Honors: 2011 – Named to the Sun Belt Conference Writers All-Freshman team.
Career: Ranks 3rd in Quarterback Sacks (16.0) … Ranks 3rd in Quarterback Sack Yardage (98).
2013: Played in all 13 games and had one start … Had 25 tackles on the season, including 7.0 TFLs, and a team-best 5.0 sacks … Also added two hurries, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble … Played 300 total snaps, including a season-high 55 against UNC … Registered five tackles, a TFL and a hurry against WCU … Collected six stops, including a sack and forced fumble at UNC … Added a sack at FAU … Turned in three stops, including a sack and quarterback hurry against ECU … Recovered a fumble in win at UAB … Credited with two sacks in win over Southern Miss.
2012: Played in all 12 games … Finished with 22 tackles, including 4.5 TFLs, a team-high four sacks, and three hurries … Ranked second on the team with eight special teams tackles … Had two or more tackles seven times … Was in on 325 total snaps … Registered two solo stops vs McNeese and FAU with a sack against the Owls … Turned in two sacks in win over Georgia Tech … Had a quarterback hurry against ULM … Collected a career-best five tackles in win at FIU … Had a sack in win over North Texas … Credited with a hurry in win over Troy.
2011: Played in all 12 games … Had 165 total snaps and earned seven winning grades from the coaches … Ended the year with 17 tackles with seven being sacks and eight coming on special teams … Also added five hurries, a forced fumble, and a blocked kick … Led all freshmen nationally with 7.0 sacks and tied for third on the MT single-season list … Registered a sack at Purdue in his first collegiate game … Had four tackles and a sack at Troy … Collected a sack and forced a fumble against WKU … Had two tackles, including a sack and a hurry against FAU … Collected two tackles, including a sack against UL … Also had a sack at Tennessee … Turned in a sack, two hurries, and a blocked punt against ASU … Added two hurries against FIU … Had two stops at North Texas.
2010: Took a redshirt year.
High School: Earned GSWA honorable mention all-state honors as a senior at Hiram High School, along with first team 7-AAAA all-region accolades ... Had two blocked punts, one blocked PAT, one fumble return for a touchdown, and a school record 17 tackles in one game in 2009 ... Garnered the Hiram Hornets' team weightlifting award.
Full Name: Leighton Nichols Gasque ... Parents: Leroy and Toyia Gasque ... Born: 1/17/92 ... Major: Undecided.