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Chris Leak

QB

Height
6' 0"
CLASS
SR
Hometown
Charlotte, N.C.
Weight
207 lbs.
Experience
3L
School
Independence

HONORS: Chosen as the Offensive Most Valuable Player of the 2007 Tostitos BCS National Championship Game after leading the Gators to a 41-14 dismantling of top-ranked Ohio State…Named the Outstanding Senior Leader on campus in the fall of 2006 and spoke to his class at graduation in December of 2006…Was among the 11 finalists for the 2006 Manning Award announced by the Sugar Bowl Committee…The Manning Award, given to the nation’s top quarterback, is the only award for college signal-callers that takes into consideration the candidate’s performance in a bowl game…Was announced as one of 15 semifinalists for the 70th annual Maxwell Award for the Collegiate Player of the Year...Selected as one of 17 members of the 2006 National Scholar-Athlete Class and was as a finalist for the 2006 Draddy Trophy…One of college football’s most sought-after and competitive awards, the Draddy Trophy recognizes an individual as the top performer in the country for combined academic success, football performance and exemplary community leadership…Was a 2006 second-team All-SEC recipient by the league's coaches…Selected first-team Preaseason All-SEC by the league's coaches and media…Named to the 2005 SEC Coaches' Second Team Preseason All-SEC Team…Was a preseason fourth-team All-American in Phil Steele's 2005 College Football Preview…2005 second-team Preseason All-American by Street & Smith’s and Lindy's…Listed as the SEC's 2005 Preseason Most Valuable Player by Lindy's….Named preseason 2005 SEC Offensive MVP by both CBS Sportsline and Blue Ribbon…Member of the All-SEC second team in 2004 by the coaches, when Leak was also an honorable mention All-American by Pro Football Weekly…Named to the 2004 SEC Academic Honor Roll…Member of the SEC All-Freshman Team in 2003…Named The Sporting News SEC Offensive Freshman of the Year in 2003, when he was also chosen to The Sporting News All-Freshman Team…Earned Freshman All-America status from Rivals.com and Scripps/FWAA…Was the SEC Freshman of the Year in 2003, the fourth Gator to receive the honor and the second Gator QB to claim the accolade…Other Florida recipients to that point were Emmitt Smith (1987), Danny Wuerffel (1993) and Jabar Gaffney (2000)…Named to the Knoxville News-Sentinel's SEC All-Freshman Team in 2003…Two-year member of the Florida Football team Leadership Committee…Appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated on three occasions as a Gator (2005 College Football Preview, January of 2006 and the National Championship Commemorative edition)..

CAREER: A four-year starter at quarterback who led the Gators to the 2007 BCS National Championship…Played in 51 career games with 47 starts…Joined Danny Wuerffel as the only Florida quarterbacks to lead the Gators to a national title…Tossed one touchdown pass versus Ohio State in the BCS Championship game and finished with 88 in his career, second place on the school’s all-time list…Is second in the category of most touchdowns responsible for in his Gator tenure, as Leak was involved in 101 touchdowns, 88 passing and 13 rushing….Passed Rex Grossman’s total of 83 TD (77 passing and six rushing) against Tennessee and finished his career behind Wuerffel’s school-record total of 122 (114 pass, eight run)…Leak now holds school records for passing yardage (11,213), completions (895) and attempts (1,458)…Threw for over 200 yards 33 times during his career and moved past Wuerffel for first all-time in that category with 283 yards at FSU…Leak eclipsed the 300-yard plateau seven times, with the Gators winning all seven outings…Was 35-12 as a starter, including a 23-9 mark against SEC opponents, and was 10-8 versus top-15 opponents…Became the first Florida quarterback since Kerwin Bell (1985-86) to defeat Florida State in consecutive seasons and completed the hat trick with his third-straight win over the Seminoles on Nov. 25, 2006…Tied Wuerffel’s Florida record with six touchdown passes against South Carolina in 2005…Leak’s rushing total of 67 yards against Vanderbilt in '05 was the highest for a Florida QB since Terry LeCount gained 108 yards against Georgia on Nov. 5, 1977….Established a school record with 17 consecutive completions in the 2005 season opener versus Wyoming, surpassing Steve Spurrier’s mark that was set during the 1966 campaign…His 45 touchdowns over his first two seasons were the second-highest total in school history behind Grossman (55)…Ranked first in the SEC in total offense (273.5), passing yards per game (266.4) and touchdowns (29) as a sophomore…Had four of the top seven passing performances in the conference in ’04…Ranked second in SEC history for a true freshman in yards (2,167), completions (168) and touchdowns (14)…Became the second Gator freshman QB to defeat three top-15 teams during his rookie season, lifting the Orange and Blue to wins over No. 4 Georgia, No. 6 LSU and No. 9 Florida State…Bell had accomplished the feat in 1984 (No. 8 Georgia, No. 11 Auburn and No. 12 Florida State)…

