Leslie Michael Jasper (born October 8, 1986) is an American football coach and former player. He is the head football coach at his alma mater, Bethel University in McKenzie, Tennessee, a position he has held since the 2019 season. Jasper was drafted by the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL) in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He played college football at Bethel as a defensive tackle and offensive guard. Jasper, during his college career, was extremely large even by defensive tackle standards, weighing approximately 450 pounds; he reduced his weight to 375 pounds at the behest of Bills coach Chan Gailey. As of the 2020 NFL Draft, Jasper remains the most recent NFL draft selection from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
Jasper in the 2011 preseason
|Born:||October 8, 1986|
Mount Juliet, Tennessee
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||375 lb (170 kg)|
|High school:||Mount Juliet (TN)|
|NFL Draft:||2011 / Round: 7 / Pick: 245|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career NFL statistics|
Buffalo Bills (2011)Edit
Jasper was released prior to the start of the 2011 season in final cuts and was placed on the practice squad. The Bills activated Jasper on December 27, 2011 when tight end Mike Caussin was placed on the injured reserve list. He was waived again by the Bills on August 13, 2012.
Tennessee Titans (2012)Edit
Jasper was signed by the Tennessee Titans on August 15, 2012 but was waived shortly thereafter.
Omaha Nighthawks (2012)Edit
The Nighthawks signed Jasper in September 2012, where he played both ways as a starter on the offensive line and as a nose tackle in the goal-line package on 3rd and 1 situations.
New York Giants (2013)Edit
The Giants signed Jasper to a future contract for 2013. On August 25, 2013, he was cut by the Giants.
Carolina Panthers (2014)Edit
The Panthers signed Jasper to their practice squad on September 11, 2013 and then signed him as a free agent on January 14, 2014.
Head coaching recordEdit
|Bethel Wildcats (Mid-South Conference) (2019–present)|
- Jasper drafted by the Bills
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-09-21. Retrieved 2011-12-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Eisen, Michael (August 26, 2013). "LB Aaron Curry among players released". Giants.com. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved September 4, 2013.
- "Carolina Panthers: Michael Jasper". Panthers.com. Retrieved May 11, 2014.
- "Bethel hires Mike Jasper as new head football coach". WBBJ TV. January 24, 2019. Retrieved January 25, 2019.