Dec. 18, 2013
HOUSTON -Houston senior punter Richie Leone was named an All-American by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) Wednesday. Named to the organization’s second team, Leone is the first Houston player to earn All-America honors from the organization since center Ben Fricke in 1997.
The Roswell, Ga., native is also the first punter in UH history to earn All-America honors.
A Ray Guy Award semifinalist for the third straight year, Leone earned second-team All-America honors by placing 52.4 percent of his punts inside his opponents’ 20-yard line and 22.2 percent inside the 10, both league bests.
Leone finished the regular season with an average of 43.1 yards per punt on 63 punts including 14 over 50 yards and four over 60. Just three of Leone’s 63 punts resulted in a touchback with opponents calling for a fair catch 14 times. With Leone’s leg, the Houston punt team ranks third nationally and leads The American with a net punting average of 41.3 yards per punt.
Just the third four-year starting punter at Houston, Leone ranks second in the program with a career average of 43.0 yards per punt. He has 8,994 career yards on 209 punts and trails just the 43.5 average set by Chase Turner from 2007-09. He owns the UH record for career punts over 50 yards with 52.
Leone also has 238 kickoffs in his career with an average kick of 63.5 yards and 73 resulting in touchbacks.
The punter was also selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Jan. 18 on Tuesday.
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