2006: Started each of Florida's 14 games at quarterback...Chosen as the Offensive Most Valuable Player of the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game after leading the Gators to a 41-14 dismantling of top-ranked Ohio State….Appeared on “The Tonight Show” with host Jay Leno on Jan. 9, the night after winning the title in Glendale, Ariz…Participated in the Senior Bowl held in Mobile, Ala...Was 232-of-365 on the season for 2,942 yards and threw 23 touchdown passes with 13 interceptions…Leak also rushed for three scores…Capped his career in storybook fashion by going 25-for-36 for 213 yards and one touchdown pass in the victory over Ohio State…Opened the game 9-for-9 for 99 yards and directed the Gators to three-straight touchdowns versus the Buckeyes…Fired a 14-yard scoring toss to Dallas Baker with 10:31 left in the opening quarter to tie the game at 7-7 and UF would go on to out-score Ohio State by a 34-7 margin...With 189 yards passing in the SEC title game, Leak moved past Danny Wuerffel into the top spot on the school’s all-time list…Finished his career with 11,213 yards...The record-breaking pass came on a 37-yard scoring strike to Percy Harvin in the second quarter…Was third in the SEC in the categories of touchdown passes (22), fourth in completion percentage (63.6), passing yards (2,942) and passing average per game (210.1 yds.) and fifth in passing efficiency (144.9)…Leak was tied for 26th in the nation in TD passes and is 39th in the country in pass efficiency…His 23 touchdown passes exceeded the 20 he threw for as a junior…In records dating back to 1955, he threw or more or matched the UF leader in passing touchdowns from 45 of 50 years…Helped to deliver the Gators’ first SEC title since 2000 by going 16-for-30 for 189 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the 38-28 win over Arkansas…Scored on a nine-yard run with 8:54 left in the second quarter and threw a 37-yard TD pass to Harvin to provide the Gators with a 17-0 advantage with 4:02 remaining until the half…Carried a season-high 11 times and netted 19 yards against the Hogs…Joined Kerwin Bell as the only UF starting quarterbacks to win twice in Tallahassee as he engineered a 21-14 victory over Florida State…Was 21-of-34 for 283 yards, threw two touchdown passes and had zero interceptions in improving to 3-1 against the Seminoles…Connected on a season-long 66-yard TD pass to Andre Caldwell in the first quarter and snapped a 14-14 deadlock with a 25-yard scoring strike to Baker with 10:22 left in the fourth quarter…On what turned out to be the winning drive, Leak was 7-for-8 for 79 yards, including a pair of 25-yard completions to Baker…On Senior Day, Leak was 9-for-12 for 100 yards and one touchdown in limited action as the Gators overwhelmed Western Carolina, 62-0…Hooked up with Riley Cooper on a seven-yard scoring toss in the second quarter, Cooper’s first career TD reception…Directed Florida to a 17-16 come-from-behind win over South Carolina by going 19-for-27 with 254 yards, one TD and one interception…Was a perfect 6-for-6 with 64 yards and threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Baker with 1:25 remaining in the second quarter…Converted a 3rd and 8 with an eight-yard rush on the Gators’ final drive of the game to set up the winning score…Carried seven times for 33 yards, highlighted by a 17-yard quarterback draw on the last drive…Helped the Gators clinch the SEC Eastern Division crown by being part of three touchdowns in the 25-19 win over Vanderbilt…Matched a personal best with two rushing scores against the Commodores, both from four yards out…The effort marked the second year in a row that Leak had two TD on the ground against VU…Was 18-for-25 for 237 yards passing, with a 14-yard scoring strike to Baker, but equaled his career high of three picks…Leak improved to 3-1 in his career against Georgia by throwing for 163 yards and one touchdown on 14-of-28 passing…Threw a 40-yard TD pass to Caldwell in the second quarter, his second-longest scoring throw of the season…Finished his career 64-of-105 (.610) for 753 yards, five TD and one pick versus Georgia…Limited to a season-low 108 yards on a 9-of-17 effort against Auburn…Threw one interception and his fumble on the final play of the game was returned for a TD by the Tigers…Provided the Gators with a 10-3 lead at the start of the second quarter with a 15-yard scoring toss to Baker…Went 17-for-26 with 155 yards passing and one interception in the 23-10 win over LSU…Was an effective 14-of-20 for 174 yards and two touchdown passes in the 28-13 win over Alabama…Did not throw any picks as the Gators overcame a 10-0 deficit, marking the 17th game of Leak’s career that he did not have any interceptions…Connected on a 16-yard TD to Caldwell in the third quarter and fired a 21-yard toss to Baker in the fourth stanza…Gained 31 yards on six carries, featuring a career-high 45-yard run down to the Alabama three-yard line that set up UF’s opening TD…The 45-yard run was the longest by a Gator quarterback since Terry LeCount reeled off a 74-yarder versus Georgia on Nov. 5, 1977…Was 15-of-26 for 267 yards and threw two TD passes in the 26-7 victory over Kentucky…Connected with Jemalle Cornelius on a 33-yard flea flicker 2:44 into the game and found Cornelius Ingram from six yards out in the fourth quarter…Passed Shane Matthews’ previous school records for passing attempts and completions against the ‘Cats…With the win at Tennessee, Leak became the only starting quarterback in school history to win in Knoxville, against Georgia twice, in Tallahassee, in Baton Rouge and win a bowl game…Leak won his fourth-straight game as a starting quarterback over a Top-25 team with the 21-20 win at Tennessee….Joined Wuerffel as the only two quarterbacks in school history to defeat UT, UGA and FSU five-straight times…Finished 15-of-25 for 199 yards and threw three touchdown passes in the 21-20 win at Tennessee, 21 yards to Cornelius, four yards to Baker and 21 yards to Baker…Engineered an eight-play, 65-yard drive that was completed with a 21-yard scoring toss to Baker with 6:30 left to put the Gators ahead to stay…Leak’s three TD passes marked the 11th time he had thrown for three or more touchdowns in a game…Established a career high with 352 yards on 19-of-29 passing in the 42-0 win over  UCF.…Fired four touchdowns to three different receivers and was 13-for-19 in the first half for 265 yards and three scores…Gained 16 yards rushing on four carries against the Golden Knights, including a season-best carry of nine yards…Opened the season by going 21-for-30 for 248 yards and tossed three touchdown passes in the 34-7 win over Southern Miss…Eleven of his 21 completions went for first downs and he connected with seven different Gator receivers…Completed his first two passing attempts of the season to DeShawn Wynn (eight yards) and Harvin (three yards) before throwing an interception…Engineered scoring drives of 87, 36, 71 and 82 yards that resulted in touchdowns…

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 1976 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 during the 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 the Commodores…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…Had 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 in 2005, 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 did both in a game in 2005...He only accomplished that in two games each of his previous two seasons… 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 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 in 2004…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 was 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…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 Jackson was his second-longest TD throw, just behind an 81-yarder to Jackson at Tennessee in September of 2004…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 at the time…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 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…

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 versus South Carolina tied Danny Wuerffel for the most 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 (322), 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 achieved the top freshman passing total 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 at Kentucky…With his 268 passing yards versus the Wildcats, 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 against No. 6 Auburn in 1997)…Posted a season-high 273 yards against 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 versus the Seminoles were the second-highest total in UF history by a true freshman QB…Set a school record with 22 completions in the matchup with 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 against Kentucky and Arkansas…Set a then-career high with 269 passing yards versus Arkansas in the Gators' win over the No. 11 Hogs… Accounted for half of UF’s first downs versus 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 Vanderbilt since Donald Douglas scored on a 5-yard run against Kentucky in 1989…Set a quarterback 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 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 Kight…Completed 9-of-15 passes for 93 yards against Miami (Fla.) and had the Gators inside the Hurricanes' 20-yard line 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 Independence High School 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 NewsUSA 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, D.C…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-straight seasons (2000, 2001, 2002)…MVP of state championship game three-consecutive seasons…MVP of the 2003 U.S. Army All- American Bowl…Offensive MVP of the North Carolina Shrine Bowl…Honor student…Chose Florida over Florida State, Iowa, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Southern Cal, Tennessee and Texas… High school coach was Tom Knotts…

Graduated in December of 2006 with a degree in sociology.

PERSONAL: Was born on May 3, 1985, in Charlotte, N.C…One of five children…Brother, C.J., was a reserve quarterback at Tennessee and was an administrative assistant with the Gator football program…Has three sisters: Tiffany, Kristina and Crystal…His parents are Curtis and Karen Leak…


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
2006 365 232 2942 63.6 13 23 66 144.94
Total: 1,458 895 11,213 61.4 42 88 81 140.14

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
2006 77 30 0.4 3 45
Totals: 311 137 0.4 13 45

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: 352 (UCF, 2006)
Passing TDs: 6 (South Carolina, 2004)
Interceptions: 3 (three times, last vs. Vanderbilt, 2006)
Rushing Attempts: 14 (twice, last vs. Miami (Fla.), 2004)
Rushing Yards: 67 (Vanderbilt, 2005)
Rushing TDs: 2 (three times, most recently vs. Vanderbilt, 2006)
Longest Rush: 45 (Alabama, 2006)
Receptions: 1 (Florida State, 2003)
Receiving Yards: 30 (Florida State, 2003)
Longest Reception: 30 (Florida State, 2003)

