96 - John Leininger
John Leininger
Born: 09/07/1981
Height: 6-3
Weight: 240
Year: Senior
Hometown: Winona Lake, Ind.
High School: Warsaw
Position: Defensive end
Seasons at Butler: 4th season
Team captain...2002: Starting defensive lineman in all 10 games...tied for the team lead in quarterback sacks...third on the squad in tackles for loss...tied for sixth on the team in solo tackles...recorded one forced fumble and one fumble recovery against San Diego...had a season-high six tackles against Morehead State...recorded five tackles against Tiffin, Florida International and Quincy...honorable mention All-PFL performer...2001: Started all 10 games...finished 10th on the team in tackles...tied for the team lead in fumble recoveries...had a season-high seven tackles against St. Francis...2000: Saw action in all 10 games...finished ninth in total tackles...led the Bulldogs in quarterback sacks...tied for fifth on the team in tackles for loss...had a career-high eight tackles against Valparaiso ...notched at least one tackle in each of Butler's 10 contests...Personal: Political science major...born 9/7/81...son of Dan and Cindy Leininger...High School: Two-year starter at Warsaw High School...played offensive line as a junior and defensive end as a senior...earned all-conference, all-area and all-state honors in 1999...received team's Most Improved Player Award...helped Warsaw to a conference title in 1999...High School Coach: Phil Jensen.