Sophomore Richard Leonard set an FIU record -- and gave FIU the lead for good seconds after FAU took its first lead -- with his 100-yard kickoff return Friday night. He also took his only punt return back 13 yards, a good return that was a step from being great. He aveaged 22.7 yards on his other three kickoff returns.
That was good enough for Leonard to be named the Sun Belt's Special Teams Player of the Week. That's the second consecutive game FIU's had a POW, linebacker Jordan Hunt winning the defensive honor two weeks ago.
Full disclosure: the conference polls media and I voted for Leonard. I also voted for Hunt. I have not, however, voted for every FIU player nominated for a Sun Belt POW award.
Leonard also was named National Kick Returner of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards.