Former Loyola Blakefield star transfers to TU

Despite injury, Kinnard helped Dons to perfect season as a senior

  • Injured Loyola quarterback Leon Kinnard, who suffered a broken leg in October, leads his teammates across the field to shake hands with the Calvert Hall players at the end of the game.
Injured Loyola quarterback Leon Kinnard, who suffered a broken… (Baltimore Sun photo by Jed…)
August 05, 2011

Leon Kinnard is coming home, reuniting with former Loyola Blakefield teammate Doug Shaw on the Towson University football team for the upcoming 2011 campaign.

The 2008 All-State performer is transferring from the University of Connecticut, where current TU Coach Rob Ambrose was an assistant during Kinnard's recruitment.

The 5-10, 185 Kinnard appeared in five games at wide receiver for UConn last season. He completed one pass for 3 yards and ran for 18 yards on four carries.

After UConn coach Randy Edsall left to take over for Ralph Friedgen at the University of Maryland, Paul Pasqualoni was hired to lead the Huskies. That played a factor in Kinnard's decision to transfer to Towson.

As a senior at Loyola, he was a captain during the Dons' perfect 11-0 record and was named an honorable mention All-State selection. His season, however, was cut short by four games after he suffered a leg injury in a victory over Mount St. Joseph.

A year earlier, Kinnard passed for 1,489 yards and threw 13 touchdown passes as he was named second team All-State. As a sophomore, he passed for 1,415 yards and 11 touchdowns, earning honorable mention All-State notice.

"Coming to Towson is a great opportunity for me," says Kinnard. "I know that I could have contributed if I had stayed at UConn. But, I think I have a chance to contribute even more at Towson. I am just looking forward to playing football. I am excited to be playing for Coach Ambrose and having some fun.".

"Playing on the same team with Doug is just another 'perk' of this decision," he added. "We were teammates in high school and I'm excited to be his teammate again."

His new coach is also excited.

"Leon is a phenomenal young man," Ambrose said. "When I was recruiting him for UConn, one of the things that appealed to me about him was his personality. He can help a team in so many ways.

"At UConn, we recruited him to be a quarterback," he added. "After I left, I am not sure what happened. He is the type of player who makes plays. The wider the field, the more effective he is. We are probably going to use him at quarterback first because that will help him learn the offense quicker.

"But, he could do a number of different things for us," he said. "He could play wide receiver, running back, defensive back and return kicks. I may not know where he will contribute but I know he will contribute."

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