The Rice Owls donned shoulder pads for the first time in their 2012 Fall Camp on Monday at Rice Stadium.
Valuable former walk-on who made the successful transition to defensive end after originally earning extensive playing time as a safety.
Academic All-Conference USA and CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District team for Region 7 with a 3.65 GPA in Mathematical Economic Analysis... Battled back from an early-season injury to return to the rotation at defensive end... Credited with three tackles in the opener vs. UCLA in his debut at defensive end after making the transition from safety in fall camp... Injured early in the Kansas game, but returned to action by UTSA... Credited with tackles vs. Tulsa and Southern Miss.
Credited with three assists vs. UTEP ... Matched his career-high with eight tackles vs. Tulsa, while also being credited with his first career PBU and fumble recovery.... Credited with a career-best eight tackles at Marshall in his second straight start.... Earned his first career start vs. Memphis and was credited with seven tackles... Credited with a three tackles in the opener at Texas and matched it the following week vs. Purdue.
Redshirt freshman walkon who battled back from an injury in fall training camp to become a productive member of
the kickoff coverage squad... Tied for second with eight tackles on kickoff coverage, despite only playing onl.y the last seven games... Made tackles in each of the last five games, including a pair in each of the last three... Completed his recovery from a training camp injury to make his debut on special teams vs. UTEP... Credited with his first tackle, on kickoff coverage vs. UCF.
Redshirted... Earned C-USA Commissioner's Academic Medal for his efforts in the classroom.
Katy Cinco Ranch High School
Unanimous All-District 17-5A selection as well as the all-purpose defensive MVP as a senior for Donald
Clayton at Katy Cinco Ranch HS... Joins with teammate Bobby Kiesewetter as a walk-on this fall... Finished
the year with 64 tackles, two fumble recoveries, four interceptions and nine pass breakups as the
Cougars reached the regional semifinals... Second-team Academic All-State honoree... Member of the National Honor Society and PALS
Peer Assistance Leadership).
Full Name: Tanner Temple Leland... Born: February 22, 1991 at El Paso, Texas. .... Parents: Mark and Simone Leland ...(three brothers).... Rice major: undeclared.