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12 Chris Leak
  • Quarterback
  • 6-0, 195
  • Senior, 3L
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Independence HS

A true senior who has been a three-year starter at quarterback…

HONORS: Named to the 2005 SEC Coaches' Second Team Preseason All-SEC Team…Preseason Fourth Team All-American-Phil Steele's 2005 College Football Preview…2005 Second Team preseason All-American by Street & Smiths…Named 2005 Second Team preseason All-American by Lindy's…Listed as 2005 preseason SEC MVP by Lindy's….Named preseason 2005 SEC Offensive MVP by CBS Sportsline and Blue Ribbon…All-SEC second team in 2004-coaches…All-America-Honorable Mention-Pro Football Weekly…Named to the 2004 SEC Academic Honor Roll…SEC All-Freshman Team in 2003…Named The Sporting News SEC Offensive Freshman on the Year in 2003; Sporting News All-Freshman Team in 2003; Rivals.com Freshman All-American in 2003…Scripps/FWAA Freshman All-America Team in 2003…SEC Freshman of the Year in 2003, the fourth Gator overall to receive the honor and the second Gator QB to claim the title…Other Florida recipients were Emmitt Smith (1987), Danny Wuerffel (1993) and Jabar Gaffney (2000)…Named to the Knoxville News Sentinel SEC All-Freshman Team in 2003…Earned the Gator Performance Award at the conclusion of 2004 Spring drills…

CAREER: Played in all 37 games of his career with 33-straight starts…Has thrown a touchdown pass in all but two of his 33 starts…Is 22-11 as a starter including a 15-8 record in SEC games…Ranks fourth on the all-time UF lists in yards passing (8,271), completions (663) and fifth in attempts (1,023)… Joined Danny Wuerffel as the only quarterbacks in school history to beat four top-10 teams away from Gainesville (at LSU, at Arkansas, at Florida State and vs. Georgia in Jacksonville)…45 touchdown passes is second most by a player in his first two seasons at UF to Rex Grossman's 55…Six career 300-yard passing games…

