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Name: *Leo Chenal 
College: Wisconsin     Number: 5
Height: 6-1   Weight: 261
Position: ILB  Pos2: OLB
Class/Draft Year: Jr/2022

40 Low: 4.56
   40 Time: 4.67
  40 High: 4.78
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 Data Scout Notes: 2021: 01/03/22-Announced Early Entry into 2022 NFL Draft...1stC...2020: HMC

 *Leo Chenal, Wisconsin, Player News

  01/03/22 - ILB *Leo ChenalJr/2022, Wisconsin, 6-1, 261 (DS#2 ILB) + More +

  Wisconsin linebacker Leo Chenal is entering the NFL draft rather than returning to the Badgers next season. Chenal announced his decision Monday on social media. The move comes after Chenal earned second-team honors on the Associated Press All-America team as a junior. "Badger Nation, I can't thank you enough for the support!" Chenal said in his social media post. "I know you'll be behind me on this next journey as well!" Chenal was the leading tackler for a Wisconsin defense that allowed the fewest yards per game of any Football Bowl Subdivision team this season. He had 115 tackles and 18 1/2 tackles to rank first on his team in both categories - despite missing the Badgers' first two games due to COVID-19. Chenal also recorded eight sacks to rank second on the team. Wisconsin (9-4) closed its season Thursday by beating Arizona State 20-13 in the Las Vegas Bowl. - AP College Football

(DS#2 ILB) Jr/2022 ILB *Leo ChenalWisconsin
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  12/17/21 - ILB *Leo ChenalJr/2022, Wisconsin, 6-1, 261 (DS#2 ILB) + More +

  The University of Wisconsin athletic department held a ceremonial groundbreaking on the "CR Future" project at Camp Randall Stadium on Wednesday. There are a lot of voices in the ears of Leo Chenal right now. Same goes the University of Wisconsin linebacker's teammates Keeanu Benton and Faion Hicks. They're a few of the Badgers football players who have a decision in front of them regarding the next steps in their careers. Staying another year at UW or taking a shot at the NFL has weighed on all three players' minds.

UW players are still waiting to hear from the NFL College Advisory Committee regarding their projected draft positions, a big factor in their decisions, but not the only one. "You want as much information as you can to make the most careful decision and most thoughtful decision," Chenal said Tuesday. "I'm not going to really put a (draft-round) number on it or anything like that. It's more than just a number, it's weighing a lot of factors. There's a lot of special stuff going on here, a lot of things we could do next year. It's more than just like potential this or potential that. A lot of it is things you want to accomplish, too." Chenal - a second-team All-American per a number of voting bodies, including the Associated Press - could forgo his senior year and enter the NFL draft, but he is running into a positional debate. There's doubt that Chenal can cover enough space in pass coverage to be an inside linebacker at the pro level. Chenal's downhill, hard-charging playstyle was a better fit in the pros before passing offense evolved to control the game. He led the Badgers and was second in the Big Ten with 106 tackles despite missing the first two games after contracting COVID-19. His seven sacks are a team-high, as are his 17 tackles for loss. He ranks fourth in the league in sacks and second in tackles for loss, but he had the most tackles for loss per game (1.7) in the Big Ten. - Wisconsin State Journal


(DS#2 ILB) Jr/2022 ILB *Leo ChenalWisconsin
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  11/30/21 - ILB *Leo ChenalJr/2022, Wisconsin, 6-1, 261 (DS#2 ILB) + More +

  2021 BIG TEN BUTKUS-FITZGERALD LINEBACKER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Leo Chenal, Wisconsin,...Chenal finished second in the Big Ten in tackles per game (10.6). He was fourth in total tackles (106) despite missing the first two games of the season. The junior led the league in tackles for loss (1.7 per game). Penn State's Arnold Ebiketie was second at 1.5 per game. Chenal also finished fourth in sacks (0.7 per game). Chenal is the third UW player to be named the league's linebacker of the year. Chris Borland won the award in 2013, when he was named the league's defensive player of the year; and Joe Schobert won the award in 2015. - Marshfield News Herald

(DS#2 ILB) Jr/2022 ILB *Leo ChenalWisconsin
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  10/30/21 - ILB *Leo ChenalJr/2022, Wisconsin, 6-1, 261 (DS#2 ILB) + More +

  Graham Mertz scored on two quarterback sneaks and threw a touchdown pass to help Wisconsin trounce No. 9 Iowa 27-7 on Saturday for its fourth consecutive victory. Wisconsin (5-3, 3-2 Big Ten) forced three turnovers, produced six sacks and limited Iowa to 24 yards rushing on 30 carries. The Badgers maintained control of their destiny in the Big Ten West Division race and regained possession of the Heartland Trophy that goes to the winner of this annual matchup. "I thought our defense was tremendous in so many ways," Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst said. Wisconsin 's student section poured onto the field as the Badgers' players brought out the trophy.

