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Jim Leonhard Award Semi-Finalists

09/22/2022, 12:00pm CDT
By Travis Wilson

Coleman senior Peter Kuchta

The Jim Leonhard Award is given to the top senior defensive back as part of the WSN Senior Football Awards. The award is named after former Flambeau High School and University of Wisconsin athlete Jim Leonhard, who went on to great success in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, Denver Broncos, and Cleveland Browns before returning to his alma mater in 2016 as an assistant coach.

The pre-season list has been trimmed down to 25 semi-finalists, with five finalists chosen after Level 1 of the playoffs. Winners are announced the week of the state finals.


First Last Team
Wyatt Bell River Falls
Will Bieber Coleman
Boston Brindley La Crosse Central
Anthony Chung Homestead
Anthony Corona Wilmot
A.J. Courchaine Bay Port
Taye Derrico Appleton East
Shea DuCharme Waunakee
Jarod Falkner Mondovi
Kaden Finger Oconomowoc
Orian Gauger Two Rivers
Dawson Goodman Chippewa Falls
Ben Healy Hudson
Diego Hernandez South Milwaukee
Carter Kriewaldt Freedom
Peter Kuchta Coleman
Logan Lawonn Muskego
Derek May Kewaskum
Josiah Moul Saint Mary’s Springs
Jase Nelson Northwestern
Jack Netzel Kettle Moraine Lutheran
Jaden Pickett Milwaukee Riverside
Coy Rajotte Neenah
Brock Salm Appleton North
Jack Statz Kimberly

To view the Pre-Season Watch List, click here.

Finalists for the award do not have to come from the semi-finalist list. Lists are compiled from statistical information available to WSN, coach nominations, player evaluations, and other resources.

About the Author

Travis Wilson serves as the General Manager, Football Editor, and contributing writer for other parts of the site. Wilson was selected as part of the Sports 40 Under 40 list by Coach & AD Magazine and the National High School Athletic Coaches Association for 2019. The Wisconsin Football Coaches Association (WFCA) named Travis the 2015 recipient of the Dave McClain Distinguished Service Award. He currently serves on the WFCA Executive Board as the Website and Communications Director and is a member of the Executive Board of the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association. A graduate of Richland Center High School and Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Travis was a three-sport athlete in high school (football, baseball, basketball) and currently resides in Reedsburg. You can follow him on Twitter at @travisWSN.

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