2006: Member of the Leadership Committee…

2005: Was 235-of-374 on the year with 2,639 yards, a completion percentage of .628, 20 touchdowns and six interceptions…Ranked second in the SEC with 219.9 yards passing per game and was third in total offense with 226.7 yards per game…Leak's 20 touchdown passes were third in the league, just behind D.J. Shockley of Georgia (24) and Jay Cutler of Vanderbilt (21)…Was third among SEC quarterbacks in pass efficiency with a mark of 136.5…Threw for three or more touchdowns three times in 2005: Wyoming (3), Kentucky (4) and Vanderbilt (3)…Rated second on the Gators behind DeShawn Wynn (seven) with six rushing touchdowns…His six TDs tied for the second-best single-season total by a Gator quarterback with Jesse Palmer (2000)…Jimmy Fisher's total of eight in 1979 remains the record…Carried the ball 105 times during the year for a net of 81 yards (0.8 average)…Completed the season by exceeding 200 yards passing in UF's final four games…Leak also fired multiple touchdown passes the last four games of the year and seven times in 2005… Led the Gators to victory in the Outback Bowl by throwing for 278 yards and two touchdowns on 25-of-40 passing.…Hooked up twice with Dallas Baker for TD passes versus the Hawkeyes, a 24-yarder with one second remaining until the half and a 38-yard toss late in the third quarter…Became the first quarterback since Kerwin Bell (1985-86) to defeat Florida State in consecutive seasons…Led the Gators to a 34-7 rout of the Seminoles by going 19-for-28 for 211 yards and a pair of touchdowns, with one interception…Leak's performance marked the first time this season he threw for over 200 yards in three-straight games…Finished 18-of-31 for 210 yards and threw two touchdown passes at South Carolina, 31 yards to Chad Jackson and 11 yards to Billy Latsko…Chosen as the SEC Offensive Player of the Week for his heroics in the triumph over Vanderbilt…Completed a career-high 32 passes in 41 attempts for 257 yards and three touchdowns in the double-overtime win over Vanderbilt…Matched a career-high with two rushing touchdowns and gained a career-high 67 yards on 12 attempts (5.6 average)… Leak's rushing total was the highest for a Florida QB since Terry LeCount gained 108 yards against Georgia on Nov. 5, 1977…Did not thrown an interception in his last 91 attempts entering the South Carolina game…Completed a passes to 10 different receivers in the win over Vandy and six of them had multiple catches…His 78 percent completion rate (32-for-41) was his second-highest this season, just shy of the 25-for-32 (78.1) effort versus Kentucky…Was 15-for-20 with 108 yards and a touchdown pass to tight end Tate Casey in UF's 14-10 win over No. 4 Georgia…Also had a three-yard TD run on the Gators' opening possession of the game, a 13-play, 80-yard drive…Leak's TD pass and run against UGA marked the third time he's done both in a game this season. He only accomplished that in two games each of his previous two seasons… Leak has not thrown an interception against the Bulldogs during his career…Had a rough afternoon at LSU, finishing 11-for-30 for 107 yards and zero touchdowns…His passing yardage was the lowest since he became a starter…Carried the ball 12 times but had -32 yards rushing and was sacked four times…Threw for 244 yards against Mississippi State by going 18-for-33. Had two interceptions and one TD pass…Gained 15 yards on six carries, including a three-yard rushing touchdown…Was 16-of-37 for 187 yards and no touchdowns and threw two interceptions at Alabama…Streak of pass attempts without a pick ended at 117 in a row, tying Wayne Peace (1981) for the third-longest stretch by a Gator QB. Danny Wuerffel holds the record with 121 set between the 1995-96 seasons…Leak's last interception had come on the final play of the 2004 Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl versus Miami (Fla.)… Turned in his sixth career 300-yard effort by going 25-for-32 for 319 yards and a season-high four touchdowns against Kentucky. The Gators are 6-0 when he goes over 300 yards…The four TD tosses were the second-most of his career, shy of the six he had against South Carolina on Nov. 13, 2004…Fell three yards short of matching his career-best for yards, 322 against Arkansas last season…Was a sizzling 21-for-26 for 298 yards and four TDs in the first half versus the Wildcats…Completed passes to nine different receivers in the game…Directed the Gators to touchdowns on seven-straight possessions in the first half, including five drives over 50 yards (70, 87, 72, 67, 58)… Leak was 5-of-5 passing on third down vs. Kentucky and is now 14-of-16 passing on third down in the last two games….Completed 17-of-26 passes for 179 yards versus Tennessee…Was 9-of-11 passing on third down against the Vols, converting six attempts for a new set of downs…Spread the ball out to five different receivers, including four who had multiple catches…Streak of nine-straight 200-yard passing efforts was halted by UT…Had a season-high 17-yard scramble on 3rd and 9 in the third quarter that set up a field goal and gave the Gators a 13-7 lead…Leak's two rushing touchdowns through the first two games of the season equaled Alex Smith's number of rushing TDs through the first two games of the 2004 season at Utah…Threw for two touchdowns and rushed for two scores in the 41-3 win over Louisiana Tech…With 219 yards passing against the Bulldogs, Leak went over 200 yards for the 20th time in his career to match Doug Johnson for fifth on the school's all-time list…Completed passes to five different receivers, four of whom had receptions of over 20 yards…Leak's 80-yard scoring toss to Chad Jackson was his second-longest TD throw, just behind an 81-yarder to Jackson at Tennessee last September…Gained 16 yards on seven carries (2.3 avg.) and set a personal-high with two rushing TDs, each from a yard out…Had entered the game with 15 career rushing yards on 139 carries…Made season debut against Wyoming by going 26-for-34 for 320 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions…Established a school record with 17 consecutive completions, surpassing Steve Spurrier's mark that was set during the 1966 campaign. His 26 completions were also a career best…Moved into a tie for fourth on the SEC's all-time list for completions in a row. Tennessee's Tee Martin holds the standard of 24 straight against South Carolina in 1998…Hooked up with Chad Jackson three times for scores (26 yards twice, 7 yards)… Exceeded the 200-yard plateau for the 19th time in his career and went over 300 yards for the fifth time…Leak attempted 34 passes without an interception against Wyoming. Only five quarterbacks attempted more nationally without throwing a pick…Named to the Watch Lists for the Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year Award, the Davey O'Brien Award and the Maxwell Award…Appeared on one of Sports Illustrated's three regional covers for the publication's College Football Preview issue…Leak's appearance marked the sixth time UF football had been featured and the first time since 1996, when Danny Wuerffel was on a commemorative edition celebrating the Gators' national championship…Second-team quarterback on the SEC Coaches' Preseason squad behind Vanderbilt's Jay Cutler…

