Leonard Hankerson records first two-touchdown game

December 16, 2012

Leonard Hankerson recorded two catches for 56 yards and two touchdowns in the win over the Browns. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)


Last week, wide receiver Leonard Hankerson recorded four catches for 67 yards. His coaches called that his best game of the season, not only because of his catches, but his blocking contributions as well.

This week, Hankerson continued his production, recording two catches for 56 yards and two touchdowns as the Redskins defeated the Browns.

It marked the first multiple-touchdown game of the second-year Miami product’s career. It was also only the second time this season that a Redskins receiver has had multiple touchdowns in the same game. (Santana Moss had two in Week 7.)

“Any touchdown is special. I’m just glad I was able to go out there and help my team come out on top,” said Hankerson, who on the season has 36 catches for 521 yards and three touchdowns (all career highs).

Hankerson’s first touchdown — a 54-yard bomb — put the Redskins on the board following four consecutive three-and-out possessions.

Kirk Cousins faked to Alfred Morris on the stretch play to the left, rolled back to his right and threw downfield to Hankerson, who had gotten behind three defenders and made a juggling catch before he hit the ground. Hankerson bounced back up and trotted into the end zone. Kai Forbath’s successful extra-point attempt tied the game at 7 with 2:26 left in the first.

“It was a little play action, and I was actually the last read on that play,” Hankerson said. “All the safeties came up, and he made a great throw. It was like a distraction drill, because they all jumped up in front of me, and the ball dropped in my hands.”

Hankerson’s second touchdown came in the third quarter, putting Washington up 24-14 and capping a seven-play, 60-yard drive.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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Mike Jones · December 16, 2012