Fresno State: Enters his fourth season as a starting punter ... although nicknamed "leg" for his booming kicks, his accuracy, hang-time and placements are most important to Fresno State's special teams ... over the last two years, the Dogs have allowed just 67 combined punt return yards, the fewest in the nation. (2005) Punted 35 times for an average of 35.1 ... downed 15 of his attempts inside the 20 ... punted 14 less times than he did his sophomore year, 49 less times than his freshman year ... a key to the Bulldog special teams, allowing just 40 punt return yards all season ... only seven of his 35 punts were returned. (2004) Was the team's punter the entire season ... averaged 36.3 yards on his 49 punts ... an honorable mention All-WAC selection ... thanks to Fresno State's record-setting offensive output in the last four games, he only punted seven times ... only 10 of his 49 punts were returned thanks to his ability to get incredible hang time on his kicks ... helped the Bulldogs finish third in the league in punting ... 13 of his punts were fair caught while 16 were downed inside the 20 ... punted 35 less times than he did his freshman year. (2003) Was the team's punter all year ... punted 84 times for an average of 38.3 ... downed 28 of his attempts inside the 20 ... gets great hang time on many of his kicks ... 18 of his punts resulted in fair-catches ... boomed a 68-yarder in the home opener against Oregon State, just one yard shy of the stadium record. (2002) Redshirted ... honored at the Kiwanis Torch of Excellence dinner.
High School: Played just one year of high school football ... tried out for football at the behest of Canyon High School head coach Harry Welch, who highly recommended him to the Bulldog program ... was a first-team All-Foothill League selection ... was a goalie for the CHS soccer team, where known for his exceptionally powerful leg ... average hang time on punts was 4.5 seconds ... averaged over 40 yards per punt his senior year.
Personal: Born Nov. 3, 1983 ... parents' names are Cindy and John Lingua ... has a brother, Eric, and a sister, Amanda ... last name is pronounced LEEN-gwah ... hobbies include playing the guitar and drums ... lists his favorite athlete as Atlanta Braves left fielder Chipper Jones.
Career Statistics: Year No Yards Avg. Long I20 50+ 2003 84 3,215 38.3 68 28 8 2004 49 1,779 36.3 62 16 5 2005 35 1,230 35.1 56 15 3 Totals 168 6,224 37.0 68 59 16