2004: A true sophomore who was the starting quarterback… Started every game seeing the field for 836 plays…Ranked 16th in the country in passing efficiency (144.92) and fourth in completions per touchdown pass (8.20)…First in the SEC in passing yards per game (266.4), first in total offense (273.5), and first in touchdowns (29)…Averaged 277 yards per game the last seven games of the season…29 touchdown passes tied the fourth best single season total in UF history…Six touchdown passes vs. South Carolina tied Danny Wuerffel for the most ever by a UF quarterback in an SEC game and was the highest total for a single game in league play…Had four of the top seven passing performances in the SEC…Broke the 3,000 yard career passing mark during the Kentucky game, the 16th of his career, Shane Matthews is the only UF quarterback to reach that mark faster (13 games)…Completed first 10 passes at Vanderbilt…Accounted for three or more touchdowns, rushing or passing, in seven of 11 games…Threw for two or more touchdowns in nine of 11 games… Threw for more than 300 yards against Arkansas, Middle Tennessee State (316), Vanderbilt (307), and South Carolina (319)…

2003: A true freshman who had a 6-3 record as the starting quarterback, the highest winning percentage of any freshman QB in the country… Held a 6-1 record in SEC games and was 3-1 vs. Top 15 teams as a starter…Started nine games (Kentucky, Ole Miss, LSU, Arkansas, Georgia, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, FSU, Iowa) after seeing time in the QB rotation with Ingle Martin and Gavin Dickey during the first four games…Ranked second in SEC history for a true freshman QB in completions (168), yards (2,167) and touchdowns (14)…Set school records in touchdowns (14) and season passing yardage (2,167) for a true freshman and scored best freshman totals in school history (RS Danny Wuerffel threw for 2,230 yards)…Threw three of the top five passing games, and six of the top 10, by true freshman QBs in UF history…Ranked second nationally among all freshmen in pass efficiency, and ninth among all underclassmen QBs in the country…Became the first freshman QB in school history to beat a Top four opponent with a 16-13 win over No. 4 Georgia…Shattered a UF school record for a starting true freshman quarterback in his first game, leading the Gators to a come-from-behind win, throwing for 268 yards and two touchdowns, completing 20-of-35 passes vs. Kentucky…With his 268 passing yards vs. Kentucky, accumulated the then third-highest total in school history by a true freshman QB, in only his first start… With three consecutive road wins over top 11 programs, became only the second freshman QB to beat three Top 15 teams in his rookie season (Kerwin Bell defeated No. 8 Georgia, No. 11 Auburn and No. 12 FSU as a redshirt freshman in 1984)…At eventual national champion LSU, led UF to a convincing 19-7 victory, becoming the second starting true freshman QB to beat a Top 10 opponent (Jesse Palmer started vs. No. 6 Auburn in 1997)…Posted a season-high 273 yards vs. No. 9 FSU while also gaining 48 yards on the ground…Also caught a pass from fellow true freshman Andre Caldwell for a 30-yard gain that set up a Gator TD on the opening drive of the second half…His 273 passing yards vs. FSU were the second highest total in UF history by a true freshman QB…Set a school record with 22 completions vs. FSU, the highest total by a true freshman QB and the fourth highest total by a freshman QB in school history…Tied a school record with 20 completions by a true freshman in a single game vs. Kentucky and Arkansas…Set a then-career high with 269 passing yards vs. Arkansas in the Gators win at No. 11 Arkansas… Accounted for half of UF's first downs vs. South Carolina, throwing seven of his 12 completions for first downs while also rushing for two others…Rushed for the first touchdown by a true freshman QB in the win over Vandy since Donald Douglas scored on a 5-yard run vs. Kentucky in Set QB bowl record for longest completion with 70-yard hook-up with Kelvin Kight…Entered the season opener against San Jose State on the Gators third offensive series for his first career action…The first pass of his career was a 31-yard completion to fellow true freshman Andre Caldwell…The Gators scored on four of Leak's seven drives vs. San Jose State…In his first game, connected on 10-of-14 passes for 111 yards and his first career TD pass, a 16-yard strike to Kelvin Kight…Completed 9-of-15 passes for 93 yards against Miami and had the Gators inside the Hurricanes 20 in the waning moments of the game…Extremely efficient against Florida A&M, completing 6-of-8 passes for 79 yards and a touchdown…Completed 9-of-12 attempts for 76 yards against Tennessee…Was one of seven true freshmen to play in every game…

