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Local draft prospect looking to emulate Shane Lechler

Posted Feb 20, 2014

University of Houston punter Richie Leone wants to emulate Texans All-Pro Shane Lechler.

University of Houston punter Richie Leone has looked up to Shane Lechler since he was little. Leone and his father even traveled to Oakland to watch the Texans All-Pro punter.

"I've been to a couple of Texans games this past year," Leone said at the NFL Combine on Thursday. "When he played for the Raiders, my dad got tickets so we could watch Lechler warm up. We got tickets behind the bench. I'd like to emulate him."

The Marietta, Georgia native average 43.1 yards per punt in 219 attempts for the Cougars. Leone kicked his longest punt of 77 yards against Louisiana Tech in 2012.

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