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Leon Freeman
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Vero Beach, Fla.

High School:
Vero Beach

Last College:
Mesa CC

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 235

Position:
DE

Experience:
1L

2007: One of three junior college transfers to join the Baylor program at mid-year, Freeman played in every game (one start) as a junior defensive end for the Bears and registered a team-high 9.5 tackles for loss (totaling 39 yards) ... Also ranked T-No. 3 on the squad in quarterback sacks (3.0) and T-No. 10 in total tackles with 38 (21 solos) ... In Big 12 games only, ranked No. 4 in tackles for loss with 1.0 per game as 8.0 of his 9.5 stops on the season behind the line came in conference play ... Credited with two or more tackles in 10 of 12 appearances ... Career-high eight tackles (three solo) against Oklahoma State in first career start ... Had three tackles, all solos, at No. 4 Oklahoma ... Totaled five tackles (four solos), three of which were for loss, and two sacks against No. 19 Texas ... Also had five tackles (two solos), including two for loss, at Texas A&M ... Named to spring Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll.

Junior College: Mesa Community College, Mesa, Ariz. ... 3-star Rivals.com recruit ... No. 75 on Rivals.com's Junior College Top 100 and was listed as the nation's No. 8 inside linebacker by JCGridiron.com ... Second-team All-Western States Football League and first-team All-Region I selection ... NJCAA Preseason All-American ... Totaled 49 tackles, including 13 stops behind the line and three pass breakups, as a linebacker in final season at Mesa ... As a freshman, totaled 34 tackles and six sacks ... 2005 and 2006 All-Arizona combine team member ... Also considered Cal, Iowa State, Kansas State, Utah, UTEP and Washington State.

High School: Vero Beach High School, Vero Beach, Fla. ... As a senior outside linebacker, led the team with 100 tackles.

Personal: The son of Leon Freeman and Gloria Freeman, Leon Freeman Jr. was born Oct. 31, 1982, in Vero Beach, Fla., and will celebrate his 26th birthday the day before the Bears' Nov. 1 game vs. Missouri ... Enlisted in the U.S. Army after graduating from high school and spent nearly six months in Iraq with Bravo Company 1-41 Infantry ... Received an honorable discharge as a Private First Class after three years in the U.S. Army ... General studies major.

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