Iowa (6-2, 3-2) has been outscored 51-14 in its last two games after being ranked second in the nation just a couple of weeks ago. This was the Hawkeyes' first game since a 24-7 home loss to Purdue on Oct. 16. Iowa's net yardage total didn't get into positive territory for good until midway through the second quarter when the Hawkeyes already trailed 17-0. Iowa didn't pick up a first down until just 1:15 remained in the second quarter. "You see (Jack) Sanborn and (Leo) Chenal," Iowa quarterback Spencer Petras said. "Those guys are probably two of the most physical linebackers in the conference, if not the most. They have a good d-line, too." Wisconsin's Braelon Allen rushed for 104 yards on 20 attempts The 17-year-old freshman has run for over 100 yards in four straight games after totaling just 12 carries in Wisconsin's first four games. - Wisconsin/AP College Football


(DS#2 ILB) Jr/2022 ILB *Leo ChenalWisconsin
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  10/27/21 - ILB *Leo ChenalJr/2022, Wisconsin, 6-1, 261 (DS#2 ILB) + More +

  OCT 25 BIG TEN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Leo Chenal, Wisconsin, LB – Jr. – Grantsburg, Wis. – Grantsburg,...Registered nine tackles and a career-high 3.5 sacks in Wisconsin's 30-13 win at then-No. 25 Purdue. Also set a career high with 5.5 tackles for loss...His 3.5 sacks and 5.5 tackles for loss marked the highest single-game totals by a Big Ten player this season and are tied for the second-most by an FBS player in a game this year...Helped the Badgers defense hold the Boilermakers to -13 yards rushing, which is tied for the second-best performance against the run by a Badgers defense in program history. The only time that the Wisconsin defense has held an opponent to fewer rushing yards was in November 1951 when they held Iowa to -18 rushing yards...Earns the first Defensive Player of the Week honor of his career...Last Wisconsin Defensive Player of the Week: Chris Orr (Sept. 30, 2019). - Big Ten Football

(DS#2 ILB) Jr/2022 ILB *Leo ChenalWisconsin
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  10/25/21 - ILB *Leo ChenalJr/2022, Wisconsin, 6-1, 261 (DS#2 ILB) + More +

  OCT 24 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: LEO CHENAL, WISCONSIN, Junior, Linebacker, Grantsburg, WI/Grantsburg,...Leo Chenal posted nine tackles (8 solo), including 5.5 for losses, and a career-best 3.5 quarterback sacks as Wisconsin defeated 25th-ranked Purdue, 30-13, on the road. Notes: Leo Chenal is the seventh Wisconsin player to earn Walter Camp National Player of Week honors, and the first since former Badger linebacker T.J. Edwards (Nov. 29, 2017). - The Walter Camp Football Foundation

(DS#2 ILB) Jr/2022 ILB *Leo ChenalWisconsin
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  10/17/21 - ILB *Leo ChenalJr/2022, Wisconsin, 6-1, 261 (DS#2 ILB) + More +

  The one big weakness of Wisconsin's otherwise outstanding defense this season has been its inability to force turnovers. But the Badgers finally produced a takeaway at a critical moment Saturday late in the fourth quarter and outlasted a pesky Army team 20-14. Army (4-2) trailed 13-7 and had the ball when Leo Chenal delivered a punishing hit that knocked the ball loose from quarterback Jabari Laws. Wisconsin's Keeanu Benton recovered the fumble at Army's 1-yard line with 2:55 remaining. On the next play, Graham Mertz scored on a quarterback keeper for his second touchdown run of the night. "It was definitely the game-changing moment we needed," Benton said. Wisconsin (3-3) entered the weekend having allowed the second-fewest yards per game of any Football Bowl Subdivision program, but the Badgers were among the nation's worst teams at forcing turnovers. Laws' fumble was just Wisconsin's fourth takeaway of the season. "We always want to be going for that ball," said Chenal, who also had a career-high 17 tackles. "We need to be creating more turnovers than we are right now." Army cut the lead to 20-14 on A.J. Howard's 6-yard touchdown run with 38 seconds left, but Jack Sanborn recovered the ensuing onside kick to seal the victory. - Wisconsin/AP College Football

(DS#2 ILB) Jr/2022 ILB *Leo ChenalWisconsin
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  10/23/20 - ILB *Leo ChenalJr/2022, Wisconsin, 6-1, 261 (DS#2 ILB) + More +

  Looking the part has never been an issue for Leo Chenal. At 6-foot-2, 255 pounds, the sophomore inside linebacker for the University of Wisconsin football team is physically ready to assume a bigger role in the No. 14 Badgers defense. Ask his teammates and coaches, and the physical tools Chenal possesses are quick to come up. This summer while the Badgers were away from campus due to COVID-19, Chenal made waves with videos he posted on social media of him bench pressing. One video showed Chenal, who's set to make his first career start Friday when UW hosts Illinois, benching 225 pounds 40 times, and another showed him completing 18 reps at 315 pounds. For reference, at the 2020 NFL scouting combine, the highest number of bench reps of 225 pounds was 44 by offensive lineman Netane Muti; no linebacker completed more than 30 reps. "That man is crazy," senior safety Eric Burrell said of Chenal. 'He's one of the strongest guys we have on this team. He gives 110 percent every play, every play. You can look at him like, 'Golly, this dude's still going.' He's taking over (Chris Orr's) job, I think he's doing a hell of a job. I'm excited for what he has to bring this year, his first start. I think we're all excited for his opportunity and I think he'll be ready for it." - Wisconsin State Journal

(DS#2 ILB) Jr/2022 ILB *Leo ChenalWisconsin
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