Game-By-Game

2006

                                     |---RUSHING---|  |--RECEIVING--|  |-------PASSING-------|  |--KICK RET--|  |--PUNT RET--|   All
 Date         Opponent               No.  Yds TD  Lg  No.  Yds TD  Lg  Cmp-Att-Int  Yds TD  Lg  No  Yds TD  Lg  No  Yds TD  Lg  Purp
 Sep 02, 2006 SOUTHERN MISS..........  5  -12  0   6    0    0  0   0   21- 30-  1  248  3  29   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   -12
 Sep 09, 2006 UCF....................  4   16  0   9    0    0  0   0   19- 29-  1  352  4  58   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0    16
 Sep 16, 2006 at Tennessee...........  6  -20  0   9    0    0  0   0   15- 25-  1  199  3  38   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   -20
 Sep 23, 2006 KENTUCKY...............  5  -19  0   5    0    0  0   0   15- 26-  1  267  2  33   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   -19
 Sep 30, 2006 ALABAMA................  6   31  0  45    0    0  0   0   14- 20-  0  174  2  26   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0    31
 Oct 07, 2006 LSU....................  3   -3  0   3    0    0  0   0   17- 26-  1  155  0  26   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0    -3
 Oct 14, 2006 at Auburn..............  4  -21  0   4    0    0  0   0    9- 17-  1  108  1  32   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   -21
 Oct 28, 2006 vs Georgia.............  5   15  0  12    0    0  0   0   14- 28-  1  163  1  40   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0    15
 Nov 04, 2006 at Vanderbilt..........  9  -18  2   7    0    0  0   0   18- 25-  3  237  1  29   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   -18
 Nov 11, 2006 SOUTH CAROLINA.........  7   19  0  17    0    0  0   0   19- 27-  1  254  1  28   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0    19
 Nov 18, 2006 WESTERN CAROLINA.......  1   -1  0   0    0    0  0   0    9- 12-  0  100  1  25   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0    -1
 Nov 25, 2006 at Florida State.......  8   17  0   9    0    0  0   0   21- 34-  0  283  2  66   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0    17
 Dec. 2, 2006 vs Arkansas............ 11   19  1  11    0    0  0   0   16- 30-  2  189  1  37   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0    19
 Jan. 8, 2007 vs Ohio State..........  3    7  0  14    0    0  0   0   25- 36-  0  213  1  20   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     7
 Totals.............................. 77   30  3  45    0    0  0   0  232-365- 13 2942 23  66   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0    30

 Games played: 14
 Avg per rush: 0.4
 Pass efficiency: 144.94
 All purpose avg/game: 2.1
 Total offense avg/gm: 212.3

                                     |---------TACKLES---------| |-SACKS-| |-FUMBLE-|            Pass Blkd |-Kicks--XPTS-|
 Date         Opponent               Solo  Ast  Total    TFL-Yds    No-Yds  FF FR-Yds Int-Yds QBH Brk Kick Att-Mad Run Rcv Saf  Pts
 Sep 02, 2006 SOUTHERN MISS..........   0    0      0    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Sep 09, 2006 UCF....................   0    0      0    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Sep 16, 2006 at Tennessee...........   0    0      0    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Sep 23, 2006 KENTUCKY...............   0    0      0    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Sep 30, 2006 ALABAMA................   0    0      0    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Oct 07, 2006 LSU....................   0    0      0    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Oct 14, 2006 at Auburn..............   0    0      0    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Oct 28, 2006 vs Georgia.............   0    0      0    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Nov 04, 2006 at Vanderbilt..........   1    0      1    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0   12
 Nov 11, 2006 SOUTH CAROLINA.........   0    0      0    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Nov 18, 2006 WESTERN CAROLINA.......   0    0      0    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Nov 25, 2006 at Florida State.......   0    0      0    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Dec. 2, 2006 vs Arkansas............   0    0      0    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    6
 Jan. 8, 2007 vs Ohio State..........   0    0      0    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Totals..............................   1    0      1    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0   18

2005


                                     |---RUSHING---|  |--RECEIVING--|  |-------PASSING-------|  |--KICK RET--|  |--PUNT RET--|   All
 Date         Opponent               No.  Yds TD  Lg  No.  Yds TD  Lg  Cmp-Att-Int  Yds TD  Lg  No  Yds TD  Lg  No  Yds TD  Lg  Purp
 Sep 03, 2005 WYOMING................ 10  -11  0   8    0    0  0   0   26- 34-  0  320  3  63   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   -11
 Sep 10, 2005 LOUISIANA TECH.........  7   16  2   5    0    0  0   0   13- 22-  0  219  2  80   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0    16
 Sep 17, 2005 TENNESSEE.............. 13  -15  0  17    0    0  0   0   17- 26-  0  179  0  24   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   -15
 Sep 24, 2005 at Kentucky............  7    9  0   8    0    0  0   0   25- 32-  0  319  4  50   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     9
 Oct  1, 2005 at Alabama Crimson Tide  7    2  0  13    0    0  0   0   16- 37-  2  187  0  42   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     2
 Oct 08, 2005 MISSISSIPPI STATE......  6   15  1  11    0    0  0   0   18- 33-  2  244  1  42   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0    15
 Oct 15, 2005 at LSU................. 12  -32  0  11    0    0  0   0   11- 30-  0  107  0  20   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   -32
 Oct 29, 2005 vs Georgia.............  4   -4  1   3    0    0  0   0   15- 20-  0  108  1  21   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0    -4
 Nov 05, 2005 VANDERBILT............. 12   67  2  15    0    0  0   0   32- 41-  0  257  3  16   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0    67
 Nov 12, 2005 at South Carolina......  7  -17  0  16    0    0  0   0   18- 31-  1  210  2  31   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   -17
 Nov 26, 2005 FLORIDA STATE..........  7   20  0  11    0    0  0   0   19- 28-  1  211  2  33   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0    20
 Jan 02, 2006 vs IOWA................ 13   31  0   7    0    0  0   0   25- 40-  0  278  2  38   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0    31
 Totals..............................105   81  6  17    0    0  0   0  235-374-  6 2639 20  80   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0    81

 Games played: 12
 Avg per rush: 0.8
 Pass efficiency: 136.54
 All purpose avg/game: 6.8
 Total offense avg/gm: 226.7

                                     |---------TACKLES---------| |-SACKS-| |-FUMBLE-|            Pass Blkd |-Kicks--XPTS-|
 Date         Opponent               Solo  Ast  Total    TFL-Yds    No-Yds  FF FR-Yds Int-Yds QBH Brk Kick Att-Mad Run Rcv Saf  Pts
 Sep 03, 2005 WYOMING................   0    0      0    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Sep 10, 2005 LOUISIANA TECH.........   0    0      0    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0   12
 Sep 17, 2005 TENNESSEE..............   0    0      0    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Sep 24, 2005 at Kentucky............   0    0      0    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Oct  1, 2005 at Alabama Crimson Tide   0    0      0    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Oct 08, 2005 MISSISSIPPI STATE......   0    0      0    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    6
 Oct 15, 2005 at LSU.................   0    0      0    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Oct 29, 2005 vs Georgia.............   0    0      0    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    6
 Nov 05, 2005 VANDERBILT.............   0    0      0    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0   12
 Nov 12, 2005 at South Carolina......   0    0      0    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Nov 26, 2005 FLORIDA STATE..........   0    0      0    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Jan 02, 2006 vs IOWA................   0    0      0    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Totals..............................   0    0      0    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0   36

