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    Gilles Lezi
    Gilles Lezi

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Laval, Quebec (Canada)

    High School:
    Cegep du Vieux

    Height / Weight:
    6-0 / 245

    Position:
    FB

    Birthdate:
    02/13/1980



    The Scouting Report: Played the Wildcats? second running back position, known in NU vernacular as the ?R? back, or a backup tight end spot ? Viewed by coaching staff as a key role player, especially when NU employed its power packages on offense.

    2003: Backup tight end and fourth-year senior ... Equaled his career receiving total with two catches against Air Force ... Totaled 42 receiving yards against the Falcons, including a key 22-yard catch on a third-and-21 play deep in Air Force territory.

    2002: Played in seven games ... Grabbed one reception for two yards at Navy.

    2001: Appeared in first seven games before missing the remainder of the season with a broken left fibula ... Played H-back and on special teams ... Totaled 12 rushing yards on two carries?both against Duke.

    2000: Played in seven games, starting the first two at fullback ? Made three tackles on special teams.

    High School: Top-rated player by Ron Dias Recruiting (Canada) ? 1998 and 1999 Collegiate 3A MVP ? 1998 Collegiate 3A Rookie of the Year ? First-team all-star at tailback and place-kicker ? Career numbers: 2,200 yards rushing on 240 carries (9.17 ypr), 27 TDs ? High school coach was Marc Santerre.

    Personal: Born Gilles Patrick Lezi on 2/13/80 ? Son of Tondele Mansanga ? Sociology major.

    The Lezi File
    Q: Do you speak any languages other than English fluently?
    A: Yes, I speak Dutch and French. I did not speak a word of English until I was 14 years old. I have had schooling in three different languages. Elementary and first year of high school in Dutch, high school in French, and college in English. I actually learned English watching English television channels.
    Q: For me to improve as a player...
    A: I really need to work hard and never take a day off.
    Q: The best thing about NU is...
    A: The diversity of the people that I have befriended.

    Lezi's Career Statistics Rushing Year GP ATT YDS AVG TD LNG 2000 7 3 13 4.3 0 6 2001 7 2 12 6.0 0 6 2002 7 0 0 0.0 0 -- TOTALS 21 5 25 5.0 0 6

    Receiving Year GP REC YDS AVG TD LNG 2000 7 1 3 3.0 0 3 2001 7 0 0 0.0 0 -- 2002 7 1 2 2.0 0 2 2003 13 2 42 21.0 0 22 TOTALS 34 4 47 11.8 0 22