PREP: Set national and state prep quarterback records during his four year career, while leading his team to three consecutive state championships (2000, 2001, 2002) and 46 straight wins as a three-year captain and four-year starter…Threw a national high school record 185 touchdown passes… Second in national prep history with 15,593 career passing yards…Led Independence to a No. 3 ranking as a senior and No. 6 as a junior in USA Today's Super 25 Poll… Named Parade's 2003 Player of the Year… Won the prestigious Ken Hall High School Player of the Year Award as a senior… Named No. 1 player by The Sporting News, USA Today and Tom Lemming as a senior…Student Sports National High School Player of the Year…A SuperPrep All- America who was considered North Carolina's No. 1 prospect…USA Today's Offensive Player of the Year in 2002… Charlotte Touchdown Club 2003 National Player of the Year…Columbus, Ohio Touchdown Club 2003 National Offensive Player of the Year…Atlanta Touchdown Club 2003 National Offensive Back of the Year…2002 National Quarterback of the Year Award by the National Quarterback Club of Washington, DC…Owned 16 state individual records at the end of his prep career including total offense, passing yards, attempts, completions and touchdown passes…Two-time North Carolina AP Player of the Year (2000, 2002), including a unanimous pick his senior season, and runner-up in 2001…The first two-time winner of the North Carolina's Mr. Football Award… Selected as the North Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year three consecutive seasons…Named to the Class 6A All-State Team three consecutive seasons (2000, 2001, 2002)…MVP of state championship game three consecutive seasons…MVP of the 2003 Army All- American Bowl…Offensive MVP of the North Carolina Shrine Bowl…Honor student…Chose Florida over Texas, Florida State, Notre Dame, Southern Cal, Iowa, North Carolina and Tennessee… High school coach was Tom Knotts…

MAJOR: Sociology.


Career Passing Stats:
Year Att Cmp Yds Pct. Int TDs LG P.Eff.
2003 320 190 2435 59.4 11 16 70 132.92
2004 399 238 3197 59.6 12 29 81 144.92
2005 374 235 2639 62.8 6 20 80 136.54
Totals: 1093 663 8271 60.7 29 65 81 138.54
Career Rushing Stats:
Year No. Yds Avg. TDs Long
2003 68 -53 -0.8 2 32
2004 61 79 1.3 2 21
2005 105 81 0.8 6 17
Totals: 234 107 0.5 10 32
Career Receiving Stats:
Year No. Yds Tds Long
2003 1 30 0 30
Totals 1 30 0 30

LEAK'S CAREER HIGHS
Passing Attempts: 43 (Kentucky, 2004)
Completions: 32 (Vanderbilt, 2005)
Longest Pass: 81 (Tennessee, 2004)
Passing Yards: 322 (Arkansas, 2004)
Passing TDs: 6 (South Carolina, 2004)
Interceptions: 3 (twice, last vs. Kentucky, 2004)
Rushing Attempts: 14 (twice, last vs. Miami (Fla.), 2004)
Rushing Yards: 67 (Vanderbilt, 2005)
Rushing TDs: 2 (twice, most recently vs. Vanderbilt, 2005)
Longest Rush: 32 (Florida State, 2003)
Receptions: 1 (Florida State, 2003)
Receiving Yards: 30 (Florida State, 2003)
Receiving TDs: None

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