Monday, November 25, 2013

Houston's Richie Leone honored by The American with 2nd Special Teams Player of the Week honor

By Robert H Kelly
Copyright 2013 TexSport Publications

HOUSTON, TEXAS (Houston, Texas) Houston Cougar senior punter Richie Leone was been named Special Teams Player of the Week by The American Athletic Conference as announced by press release on Monday, November 25, 2013. 

Leone, a senior majoring in organizational leadership and supervision, averaged 44.7 yards per punt on 10 attempts against Cincinnati on Saturday, November 23 at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston.

He had one punt for 64 yards, two of 55 and 50 yards, and four between 40 and 49 yards.

The award was the second of the season for Leone. He was also honored with the award on September 2, as the conference’s first award honoree for 2013.

Leone is also a three-time semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award, which is presented annually by the Augusta Sports Council, to college football’s top punter.

The award is named after Ray Guy, who was a punter for Southern Mississippi and the Oakland Raiders.

For the 2013 season, Leone has punted 59 times for 2,540 yards, averaging 43.1 yards per punt.

He has 13 punts of 50 yards or more and has booted the ball inside the 20-yard line a total of 29 times.

In addition to his punting duties against Cincinnati, Leone kicked off four times, resulting in three touchbacks and a single return of only 13 yards.

Leone was honorable mention All-Conference USA in 2011 and first team All-Conference USA in 2012

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