Defensive lineman Jacob LeBlanc of the Mount Allison Mounties is the 2011 Atlantic University Sport football rookie of the year.
Atlantic University Sport (AUS) announced its football major award winners Thursday, as selected by the conference's four head coaches following regular season play.
A first-year arts student from Halifax, N.S., Jacob has had an immediate impact with the Mounties' defence, picking up 30.5 tackles, 9.0 of which were for a loss and finishing fourth in the league with 5.0 sacks.
Named a 2011 AUS all-star at defensive tackle earlier this week, LeBlanc also recovered two fumbles and was credited with a pass break-up.
Prior to joining the Mounties, LeBlanc was selected as an all-star at the 2010 Canada Cup and is a product of J.L. Ilsley High School in Halifax, where he was named the athlete of the year in his senior year.
Mounties' head coach Kelly Jeffrey was happy with his performance in 2011.
"Jacob has improved every single week in our program," says Jeffrey.