2004

                                     |---RUSHING---|  |--RECEIVING--|  |-------PASSING-------|  |--KICK RET--|  |--PUNT RET--|   All
 Date         Opponent               No.  Yds TD  Lg  No.  Yds TD  Lg  Cmp-Att-Int  Yds TD  Lg  No  Yds TD  Lg  No  Yds TD  Lg  Purp
 Sep 11, 2004 EASTERN MICHIGAN.......  1   -6  0   0    0    0  0   0   16- 25-  0  244  3  39   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0    -6
 Sep 18, 2004 at Tennessee...........  5   -5  0   9    0    0  0   0   22- 31-  1  286  3  81   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0    -5
 Sep 25, 2004 KENTUCKY...............  3   21  0  17    0    0  0   0   25- 43-  3  261  1  65   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0    21
 Oct 02, 2004 ARKANSAS...............  5  -19  0   3    0    0  0   0   23- 38-  0  322  3  48   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   -19
 Oct 09, 2004 LSU....................  2   -4  0   5    0    0  0   0   15- 33-  0  142  2  36   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0    -4
 Oct 16, 2004 MIDDLE TENN. STATE.....  1    6  0   6    0    0  0   0   17- 22-  1  316  3  62   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     6
 Oct 23, 2004 at Mississippi State...  4   16  1  12    0   -1  0   0   20- 35-  1  260  2  46   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0    15
 Oct 30, 2004 vs GEORGIA............. 10    8  0  19    0    0  0   0   22- 34-  0  247  2  57   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     8
 Nov 6, 2004  at Vanderbilt..........  7   16  1  11    0    0  0   0   22- 29-  1  307  2  35   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0    16
 Nov 13, 2004 SOUTH CAROLINA.........  4   19  0   9    0    0  0   0   18- 31-  2  319  6  61   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0    19
 Nov 20, 2004 at Florida State.......  5  -11  0   3    0    0  0   0   19- 39-  1  231  1  38   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   -11
 Dec 31, 2004 vs Miami Hurricanes.... 14   38  0  21    0    0  0   0   19- 39-  2  262  1  45   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0    38
 Totals.............................. 61   79  2  21    0   -1  0   0  238-399- 12 3197 29  81   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0    78

 Games played: 12
 Avg per rush: 1.3
 Avg per catch: 0.0
 Pass efficiency: 144.92
 All purpose avg/game: 6.5
 Total offense avg/gm: 273.0

                                     |---------TACKLES---------| |-SACKS-| |-FUMBLE-|            Pass Blkd |-Kicks--XPTS-|
 Date         Opponent               Solo  Ast  Total    TFL-Yds    No-Yds  FF FR-Yds Int-Yds QBH Brk Kick Att-Mad Run Rcv Saf  Pts
 Sep 11, 2004 EASTERN MICHIGAN.......   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 at Tennessee...........   0    0      0    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Sep 25, 2004 KENTUCKY...............   0    0      0    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Oct 02, 2004 ARKANSAS...............   0    0      0    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Oct 09, 2004 LSU....................   0    0      0    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Oct 16, 2004 MIDDLE TENN. STATE.....   0    0      0    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Oct 23, 2004 at Mississippi State...   0    0      0    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    6
 Oct 30, 2004 vs GEORGIA.............   0    0      0    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Nov 6, 2004  at Vanderbilt..........   0    0      0    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    6
 Nov 13, 2004 SOUTH CAROLINA.........   0    0      0    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Nov 20, 2004 at Florida State.......   0    0      0    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Dec 31, 2004 vs Miami Hurricanes....   0    0      0    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Totals..............................   0    0      0    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0   12

2003

                                     |---RUSHING---|  |--RECEIVING--|  |-------PASSING-------|  |--KICK RET--|  |--PUNT RET--|   All
 Date         Opponent               No.  Yds TD  Lg  No.  Yds TD  Lg  Cmp-Att-Int  Yds TD  Lg  No  Yds TD  Lg  No  Yds TD  Lg  Purp
 Aug 30, 2003 SAN JOSE STATE.........  2    5  0   3    0    0  0   0   10- 14-  0  111  1  31   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     5
 Sep 06, 2003 at MIAMI Hurricanes....  6   -2  0   4    0    0  0   0    9- 15-  1   93  0  20   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0    -2
 Sep 13, 2003 FLORIDA A&M............  3   -6  0   6    0    0  0   0    6-  8-  0   79  1  22   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0    -6
 Sep 20, 2003 TENNESSEE..............  2   -8  0   0    0    0  0   0    9- 12-  1   76  0  25   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0    -8
 Sept. 27     at Kentucky............  8    0  0  12    0    0  0   0   20- 35-  2  268  2  69   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0
 Oct 04, 2003 OLEMISS................  4  -12  0  11    0    0  0   0   14- 27-  3  234  2  52   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   -12
 Oct. 11      at LSU................. 11  -66  0   7    0    0  0   0   18- 30-  0  229  2  47   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   -66
 Oct. 18      at Arkansas............  1  -12  0   0    0    0  0   0   20- 34-  1  269  1  42   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   -12
 Nov. 1       vs Georgia.............  1  -14  0   0    0    0  0   0   13- 23-  0  235  1  42   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   -14
 Nov 08, 2003 VANDERBILT.............  4   17  1  12    0    0  0   0   15- 25-  2  179  1  36   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0    17
 Nov. 15      at South Carolina......  8   12  1  10    0    0  0   0   12- 20-  0  121  1  22   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0    12
 Nov 29, 2003 FLORIDA STATE..........  9   48  0  32    1   30  0  30   22- 36-  0  273  2  40   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0    78
 Jan. 1       vs IOWA................  9  -15  0   8    0    0  0   0   22- 41-  1  268  2  70   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   -15
 Totals.............................. 68  -53  2  32    1   30  0  30  190-320- 11 2435 16  70   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   -23

 Games played: 13
 Avg per rush: -0.8
 Avg per catch: 30.0
 Pass efficiency: 132.92
 All purpose avg/game: -1.8
 Total offense avg/gm: 183.2

                                     |---------TACKLES---------| |-SACKS-| |-FUMBLE-|            Pass Blkd |-Kicks--XPTS-|
 Date         Opponent               Solo  Ast  Total    TFL-Yds    No-Yds  FF FR-Yds Int-Yds QBH Brk Kick Att-Mad Run Rcv Saf  Pts
 Aug 30, 2003 SAN JOSE STATE.........   0    0      0    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Sep 06, 2003 at MIAMI Hurricanes....   0    0      0    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Sep 13, 2003 FLORIDA A&M............   0    0      0    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Sep 20, 2003 TENNESSEE..............   0    0      0    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Sept. 27     at Kentucky............   0    0      0    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Oct 04, 2003 OLEMISS................   0    0      0    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Oct. 11      at LSU.................   0    0      0    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Oct. 18      at Arkansas............   0    0      0    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Nov. 1       vs Georgia.............   0    0      0    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Nov 08, 2003 VANDERBILT.............   0    0      0    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    6
 Nov. 15      at South Carolina......   0    0      0    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    6
 Nov 29, 2003 FLORIDA STATE..........   0    0      0    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     1   0   0    2
 Jan. 1       vs IOWA................   0    0      0    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Totals..............................   0    0      0    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     1   0   0   14

