Football player Leon Kinnard transfers to Towson

Former Loyola High standout joins Tigers from UConn

August 05, 2011|By From Sun staff reports

Leon Kinnard, who starred at Loyola High, has transferred to Towson from Connecticut and will join the Tigers in time for this football season, coach Rob Ambrose said in a news release Thursday night.

Kinnard, who played quarterback at Loyola, was recruited to UConn by Ambrose when he was the Huskies' offensive coordinator.

The 5-foot-10, 185-pound player appeared in five games at wide receiver for Connecticut last season. He completed one pass for 3 yards and gained 18 yards on four carries.

His role in the offense became somewhat uncertain when head coach Randy Edsall left UConn after the season to become the coach at Maryland. Paul Pasqualoni was hired to replace him.

"Coming to Towson is a great opportunity for me," Kinnard said in the release. "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."

At Towson, he will be reunited with center Doug Shaw, a sophomore who was his teammate at Loyola.

"Playing on the same 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."

Kinnard will be able to play this season and will have three years of eligibility remaining.

"Leon is a phenomenal young man," Ambrose said in the release. "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. 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."

As a senior at Loyola, Kinnard captained the Dons to an 11-0 record and was named to the All-Metro second team. In his junior season, he passed for 1,489 yards and threw 13 touchdown passes. As a sophomore, he threw for 1,415 yards and 11 touchdowns.

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