For the second time in his past three games, FIU redshirt junior cornerback Richard Leonard won a conference Special Teams Player of the Week award for his long-distance returns.
Leonard’s FIU-record 148 yards on just five punt returns returns and 54 yards on his lone kickoff return earned him Conference USA’s Special Teams Player of the Week award. Leonard set up FIU’s only touchdown of the game with a 71-yard punt return. The College Football Performance Awards noticed Leonard as an honorable mention All-Purpose Player.
Before missing 2013 as an academically ineligible player, Leonard got the Sun Belt Special Teams Player of the Week award for a 100-yard kickoff return against FAU in FIU’s next-to-last game before leaving the Sun Belt.