Profile on Chris Leak

  • One of five children
  • Was offered a scholarship to Wake Forest as an eighth grader after attending the Deacons’ football camp
  • Brother C.J. was a quarterback at Tennessee and is his hero. Began wearing No. 12 because of him, the number C.J. wore at Tennessee
  • C.J. is now an office assistant in the UF football office
  • Father, Curtis Leak, is a pavement contractor and former NFL camp receiver and used to put Chris and brother C.J. through mini football workouts when Chris was five
  • In a punt, pass and kick competition at age 11, he threw the ball 50 yards
  • Felt Florida was his best option to win a national championship
  • 4.0 in fall semester of 2002
  • Chris has two passions - football and video games. Enjoys any 2004 NCAA football video games because he can play his brother, a former quarterback at Tennessee, and says he almost always wins.
  • He spent most of his savings on spring break his senior year of high school.  Not for a trip to Cancun, or Key West, or even Panama City Beach.  But to Gainesville, of all places, to study a Florida football playbook and game tapes.
  • In his freshman year of high school, he beat out a veteran player for the quarterback job. 
  • Has been watching film since his youth football days back in Charlotte, N.C., when he, his dad Curtis and older brother C.J. would sit down together and watch for hours at a time.
  • As a freshman, roomed with Skyler Thornton and Andre Caldwell and the three would practice plays in their apartment lining up different plays in their living room.
  • According to former UF Offensive Coordinator Larry Fedora, Leak was the one who went over and got the water bottles filled and brought them to practice for the receivers, running backs and quarterbacks during voluntary conditioning in the summer of 2004.
  • During the summer of 2006, Leak visited the Manning family’s passing academy
  • His favorite college class at UF has been interpersonal communication.
  • Meets with the coaching staff on Thursdays to script the first 12 plays of an upcoming game. Leak first meets with his teammates to get their thoughts on what the 12 plays should be prior to meeting with the coaches.

What They Are Saying About Chris Leak

“I particularly like the story of the two quarterbacks, Chris Leak and Tim Tebow. First of all -- (applause.) Where's Tebow? There he is. It's like the guy is trying to bring the single wing back, you know? (Laughter.) And so Tebow takes a look at Florida and sees the fact that they've got a four-year starter, but loves the school more than anything else and helps Chris Leak be a better quarterback. That's what we call teammates, people playing together for the common good. And we thank you both for the leadership you've shown. Of course, you wouldn't be half the players that you are without the huge offensive line and the receivers and backs you've got behind you -- I know you would say that.” (3/19/07)
President George W. Bush, 43rd president of the United States

“I want to make sure I get the picture in the USA Today, Chris Leak holding the crystal ball and the confetti falling on top of him. I can say this without reservation, I love Chris Leak. I love good people, and that is good people.” (1/9/07)
Urban Meyer, UF head coach

“This is what you work for. It is very humbling at the same time, just to know when you work hard, when you keep doing the right things and you are a good person, you get the school work done, you graduate, when you are doing all the right things, eventually you time is going to come.” (1/8/07)
Chris Leak, UF quarterback

"I think with a high-profile position at quarterback at University of Florida, if you have other than a Chris Leak and Tim Tebow, two high-character, unselfish people, I am not sure we could have done what we did." (1/5/2007)
Urban Meyer, UF head coach

“We have fantastic players. That’s kind of the common theme about if you don’t have Chris Leak and Tim Tebow and Dallas Baker, I wouldn’t be sitting here right now.” (1/5/07)
Urban Meyer, UF head coach

“His career is going to be defined on this season, nothing prior to this season.” (1/4/07)
Dan Mullen, UF offensive coordinator

"Sometimes you don’t make mistakes, and sometimes you don’t make big plays.  We don’t fault him [Leak] for anything.  He's still a great quarterback.  He's our leader." (9/23/06)
Andre Caldwell, UF wide receiver

"I knew he was focused.  The only thing in his world right now was to come out here and drive us into the end zone and win the game.  You could see it in his eyes.  He was very focused and determined.  He was just like 'Let's go win the game.  Let's end this season 11-1.  Let’s go win it on this drive." (11/25/06)
Andre Caldwell, UF wide receiver

"That's what football is all about: succeeding on and off the field. Education helps you get into leadership roles and really assists you with life goals. Going through life and playing college football transcend your normal college career and gives you a strong sense of accountability. This year our team just tried to stay around the top of the national polls, and being No. 2 in the BCS standings and playing for the national championship is a real honor. Playing in and winning the SEC are something that you take pride in, too." (12/6/06)
Chris Leak, UF quarterback

"This is why you come to Florida, to play for a national title. It's a great way to go out your senior year. We were confident (things would work out) because we know how hard we worked, we know all the time we put into this season and getting the younger guys ready. We knew if we got the opportunity, it would be well-deserved.

"To be able to have this opportunity is just a great feeling. Now we've just got to be able to take advantage of it." (12/3/06)
Chris Leak

“It is just a great feeling. It is a very exciting time for the Gators and for our families. We are just real thankful for what the Lord has put us in the position to do. This opportunity is real special.” (12/3/06)
Chris Leak

 “Our main focus is to win the game. That is what we are going to prepare for. It is going to be an excellent game. Ohio State is an excellent team. We are going to have to go out there and play our best game. I have only seen the Michigan game, but I know they have progressed well throughout the year. They have some excellent coaches. We are going to have to prepare to the best of our abilities in order to be successful.” (12/3/06)
Chris Leak

“I’ve always had great respect for Ohio State’s program. They do all the right things. They have great players and great coaches. The number one ranking is very deserving.” (12/3/06)
Chris Leak

 “If we got an opportunity, we knew it would be well deserved. With the way the coaches and my teammates have worked throughout the season it makes me proud to know that all the hard work over the years is finally paying off.” (12/3/06)
Chris Leak

 “I’m just doing whatever I can to help my team win. To be able to get a victory against an excellent team like Ohio State, that would be a chapter to close the seniors’ season off. I’m all about my teammates, so my team is included in my legacy.” (12/3/06)
Chris Leak

"I respect Chris Leak as much as I respect any football player. He has been through -- it has been well documented -- what three coordinators, two different coaching staffs, different styles of offense? Chris has been the one constant. The ego doesn't get in the way. He is a team player. He is playing, in my opinion, the best football of his career." (12/1/06)
Urban Meyer, UF Head Coach

“That's why you come to Florida, to play for an SEC title. That's what we have expected ourselves with the work we put in the off-season. It just makes you proud that you have an opportunity to be able to go up there and win a championship.'' (12/1/06)
Chris Leak

"The best thing Chris has got going for him is I think he is improving the play of everyone around him. I don't think - I know I see that. I saw that on the field and saw that in the huddle. He is taking command. He is a quarterback. I am very proud of the way he has progressed." (11/29/06)
Urban Meyer, UF Head Coach

"I told coach on the sidelines, 'Just open it up and just let me go pick them apart.' Coach did a
great job calling plays and the wide receivers did a good job getting open. The offensive line gave me
time to set and throw. Those things are key when you want to be able to throw the ball down field."
(11/25/06)
Chris Leak

