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2016 NFL DRAFT

Richie Leone, P

School: Houston  |  Conference: AAC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Roswell, GA
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 211 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
32157-FA
Player News
05/13/2014 - Baltimore Ravens Sign 17 Undrafted Free Agents: Leone appeared in 51 career games for the Cougars and was a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award - given to the nation's top punter - for three-consecutive seasons (2011-13). He ranked 24th in NCAA punting, booting 73 punts for 3,153 yards (43.2 avg.), while also handling kickoff and placekicking duties as a senior in 2013, earning second-team All-AAC honors. Leone's punting average of 45.5 yards as a junior in 2012 led Conference USA and was seventh-highest in all of Division I, earning him first-team All-Conference accolades. He produced 219 career punts for 9,430 yards (43.1 avg.), including 79 inside the 20-yard line and a long punt of 77 yards. Last name pronounced: lee-OWN-ee. - Baltimore Ravens

12/16/2013 - 2013 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): P Richie Leone, Houston, Sr., 6-3 215, Roswell, Ga./Roswell,...A Ray Guy Award semifinalist for the third straight year, Leone took home second-team 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. - Houston football

11/29/2013 - WEEK 13 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEk: Richie Leone, Sr., P, Houston, Roswell, Ga.,...A semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award, Leone averaged 44.7 yards on 10 punts in Houston's 24-17 loss to Cincinnati. He had three punts of 50 or more yards and saw five downed inside the 20-yard line, including three inside the 10 and two inside the 5. Only one of the 10 punts was returned. Leone ranks fourth in the American Athletic Conference in punting average (43.1 yards). - American Athletic Conference football

09/07/2013 - Houston's Richie Leone booted five field goals and Ryan Jackson's 8-yard, fourth-quarter touchdown spelled the difference in the Cougars' 22-13 victory over Temple in the American Athletic Conference football debut for both teams on Saturday. Houston (2-0 overall, 1-0 AAC) had its troubles in the red zone, going 1-for-8 without scoring a touchdown, but the Cougar defense staved off a Temple (0-2, 0-1) drive when Adrian McDonald intercepted a pass in the closing minutes to preserve the victory.

Temple had its red-zone problems, too. Paul Layton missed a 25-yard field goal attempt wide left in the final minute of the third quarter that could have put Temple ahead 16-15. Houston was called for four personal fouls, with one Cougar ejected. Jackson finished with a game-high 109 yards on 22 carries, and Cougars' true freshman quarterback John O'Korn completed 22 of 31 passes for 228 yards. - AP Sports

09/02/2013 - WEEK 1 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Richie Leone, Sr., P/K, Houston, Roswell, Ga.,...Already considered one of the nation's top punters, Leone added placekicking and kickoff duties in the Cougars' 62-13 win against Southern. He scored 11 points - the first points of his career - by converting field goals of 30 and 38 yards and going 5-for-5 on PATs. Leone also averaged 47.0 yards on four punts, dropping three inside the 20-yard line. - American Athletic Conference football

08/30/2013 - With four-year placekicker Matt Hogan finally gone to graduation, punter Richie Leone looks to get first crack at the vacant position. "It's going to be more fun, I won't have to sit on the sidelines as much," said the 2011 Ray Guy runner-up Leone of his attempt at double duty. "I will be more involved in the game. I am really looking forward to that challenge. I am taking it one day at a time. I have been working on it a lot this summer. I kicked in high school also; which a lot of people forget about." - The Sports Xchange

08/11/2013 - TOP HOUSTON PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 1. P Richie Leone (6-3, 215)...Richie Leone's conference-leading 45.5 yards/punt average in 2012 included 20 punts of 50 or more yards, with four of them sailing over 60 including a season-long of 77 yards -- a performance strong enough to earn him first-team All-Conference USA honors, and put him among the nations top punters. What has gone somewhat overlooked in all of this, is the fact that he also handled kickoff duties, and posted 25 touchbacks on 71 attempts. In short, Leone has an NFL leg, and a decent shot of being selected next May assuming he stays healthy and avoids a sudden drop-off in performance. - Derek Stephens, NFLDraftScout.com

07/17/2013 - 2013 RAY GUY AWARD WATCH LIST: Richie Leone, Houston...The senior, who was a semifinalist for the award in 2011 and 2012, enters the season as the nation's second-best returning punter, after recording an average of 45.5 yards per punt in 2012, behind just the 45.8-yard average of Kyle Christy from Florida. Leone's 2012 average tied a Houston single-season record and led all Conference USA punters en route to garnering First-Team All-Conference USA honors.

The Roswell, Ga., native led the league with 20 punts over 50 yards, including four over 60 yards, and a career-long 77-yard punt against Louisiana Tech. Leone, who also handled kickoff duties for UH with 25 touchbacks on 71 kickoffs, placed 18 of his 60 punts inside the 20-yard line, including nine inside the 10-yard line. Just 21 punts were returned with opponents calling for 24 fair catches and just six punts resulting in touchbacks. - Houston football

 
Player News
05/13/2014 - Baltimore Ravens Sign 17 Undrafted Free Agents: Leone appeared in 51 career games for the Cougars and was a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award - given to the nation's top punter - for three-consecutive seasons (2011-13). He ranked 24th in NCAA punting, booting 73 punts for 3,153 yards (43.2 avg.), while also handling kickoff and placekicking duties as a senior in 2013, earning second-team All-AAC honors. Leone's punting average of 45.5 yards as a junior in 2012 led Conference USA and was seventh-highest in all of Division I, earning him first-team All-Conference accolades. He produced 219 career punts for 9,430 yards (43.1 avg.), including 79 inside the 20-yard line and a long punt of 77 yards. Last name pronounced: lee-OWN-ee. - Baltimore Ravens
 

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