The Jim Leonhard Award is given to the top senior defensive back as part of the WSN Senior Football Awards presented by Taco Bell. The award is named after former Flambeau High School and University of Wisconsin athlete Jim Leonhard, who has gone on to great success in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens and New York Jets.
The pre-season list has been trimmed down to 25 semi-finalists, with five finalists chosen at the conclusion of the regular season. Winners are announced the week of the state finals.
Jim Leonhard Award Semi-Finalists:
Cole Bollant, Waunakee
Steven Burkard, Manitowoc Lincoln
Marquan Ellison, Milwaukee Bradley Tech
Justin Erickson, Racine St. Catherine's
Matt Gaffney, Menasha
Brady Goska, Wisconsin Rapids
Jake Heuer, Beaver Dam
Ben Holcomb, Germantown
Cody Jaeger, Milwaukee Marquette
Daniel Konowalski, Waukesha West
Riley Kovars, Milton
Chase Luebker, Plum City
Matt Mayer, Kimberly
Eric Murray, Milwaukee Riverside
Tyler Naatz, Menomonie
Jerry Nash, Kenosha Bradford
Adam Nelson, Omro
Austin Oungst, Lakeland
Nick Peterson, Cedar Grove-Belgium
Evan Richarz, Pius XI
Jimmy Schmidt, Xavier
Kyle Schueller, Edgar
Ben Steker, Pewaukee
Bakari Triggs, Milwaukee Riverside
Jacob Zwiefelhofer, Bloomer
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.