SACKVILLE, N.B. – Since his arrival on campus two seasons ago, Halifax athlete Jacob LeBlanc has made an impact across the country as a talented football player.
Wednesday, at the 2012 national awards dinner, he was recognized as a second-team All-Canadian defensive tackle in the country's Canadian Interuniversity Sport football conference.
Currently only in his second year, LeBlanc had another great season in 2012, leading the Mounties back to the playoffs and finishing third in tackles for Atlantic University Sport defensive linemen.
Winning AUS Defensive Player of the Week honours in mid-October, he tallied up some notable stats over the past season with 35.5 tackles (12th in AUS), one sack for four yards, seven tackles for loss (ninth in AUS), four forced fumbles (tied second in CIS, second in AUS), one field goal block, and one pass break up.
The two-time AUS all-star was not only chosen as the Mounties' Rookie of the Year in 2011, the six-foot-three, 320-pound LeBlanc also won the Atlantic University Sport football Rookie of the Year honours in his first season.
In addition, over the past summer he was also named to Canada's Junior team which won the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) Under-19 Championship game in Texas.
Prior to joining the Mounties, LeBlanc was selected as an all-star at the 2010 Canada Cup and is a product of J.L. Ilsley High School in Spryfield, N.S., where he was a high school defensive all-star and was named male athlete of the year in his senior year.
A second-year arts student at Mount Allison, LeBlanc has improved every game out.
In describing LeBlanc's play, Mounties' head coach Kelly Jeffrey says, "Jacob was physically dominating on the interior of the defense. His ability to control the center of the line is unique and opens up plays for the rest of the defense around him. With his second all-star award in just his second season, he is only going to get more dominant in the coming seasons and continue to be a real asset for our program.”