“You think about the last two drives against Tennessee, against LSU and South Carolina, and he’s helped us win a bunch of games. He is understanding what a quarterback has to do, and he’s playing very well for us right now.” (11/18/06)
Urban Meyer, UF Head Coach

"I have always thought that he is a very good quarterback. He is a cool customer and knows what they are trying to do. I haven't seen him get very stressed in there. He made a bunch of third down plays against us last year and a bunch of big plays that kept drives alive. I have a lot of respect for him, and I think he does a great job." (11/01/06)
Bobby Johnson, Vanderbilt Head Coach

“Chris Leak is our starting quarterback. Tim, he’s just a fun kid. He and Chris, the relationship they have is what makes them an awful lot of fun to coach. People aren’t around, but they’re joking with each other in the meeting room all the time. There was a lot of discussion, I can tell you, after the Alabama game about how Chris had the longest run by a Florida quarterback in the last 20 years.” (10/8/2006)
Dan Mullen, UF Offensive Coordinator

“We were dean in the water. That really turned things around for us. Chris’ run was beautiful, and it was a designed play.” (9/30/06)
Urban Meyer, UF Head Coach

“What Leak did on that one play in the second quarter was shot the world, notably skeptical Gators fans, that a) Leak can be athletic; b) Leak can be emotional; and c) Leak can show leadership qualities. Because after Leak had completed a designed draw in a fashion that most – including myself – did not think he was capable of doing, he actually ran around the field, exulting in joy, pumping his fists and leaping in the air as fans cheered.” (9/30/06)
Joe Schad, ESPN

"Chris is a really good quarterback. He's one of the best quarterbacks in the country. Everybody should be happy when we're doing well."(9/23/06)
Tim Tebow, UF Quarterback

"We're just trying to keep them off balance a little bit. There are certain plays Chris is very good at and some Tim is very good at. Tim is a sparkplug. We've got a good rotation going on in there." (9/23/06)
Urban Meyer, UF Head Coach

"Chris and Tim are a great complement to each other. We need both of those guys at full speed. I've done that before. It's a great change-up." (9/23/06)
Urban Meyer, UF Head Coach

"I feel a lot more comfortable in the offense now. Coach comes to me all the time and asks me all the time what I like to run, what plays am I comfortable with. I always give him the top plays I'm real comfortable with and I think the guys around me are very comfortable with." (9/14/06)
Chris Leak

“He is the face of Florida football. Definitely. Him being a quarterback and with the personality and character he's got, I can definitely see him playing that role. A guy like that, he deserves a big year. Hard work pays off. He's definitely been working hard. I wouldn't be surprised at all if he went on to win the Heisman and do all that great stuff. We've got a lot of confidence in him. Ever since he came in and stepped in as a freshman, he's showed up in big games. He comes to work every day and never complains. And you see his production." (8/27/06)
Jemalle Cornelius, UF Wide Receiver

“It would be a grave mistake to say Leak isn't a very good quarterback. He's third among active college quarterbacks in career yards (8,271), trailing only Houston's Kevin Kolb and Quinn. He's easily the
SEC's active leader in wins, touchdown passes and completions, as well. He trails only the holy trinity
of Wuerffel, Matthews and Grossman in most categories on the Florida career charts, and should blow
past them in several areas if he stays healthy this year. He played extremely well in Florida's 2005
season-ending triumphs over rival Florida State and over Iowa in the Outback Bowl.” (8/24/06)
Pat Forde, ESPN

"I think Chris Leak is playing his best football. As a matter of fact, I don't think, I know. We did a situation with 1:10 left, one timeout and we had to get to the yard-line to kick a field goal. He did an excellent job twice, right down the field. I'm very pleased with Chris." (8/20/06)
Urban Meyer, UF Head Coach

"All these guys want a title. We want a ring on our finger right now. That's why — especially for our seniors — we're very hungry this year. In order for us to be successful with the schedule that we're having, everyone has to have their best year and play well." (8/13/06)
Chris Leak

“I was pretty young, but I remember seeing (Leak’s commitment to Florida) and being happy that he came to the University of Florida. You know, I grew up a Gator fan, so I was happy. We’ve talked about it and some other schools that recruited us and some funny things about that. But, our relationship is good. We have a lot of times during training camp that we’re together, so we get to talk about a lot of stuff.” (8/12/06)
Tim Tebow, UF Quarterback

"I was watching Chris throw the ball; there's not too many people in the world who can throw a prettier pass than Chris. Every day, it's awesome to come out here and work with a quarterback like that. He's the best I've ever seen. I think, since I've been here, he's thrown two balls that weren't spirals." (8/8/06)
Tim Tebow, UF Quarterback

“Chris is a guy that likes to anticipate, put some touch on the ball and let receivers run under it. Part of the key is to know when he needs to rear back and let it rip. I think he was much more comfortable at the end of the spring making those decisions.” (8/1/06)
Dan Mullen, UF Offensive Coordinator

“I think his confidence in the offense has improved. His footwork, balance and speed of decision-making, and I think that just came with experience. That is what I was most happy with.” (8/1/06)
Dan Mullen, UF Offensive Coordinator

“This was the first time he walked into a spring practice and already knew the offense, because it’s his second year running it. Now, when he is sitting there during installation, he has a better grasp. He can be more vocal because he doesn’t have to worry about himself. It is completely different from this time last year.” (8/1/06)
Dan Mullen, UF Offensive Coordinator

“He has to be the take charge guy. You don’t find many teams that compete for championships that don’t have a great quarterback. That is what we need.” (8/1/06)
Dan Mullen, UF Offensive Coordinator

“Tim (Tebow) has accepted the role that he’s going to learn to play quarterback from Chris Leak. More importantly, Chris Leak has accepted the role that he’s going to teach Tim how to play quarterback.” (7/31/06)
Urban Meyer, UF Head Coach

“I really don’t listen to things outside of me getting my education and leading my team, being a great team leader and a great team captain. I really haven’t listened to any outside things. I’m just focused on being a Gator.” (7/31/06)
Chris Leak

“I think he is as prepared as I’ve ever seen him. Mentally, physically, he is right on the dot right now. His job is to get the receivers and the offense on the same page right now.” (7/30/06)
Urban Meyer, UF Head Coach

“The reason Rex Grossman, Shane Matthews and Danny Wuerffel were great quarterbacks is because they’ve got a ring that says they’re the best, not because they threw for a number of yards. Chris’ job is to go win the championship. The best thing going is that Chris agrees with that. That’s all that matters, is find a way to win a championship.” (7/29/06)
Urban Meyer, UF Head Coach

“Chris is a great player. He handled the offense well in his first year, and I know he’ll do an even better job this year now that he knows the offense. Chris is a real humble guy; he doesn’t worry about what other people say. He’s a real leader.” (7/29/06)
Ray McDonald, UF Defensive End

``I've enjoyed all my time as a Gator at Florida. I really don't listen to things outside of me getting my education and me leading my team and being a great team leader and a great team captain. I really haven't listened to any outside things. My focus is on football and my education.'' (7/29/06)
Chris Leak

