Ralph Leek was an American football player for the Rutgers University Scarlet Knights. In 1980, he was a back-up to starting quarterback Ed McMichael.[1][2] In 1981, as a junior, Leek was a starter.[3] He ran for a one-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter of the first game of the season, as Rutgers defeated Syracuse 29-27.[4] The following week, he threw one touchdown pass in a 13-5 victory over Colgate.[5] Leek completed 72% of his pass attempts in those two games.[6] In the third game, against Virginia, he was intercepted three times in the first half, but Rutgers won, 3-0.[7] The Scarlet Knights started the season 5-1 but lost their last five games to finish at 5-6. Overall, Leek completed 80 of 167 passes for 926 yards in 1981; he also had five touchdown passes and 16 interceptions.[2][8] Leek led Rutgers in passing yards and total offense yards (971), but his 16 interceptions set a single-season team record which was broken by Jacque LaPrarie in 1982.[8][9]


  1. "Falcinelli Kicks Rutgers to Win". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. November 2, 1980.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Boyles, Bob and Guido, Paul (2009). USA Today College Football Encyclopedia 2009-2010. Skyhorse Publishing Inc. p. 1230.
  3. "Bryant Doesn't Want Surprises". Times Daily. October 24, 1981.
  4. "Rutgers Triumphs". The Press-Courier. September 6, 1981.
  5. "Rutgers Clips Colgate". The News and Courier. September 13, 1981.
  6. "CLYDE Tabs Rutgers to Topple Cavaliers". The Cavalier Daily. September 18, 1981.
  7. "Cavaliers Fall, 3-0, to Rutgers". The Free Lance-Star. September 19, 1981.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Rutgers Football Year-by-Year Leaders" Script error. Retrieved November 22, 2011.
  9. "Rutgers Football Passing Leaders" Script error. Retrieved November 22, 2011.
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