Eric Leander ended his football career at the collegiate level for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville as starting outside linebacker for all 10 games of the 2010 season for the Pioneers. The team ended their season with a 5-5 record overall.


    Eric Leander ended his football career at the collegiate level for the University of Wisconsin-Platteville as starting outside linebacker for all 10 games of the 2010 season for the Pioneers. The team ended their season with a 5-5 record overall.

    Leander also saw extensive play on special teams and was fourth overall on the team in tackles with a total of 50 including 34 solo and 16 assisted.

    He also had five quarterback sacks, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble, six pass deflections and one interception returned for a touchdown.

    He was selected WIAC First Team All Conference Outside Linebacker and was voted 2010 Defensive MVP by his team. He also received UWP National Student-Athlete award for carrying a 4.0 GPA throughout the fall semester.

    On Dec. 18, 2010, he participated in the All-American Bowl in Minneapolis, Minn. The All-American Bowl was moved to the University of Minnesota's Indoor Sports Complex after the collapse of the roof at the Metrodome. The game had a mixture of players from all over the United States coming from Division II, Division III, and Indoor Arena programs.

    Leander will graduate from the UW-Platteville in May, majoring in Agribusiness with an emphasis on Engineering Technology. Upon graduation he will be accepting a full-time position at John Deere World Wide Product Development, located in Silvis, as a product development specialist.