Told ya' so.
The return of Richard Leonard as kick and punt returner gave an immense boost to FIU both in making up for field position created by poor punting and shortening the field for the offense. FIU's only touchdown followed Leonard's 71-yard punt return. Without Leonard's other punt returns, FIU's defensive stands eventually would've meant forcing field goal attempts instead of punts. He kept the field balanced.
For his 202 total return yards -- 54 on one kickoff return, an FIU-record 148 on five punt returns -- Leonard received the Conference USA Special Teams Player of the Week award and honorable mention notice from the College Football Performance Awards as an All-Purpose Performer.