Leone Named The American's Special Teams POW
Nov. 25, 2013
HOUSTON – Houston punter Richie Leone was named The American Athletic Conference’s Special Teams Player of the Week the league announced Monday. The honor was Leone’s second of the season as he received the conference’s initial special teams honor on Sept. 2.
A three-time semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award, Leone averaged 44.7 yards per punt on 10 attempts Saturday while placing five of his 10 punts inside Cincinnati’s 20-yard line with three inside the 10-yard line and two inside the five-yard line without a single touchback on the day.
He had a season-high three punts over 50 yards including one for 64 yards, his fourth punt of at least 60 yards this season. Leone’s high-hanging punts forced Cincinnati returners to call for a fair catch on five occasions and record just two yards return yards on one return.
The senior also had four kickoffs on the day, three of which resulted in a touchback as Cincinnati had just one kickoff return for 13 yards.
Leone and the rest of the Houston team return to action this Friday at 11 a.m. as they host SMU at Reliant Stadium in the Cougars’ regular-season finale.
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