Nathan Jeffery, Josh Bell and Brandon Polk combined to rush for 245 yards on Saturday morning in the Sun Bowl.
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 major.