``I think Tebow is a great quarterback, and he's going to have his time when Chris leaves. But as far as them talking about Chris not playing, Chris is the starting quarterback; He's been a great quarterback, a good quarterback since he got at Florida in my opinion. So, I don't think that's fair to Chris.'' (7/29/06)
Ray McDonald, UF Defensive End

``Chris Leak, in my opinion, had a very good year in the spread offense. He won more games than he's ever won. His completion percentage was higher. He threw half as many interceptions. At the University of Florida, and most programs, you're not evaluated on yards thrown but winning championships. The only just criticism of Chris right now in my opinion is that he has not won a championship.'' (7/29/06)
Urban Meyer, UF Head Coach

Winning a championship is “very important as the quarterback, and that’s very important to me as a player and a competitor because that’s what you want to do as a Gator. Your expectations as a Gator are to compete for SEC and national titles.” (7/29/06)
Chris Leak

“It goes by fast. I have enjoyed every year at Florida. I can remember every snap I’ve taken as a Gator. I have every snap on film. I’m expecting this to be my best year.” (7/29/06)
Chris Leak

“My expectations every year are to compete for a national title. Being a veteran quarterback and having veteran guys around me, I’m really excited.” (July 2006)
Chris Leak

“He has a strong arm, and he knows he wants to work at it. Chris wants to play beyond the University of Florida. He’ll know that he better put a little more zip than touch because that window is going to shrink even more beyond Florida. That opportunity to complete passes will be even smaller.” (July 2006)
Dan Mullen, UF Offensive Coordinator

“If Chris Leak is not the best vocal leader on game day, we have to make sure other people are compensating for it within the leadership role. Then maybe I am. I become more of vocal leader within the offense. But I know Chris wants to be the best quarterback he can be, so he works on it all the time. Like anything, it doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time. It developed this spring. He sees something, he checks to this and this is why. He’s telling the line here’s where you’re going. He’s taking more control. That’s a confidence factor. The more he feels comfortable doing it, the better we are as a team.” (July 2006)
Dan Mullen, UF Offensive Coordinator

“Chris Leak had a great spring. He’s anxious for the summer. I think he knows he’s going to take it to the next level.” (July 2006)
Urban Meyer, UF Head Coach

“He’s picking it up from coach Meyer and really being a leader. After certain plays, he comes up and tells me what I’ve done wrong and what I’ve done better. He’s more verbal, saying ‘Let’s go make this play.’ Just hearing it from him helps.” (July 2006)
Louis Murphy, UF Wide Receiver

“Leak looks like he’s ready to take his game to another level in the offense. He’s getting to do the things he likes most – throwing the ball from the pocket and on the run – and has a chance to put up huge numbers.” (4/23/06)
Robbie Andreu, The Gainesville Sun

“My relationship with Chris is great. Chris is a great quarterback. He is also a great person to learn under. (4/23/06)
Tim Tebow

“The good thing is that there isn’t a quarterback controversy in-house. For Gator fans and college football fans, that’s a great water-cooler story. That’s a great discussion around the coffee in the morning. It’s also a great discussion upstairs [in the coaches’ offices], but Chris Leak is our quarterback.”
Source: Tampa Tribune Date: April 23, 2006          
Article: Tebow Shines, But No QB Controversy By: Andy Staples

“There is no quarterback controversy.”
Source: Orlando Sentinel Date: April 23, 2006          
Article: Tebow’s play leaves Leak nearly speechless  By: David Whitley

“That’s a great water cooler story. That’s a great discussion over coffee in the morning. Chris Leak is our quarterback, and Tim Tebow is going to be a guy that’s going to play. We’re going to let him grow as a quarterback. There is no quarterback controversy.”
Source: AP from The Ledger Date: April 23, 2006          
Article: Tebow Stands Out By: Mark Long

“Chris Leak is our quarterback and Tim Tebow is a guy who is going to play. His (Tebow’s) playing time is all dictated by Tim Tebow.”
Source: GatorSports Date: April 22, 2006          
Article: Orange defeats Blue in a less than spectacular spring finale By: Dennis Culver

“(Leak’s) had a great spring. He’s much further (than last season). He’s anxious for the summer. I think he knows he’s going to take it to the next level.”
Source: St. Petersburg Times          Date: April 22, 2006          
Article: Scrimmage will show how far UF has come    By: Antonya English

“Chris Leak, as quarterback, he has to be a leader, he has no choice. [Leak, Brandon Siler, and Dallas Baker] are just some of the guys that have to step up.”
Source: AJC Date: April 22, 2006          
Article: Gators’ Leak looks to be leader By: Bill Sanders

“The quarterback has to make plays. A lot of those plays have to be made with their feet. Some people are natural, some are unnatural. Chris Leak received a lot of criticism, but a lot of it had to do with other areas of the offense, not just the quarterback. We will run some option and [Leak] will have to improve as a runner at quarterback. We’re going to complement the offense with what we do well.”
Source: AJC Date: April 22, 2006          
Article: Gators’ Leak looks to be leader By: Bill Sanders

“Leak was good today. We are trying to get him comfortable so he can change plays.”
Source: GatorSports Date: April 15, 2006          
Article: Defense wins Saturday’s scrimmage By: Dennis Culver

“He’s acting like a senior quarterback right now. I really like his tempo at practice. I like the way he’s taken control, holding guys accountable. The good thing is that there isn’t a quarterback controversy in-house. For Gators fans and college football fans, it’s a great water-cooler story, but Chris Leak is our quarterback.”
Urban Meyer, Florida Head Coach

“That position, that’s a lot like saying the best team wins. That position, he’s the general. I didn’t feel positive about that last year. But I feel much better now.”
Source: Florida Today Date: April 12, 2006          
Article: Leak is focused on title By: David Jones

"You can't say enough about Chris. He works his tail off day in and day out-first one in, last one out. That's Chris Leak for you.  For those of you who don't know him, get used to him because he'll be back around fro the next couple of years." (November 13, 2004)
Tate Casey, UF tight end

“We’ve got one of the best quarterbacks in the nation, so that helps a lot.  You know the ball is going to get delivered. All you have to do is be there and be ready, and do something after you get it in your hands.” (August 21, 2004)
Jemalle Cornelius, UF wide receiver

“I was very, very impressed the way he retaliated when the ‘Noles went ahead with that lucky pass.  It looked like they had won the game and he (Leak) took it down the length of the field and was trying to throw it in the end zone to win it.  That was the most impressive thing I saw him do myself.  He might have won that game ballgame.  That was very, very impressive, the way he handled that situation.” (August 23, 2004)
Lee Corso, ESPN football analyst 

"The coolness that Leak displayed in a hostile enviroment in a big game is the mark of an excellent quarterback.  I don't think you ever do that once in your life unless you are destined to be a great quarterback.  That's what took my breath away.  We (ESPN) had the Kentucky game (the following week), and I said Chris Leak is a transcendent quaterback.  What I meant was he has the capacity to see through all the garbage--not just the blitzes and smashes to the chin, but the crowd noise and the aura of larger than-life stuff, He just remained the same."(November, 13, 2004)
Bill Curry, ESPN broadcaster

