22Leon McQuay III
CAREER: He has 73 tackles (2 for a loss), 11 deflections, 2 forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and 3 interceptions in his career. He has 12 career starts.
2016: The veteran McQuay will battle for a starting role at safety as a senior in 2016.
2015: McQuay was an often-used backup strong safety as a junior in 2015. Overall in 2015 while appearing in USC’s first 8 games and the last game (he started against Utah and California), he had 18 tackles, including 1.5 for losses of 3 yards, 3 deflections, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He hurt his knee prior to the Arizona game and missed 3 games (Arizona, Colorado, Oregon).
He had 2 tackles and a deflection against Arkansas State, 3 tackles and a forced fumble against Idaho, a tackle against Stanford, 2 tackles at Arizona State, a tackle and a deflection versus Washington, 2 tackles (0.5 for loss) at Notre Dame and 2 tackles, 5 tackles (1 for a loss) and a deflection against Utah and 2 tackles and a fumble recovery at California.
2014: McQuay started 9 games (all but Stanford, Colorado, Notre Dame) at strong safety as a sophomore in 2014. Overall in 2014 while appearing in all 13 games on defense and special teams, he had 36 tackles (0.5 for a loss), 4 deflections, 2 interceptions, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble.
He had 4 tackles (including 0.5 for a loss) against Fresno State, 2 tackles at Stanford, 1 tackle at Boston College, an endzone interception to go along with his 3 tackles and a deflection against Oregon State, 2 tackles against Arizona State, 3 stops at Arizona, a tackle against Colorado, 4 tackles and a fumble recovery at the USC 1-yard line at Utah, 5 tackles, an interception and a deflection at Washington State, 2 tackles, a deflection and a forced fumble against California, 7 tackles at UCLA and a tackle against Notre Dame. He had a tackle and deflection against Nebraska.
2013: McQuay, who enrolled at USC in the spring of 2013 after graduating a semester early from high school, saw action at strong safety and on special teams as a first-year freshman in 2013. Overall in 2013 while appearing in all 14 games (he even started at Oregon State), he had 19 tackles, 1 interception for 2 yards (2.0 avg), 4 deflections and 1 forced fumble, plus he returned a kickoff for 3 yards (3.0 avg).
He had 1 tackle and a forced fumble against Washington State, a tackle and Notre Dame and 3 tackles, an interception and a deflection while playing often as the nickel back against Utah. He had 6 tackles and 2 deflections while starting at Oregon State, then 5 tackles and a deflection at California. He had 1 tackle and returned a kickoff 3 yards at Colorado, then added a tackle each against UCLA and Fresno State.
HIGH SCHOOL: His 2012 honors included Parade All-American, Prep Star All-American Dream Team, USA Today All-USA second team, Max Preps All-American second team, ESPN 150, Rivals 100, Scout 100, AP All-State 6A and Tampa Tribune All-Hillsborough County first team as a senior safety and wide receiver at Armwood High in Seffner (Fla.). He had 54 tackles, 5 interceptions, 1 forced fumble and 1 blocked field goal on defense in 2012 and 5 receptions for 137 yards (27.4 avg.) with 1 TD on defense. He was among 5 finalists for the 2012-13 Franklin D. Watkins Memorial Award, presented to the nation’s top African-American male high school scholar athlete.
As a 2011 junior, he made USA Today All-USA first team and Max Preps Junior All-American second team while getting 59 tackles, 3 interceptions, 9 deflections, 1 fumble recovery and 1 forced fumble.
As a 2010 sophomore, he made Max Preps Sophomore All-American second team and Tampa Tribune All-Hillsborough County first team while getting 57 tackles, 5 interceptions and 8 deflections.
PERSONAL: He is a music industry major at USC. He has produced his own music tracks. His grandfather, the late Leon McQuay, was a running back at Tampa (1968-70) and then in the CFL (Toronto, Calgary) and NFL (Giants, Patriots, Saints).
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