Nathan Jeffery, Josh Bell and Brandon Polk combined to rush for 245 yards on Saturday morning in the Sun Bowl.
2014 (SOPHOMORE): Played in eight games, seeing action at the weak safety position ... had first tackle of the season in Miners' home opener against Texas Tech ... part of the defensive unit that pressured the NM State offense and held them to only five third-down conversions out of 12 attempts ... suffered injury and sat out against UTSA, Southern Miss, WKU, North Texas, Rice and Middle Tennessee ... helped lead team to New Mexico Bowl, its first since 2010.
2013 (FRESHMAN): Played in all 12 games, making one start at the strong safety position ... totaled 12 tackles (3s/9a) and a fumble recovery ... made lone start against New Mexico, racking up six tackles (1s/5a) ... recorded three stops and a fumble recovery at North Texas.
PRIOR TO UTEP: Earned first team All-League honors as a safety, and second team accolades as a running back & kick returner as a senior at Desert Pines HS ... rated the no. 9 prospect in the state of Nevada by Rivals.com ... rushed for 865 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior ... rushed for 1,192 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior ... three-year varsity letterman for coach Paul Bennett ... also ran track at Desert Pines for three years, competing in the 100 & 200 meters and the 4x100 & 4x200 relays.
PERSONAL: Full name is Leon Hayes ... parents are Darrell Haley and Donna Hayes ... born in Panama City, Fla. ... has one sister ... communication studies major.