Jan. 8, 2014
HOUSTON – National Football Scouting Inc. announced Wednesday that Houston All-American punter Richie Leone has been invited to the 2014 NFL Combine, held Feb. 22-25 in Indianapolis, Ind. Leone will participate in a variety of workouts in front of the NFL’s 32 teams on Saturday, Feb. 25, when specialists, tight ends and offensive lineman participate in the event inside Lucas Oil Stadium.
The NFL Combine will be Leone’s second postseason event as the Roswell, Ga., native is scheduled to compete in the East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 18 in St. Petersburg, Fla. The game will kick off at 4 p.m. EST and air on the NFL Network.
Just one of three punters in Houston history to start four consecutive seasons, Leone closed out his collegiate career second on the UH career punting charts with an average of 43.1 yards per punt. Leone had 219 punts for 9,430 yards in his four years with 79 punts inside the opponents’ 20-yard line and just 18 touchbacks.
Leone’s high-hanging punts resulted in opponents calling for a fair catch 87 times in four years, and he owns the UH record for career punts over 50 yards with 54.
A Ray Guy Award semifinalist for the third straight year in 2013, Leone took home Second-Team All-America honors by placing 46.6 percent of his punts inside his opponents’ 20-yard line and 22.2 percent inside the 10, both American Athletic Conference bests.
Leone finished the regular season with an average of 43.2 yards per punt on 73 punts, including 16 over 50 yards and four over 60. Just three of Leone’s 73 punts resulted in a touchback with opponents calling for a fair catch 33 times. With Leone’s leg, the Houston punt team finished the year ranked third nationally and led The American with a net punting average of 41.4 yards per punt.
Leone also had 243 kickoffs in his career with an average kick of 63.5 yards and 74 resulting in touchbacks.
2014 SEASON TICKETS
Houston fans can currently place deposits for 2014 season tickets, the first in the new Houston Football Stadium, at UHCougars.com. A $50 deposit will allow fans to participate in the Season Ticket Select-A-Seat process in the spring of 2014. The $50 deposit is not a fee and will go towards the cost of season tickets. 2014 Season tickets in the new stadium begin at just $140.