"Leak is a bit bigger, stronger, and faster this season.  His mechanics have looked flawless during summer scrimmages, and he appears to have complete control of the offense.” (August 26, 2004)
Jeff Darlington, Orlando Sentinel

"To be honest, the whole Leak thing is blown beyond all proportions. Fans are concerned that Leak , mostly a drop-back passer in the past, will be made into an option guy like Alex Smith. Did anyone realize that Leak is arguably a better athlete and thrower than Smith? And good coaches do tweak their systems to fit their talent. Expect Leak to be better than Smith and chase a Heisman this year." (April 8, 2005)

“Tennessee’s Erik ‘The New Peyton' Ainge got most of the attention Saturday. He seemed to turn a corner…But Florida’s Chris Leak seemed like he turned his own corner. It’s obvious the sophomore has been given more responsibility as a sophomore. His 286-yard, three touchdown performance was one of the best of his short career.  Had Florida won, it might have been his Heisman campaign coming-out party. As it is, Gators everywhere should be slobbering over Leak’s potential in what should be an entertaining three-game homestand coming up against Kentucky, Arkansas, and LSU.” (September 22, 2004)
Dennis Dodd, CBS Sportsline

“Nothing is going to shake him.  He’s mature beyond his years. I’ve never been around a guy like that.” (August 16, 2004)

“He doesn’t get shaken up.  If he doesn’t get shaken up in front of 90,000 people in Baton Rouge or in The Swamp, nothing else is going shake you. He’s mature beyond his years, he really is.  I’ve never been around a guy like that at his age.” (August 23, 2004)

“To this point, it seems like he’s doing all of the little things we asked him to do over the summer. All of the things he needed to improve on he has on every single one.” (August 24, 2004)

“Nothing he does surprises me.  He’s at a point right now where you expect him to make every play correctly.” (August 24, 2004)
Larry Fedora, Former UF Offensive Coordinator

“Went to find the best college quarterback in the state last Friday. Stopped by the Miami-Florida State game.  Bad idea. The best college quarterback in the state was in Gainesville last Saturday, throwing touchdowns for Florida.  Ah, the good Chris. The best quarterback in the state is a true sophomore, not a senior like Miami’s Brock Berlin or Florida State’s Chris Rix. He’s also not a sock puppet, which is what those guys looked like last Friday. The best college quarterback in the state is named Chris Leak. He won’t turn 20 until May, but today he makes his 11th collegiate start.”  (September 18, 2004)
Martin Fennelly, Tampa Tribune

“I’ll never forget being in Baton Rouge last season, when Leak generated an upset of LSU. He was unflappable. He negated an aggressive LSU defense by working a short, precise passing game.  And he was just a freshman.  Now Leak is a year older, and better.” (September 15, 2004)
Joey Johnston, NBCSports.com

“Leak proved last fall he can be a dominating quarterback, even though he just turned 19 in May. He finished his first campaign with 2,435 yards and 16 touchdowns—second all-time in SEC history for true freshmen in both categories. And no Florida fan will soon forget the midseason stretch he engineered…Three wins against three Top 10 teams—all away from Gainesville. That’s something no UF quarterback had ever done.”(August 23, 2004)
David Jones, Florida Today

“It was just another day at the Swamp for sophomore quarterback Chris Leak, who looked even more poised than he did a year ago as he started his first season opener. Leak completed 16 for 25 for 244 yards and tossed three touchdown passes.” (September 12, 2004)
Mike Phillips, Miami Herald

“Leak is a very good quarterback, and he plays beyond his years. He plays like a senior sometimes.  He is going to scramble, but it’s not to run. He’s scrambling to try and find a receiver, and that shows patience, and it also makes our job even harder.  We’ve got to stay on that receiver until the whistle, or he’ll make you pay.  He’s done it to people before.” (September 2, 2004)
Keon Raymond, MTSU defensive back

“The guy is a great student of the game.  I remember him being at camp when I was at FSU back when he was going into the ninth grade.  His fundamentals were just about where you didn’t want to say anything to him. He was very polished back then. His single-mindedness has made the biggest difference in where he is today.” (September 1, 2004)
Mark Richt, Georgia Head Coach

“Chris Leak has played extremely well—lots of poise, very active, athletic enough to be elusive if you do get pressure on him. He can scramble and make plays, has been very good on third down, knows exactly what he’s doing, gets the ball in the right places most of the time.” (October 4, 2004)
Nick Saban, Former LSU Head Coach

“The 19-year old sophomore was in midseason form Monday night in the first scrimmage of the summer in The Swamp.  Leak completed seven of his 11 passes for 71 yards and a touchdown, and then tossed three more touchdowns during a red-zone offense drill inside the 20-yard line.” (August 16, 2004)
Edgar Thompson, Palm Beach Post

“Leak’s experience running an offense out of the shotgun should help make for a quicker transition to his complex system, which produced top overall NFL draft pick Alex Smith of Utah.” (7/28/2005)
John Zenor, Associated Press

“This is one of the no-brainers. Really, if you have anyone other than Chris Leak in this spot (First Team All-SEC Quarterback) you’re a dope. He threw for 19 more touchdown passes than any other returning quarterback and now goes to work with a guy who really knows what he’s doing.” (7/28/2005)
Pat Dooley, Gainesville Sun

“Chris Leak is that same kind of mold. The kid works, has high character, comes from a great family. He is also developing leadership skills. He’s a junior, and that’s when the leadership comes out in a young man. So I think there are a lot of similarities between Chris and Alex. But the most important thing is competitive leadership and a high-character human being. I want that guy receiving a snap from center.” (7/29/2005)
Urban Meyer, Florida Head Coach

“The Gators do appear to have the strongest of the Florida college teams to start the season, mainly due to Chris Leak, who under Meyer’s guidance should finally live up to the Heisman hype that was attached to him at the beginning of last season.” (7/29/2005)
Mario Sarmento, Lake City Reporter

“Everything that we’ve asked him, he’s done. From throwing mechanics, to leadership, to studying offense, to meeting with someone who is struggling.”
Urban Meyer, Florida Head Coach

“His name was said last year and it will be said again – Chris Leak. The junior quarterback is a weapon in every sense of the word. He’s fast. He’s accurate. He’s smart. And now, according to first-year head coach Urban Meyer, he’s a leader. This should be the breakout season for him Florida fans are waiting for.” (8/8/2005)
Bradley Handwerger, The Decatur Daily

“Incumbent quarterback Chris Leak’s strong arm and mobility should make him a good fit for the spread offense that made Meyer a hot commodity at Bowling Green and Utah.” (8/3/2005)
Eddie Timanus, USA Today

“Florida’s Chris Leak and Tennessee’s Gerald Riggs Jr. are early Heisman Trophy candidates.” (8/10/2005)
John Brice, The Daily Times

He also became the first Florida quarterback to beat FSU in consecutive regular seasons since Kerwin Bell.” (11/28/05)
Martin Fennelly, Tampa Tribune Columnist

"This is how I felt last year. That was huge for us then and it is now, too. Not many players get to experience this and playing a great team like Florida State. It's something you can't explain. When you go undefeated in The Swamp, you know you've taken it back. The fans came out and supported us and we stuck together to get it done in the end." (11/30/05)
Chris Leak, UF Quarterback

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