Athlete Profile


Corner Back | Punt Returner
Houston Texans
Florida International

Position: Cornerback | Punt Returner
Team: Houston Texans
College: Florida International
Hometown: Miami, FL
Birth Date: 9/2/91
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 189 Lbs

4/30/16 - Richard Leonard was signed as a UDFA with the Houston Texans.


Recently, Richard delivered stellar pro day numbers and proved that he should have been invited to the NFL Combine. In the 40 he did a 4.38 which ranks him 5th compared to the players in his position at the Combine; Vertical of 37" has him tied for 8th; L-Cone of 6.95 has him tied for 11th; 18x reps on bench has him tied for 3rd and 60 Yard Shuttle of 11.21 which has him ranked 7th.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS - 53 Games Played (32 starts); 204 tackles (149 solo, 55 assisted); 6.5 TFL for 18 yards, 9 INTS for 276 yards and 2 TD, 28 pass breakups, 37 passes deflected, 3 forced fumbles, 5 fumble recoveries for 115 yards and 1 TD, 37 punt returns for 577 yards and 2 TD, 86 kick returns for 2145 yards and 1 TD, 1 rush for 5 yards

Richard Leonard has had an illustrious career as a shutdown Cornerback and dynamic Punt Returner for Florida International University. Richard has racked up honors in 2015 as he was named 1st Team All-C-USA at Cornerback and Punt Returner, as well as Honorable Mention at Kick Returner. Richard recently played in the NFLPA All-Star Bowl (Jan 18-23, 2016).

Richard exhibits versatility as he excels at both the CB position and in Special Teams as an exhilarating Punt Returner. Richard has intuitive football instincts and a willingness to learn and develop as a player. Richard has always been a team leader while being a quick learner and highly coachable. Richard has the intelligence, work ethic, talent, heart, and determination to succeed as a professional football player, and will reward the team that signs him. Richard is the type of player that would be an asset to your team both on and off the field.

College Career:

2015 - 12 Games Played (12 starts), 62 tackles (42 solo, 20 assisted), 2.5 TFL for 3 yards, 1 INT for 40 yards, 8 pass breakups, 9 passes deflected, 15 punt returns for 160 yards, 29 kick returns for 627 yards. First Team All-Conference USA Honors for cornerback and punt returner, All-Conference USA honorable mention as a kick returner, Preseason C-USA Defensive Player of the Year, Leonard ranks No. 2 all-time in punt returns (37), punt return yardage (577), kick returns (86) and kick return yardage (2,158) for his career, Preseason Jim Thorpe Award Watch List, First-Team Phil Steele All-Conference USA Team, 1 Game Captain

2014 - 12 Games Played (12 starts), 40 tackles (32 solo, 8 assisted), 1 TFL for 1 yard, 5 INTS for 144 yards and 2 TDs, 7 pass breakups, 12 passes deflected, 4 fumble recoveries for 115 yards and 1 TD, 2 forced fumbles, 13 punt returns for 309 yards and 1 TD, 24 kick returns for 616 yards, 1 rush for 5 yards. Named First-Team All-C-USA at cornerback and as a punt returner, Also earned All-C-USA Honorable Mention recognition as a kick returner, Named game captain eight times, Was a two-time C-USA Defensive Player of the Week and a two-time C-USA Special Teams Player of the Week, becoming the first player in C-USA history to accomplish this feat, Recorded a school-record five interceptions (No. 2 in C-USA; No. 18 nationally), led the nation in fumble recoveries (4), set the school record for most punt return yards in a season (309), Broke the FIU single-game punt return record (148 vs. Bethune-Cookman) – also the third-most in C-USA history, A mid-Season All-American (Phil Steele), earned All-C-USA recognition by Phil Steele and was honored by the College Football Performance Awards three times in 2014.

2013 - DNP

2012 - 12 Games Played (6 starts), 55 tackles (39 solo, 16 assisted), 1 TFL for 2 yards, 7 pass breakups, 7 passes deflected, 1 fumble recovery, 6 punt returns for 85 yards and 1 TD, 26 kickoff returns for 758 yards and 1 TD. Named to the Postseason All-Sun Belt Conference Second Team as a return specialist from Phil Steele, twice honored by College Football Performance Awards as a National Returner of the Week, was National Punt Returner of the Week vs. Akron (9/8) and Kick Returner of the Week vs. Florida Atlantic (11/16), named the Sun Belt’s Kick Returner of the Week following the Florida Atlantic game, set a school-record with a 100-yard kick return for touchdown at Florida Atlantic;

2011 - 13 Games Played (2 starts), 47 tackles (36 solo, 11 assisted), 2 TFL for 12 yards, 3 INT for 92 yards, 6 pass break-ups, 9 passes deflected, 1 Forced Fumble, 3 punt returns for 23 yards, 7 kick returns for 144 yards. Finished sixth on the team with 47 tackles, including 36 solo stops...had two tackles for loss for 12 yards, three interceptions for a team-high 92 yards, six pass break-ups and one forced fumble...his three interceptions in 12 games (.25 avg.) was tied for 70th nationally...had six tackles vs. Duke (10/1)...recorded five tackles vs. Florida Atlantic (11/12), as well as returning an interception for 56 yards...had seven tackles on the road at ULM (11/19) along with one interception...recorded a season-high eight tackles (all solo) in the win at Middle Tennessee (11/26)...had a 34-yard interception return vs. Marshall in the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl (12/20)...forced his lone fumble vs. UCF (9/17)...had three punt returns on the season, two vs. UCF (9/17) and one at Arkansas State (10/18)...returned seven kickoffs for 144 yards.

Miami Killian High School

Rated three stars from Rivals…2010 Associated Press Class 6A All-State First Team...2010 Miami Herald Class 6A-4A All-Dade First Team…selected to play in the 2010 USA vs. The World All-Star Game...selected to play in the annual Miami-Dade vs. Broward All-Star Game…received Honorable Mention recognition at the U.S. Army National All-Combine Team in San Antonio...No. 89 on Bill Buchalter’s 2010 Florida Top 100...played for Steve Smith...also competed in basketball.

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