action on special teams against UAB...Made his first appearance on the offensive line at right tackle against Louisville, and logged 17 snaps in the game...Worked 28 of 57 offensive plays against East Carolina...Logged 21 snaps at right tackle and seven at left tackle...Played in 23 snaps on the O-Line versus Southern Miss, with 12 coming at left tackle and 11 at right tackle...Worked 27 of 74 snaps, primarily at left tackle, versus SMU...Logged 15 offensive plays with nine snaps at left tackle and six at right tackle versus UCF...Registered two offensive drives at left tackle and one at right tackle against Tulane...Participated in a career high 29 snaps versus the Green Wave...Saw early action and worked eight plays at left tackle and three plays at right tackle in the St. Petersburg Bowl...Tiger offensive line contributed to Memphis ranking 22nd nationally in rushing offense and 26th in total offense...Front line also had to make several adjustments throughout the season as four different quarterbacks were utilized due to injuries...Tigers had ranked as high as 14th nationally in passing offense prior to Arkelon Hall and Will Hudgens being injured in the ECU game...Helped pave the way for Curtis Steele to rush for 1,223 yards, which ranks fourth in school history for single season yardage.

2007:


Redshirted in 2007 as a true freshman...Athletic lineman who gained experience and knowledge while working with the offensive scout team in the fall...Had a productive spring session working behind veteran lineman Brandon Pearce.

Prep:


Lettered two seasons at Southern Lab High for coach Michael Roach...Helped Southern Lab to an 11-3 record and an appearance in the Class 1A semifinals...Credited with 49 pancake blocks and graded out at 92 percent as a senior...Did not allow a sack throughout the entire season... Earned first-team All-District 7-1A honors in 2006...Served as a permanent team captain as a senior...Selected to participate in the MSL East Meets West All-American game...Was considered the most dominating run blocker in the camp...Came out for football for the first time as a junior and earned first-team All-District and All-State honors...Was one of four Division I-A signees from Southern Lab's class of 2007...Was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Personal:


Ronald Leary is the son of Ronald and Iris Leary...Born April 29, 1989, in Baton Rouge, La....Is the only boy of seven children in his family.

Leary's Career Offensive Line Statistics
YR Games/Starts Plays/Total Team Plays
2008 8/0 151/579
2009 12/12 660/841
2010 12/12 704/718
2011 12/12 781/786
TOTAL 44/36 2,296/2,924

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