Playing without Richard Leonard is something FIU will be forced to get used to this season, whether they like it or not.
The cornerback did not play in the Panthers’ season-opening loss to Maryland due to lingering academic issues. Following practice Tuesday, head coach Ron Turner confirmed that Leonard will also miss the remainder of the 2013 season due to the same issues.
“Leonard will not be eligible all year,” the coach said.
Over the past two seasons, Leonard started eight of the 26 games in which he played. His loss won’t only be felt on the defensive side of the ball as he led the Panthers in both kick return (29.2) and punt return average (14.2).
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