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Career Leaders and Records for Punt Return Yards Per Return

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Since 1976

Rank Player Avg From To Last School
1.Dan Sheldon* 17.91 2001 2004 Northern Illinois
2.Deandrew Rubin 16.39 2000 2002 South Florida
3.David Allen 15.97 1997 2000 Kansas State
4.James McMillion 15.91 1991 1993 Iowa State
5.Andre Davis* 15.85 1998 2001 Virginia Tech
6.Tim Dwight 15.69 1994 1997 Iowa
7.Aaron Lockett 15.65 1998 2001 Kansas State
8.Dejuan Groce* 15.62 1999 2002 Nebraska
9.Santana Moss 15.53 1997 2000 Miami (FL)
10.Antonio Brown* 15.51 2007 2009 Central Michigan
11.Keith Stokes 15.47 1999 2000 East Carolina
12.Willie Reid* 15.41 2002 2005 Florida State
13.Dexter Wynn* 15.22 2000 2003 Colorado State
14.Deangelo Hall* 14.98 2001 2003 Virginia Tech
15.Thomas Flowers* 14.93 2004 2007 Georgia
16.William Likely* 14.39 2013 2015 Maryland
17.Rafael Little* 14.23 2004 2007 Kentucky
18.Kevin Robinson 14.15 2004 2007 Utah State
19.Tramaine Thompson* 14.08 2010 2013 Kansas State
20.Ted Ginn Jr.* 14.06 2004 2006 Ohio State
21.Terry Fair 14.06 1995 1997 Tennessee
22.Javier Arenas* 14.02 2006 2009 Alabama
23.Nathan Vasher* 13.98 2000 2003 Texas
24.Ryne Robinson* 13.86 2003 2006 Miami (OH)
25.Donta Greene* 13.82 1999 2002 Toledo
26.Jeremy Kerley* 13.82 2007 2010 Texas Christian
27.Skyler Green* 13.82 2002 2005 Louisiana State
28.Dennis Northcutt 13.71 1996 1999 Arizona
29.Roscoe Parrish* 13.66 2002 2004 Miami (FL)
30.Deon Murphy 13.65 2007 2008 Kansas State
31.Kevin Faulk 13.64 1995 1998 Louisiana State
32.Joe Burnett* 13.58 2005 2008 Central Florida
33.Craig Thompson 13.56 1990 1993 Eastern Michigan
34.James Henry 13.52 1986 1988 Southern Mississippi
35.Dallas Davis 13.49 1997 2001 Colorado State
36.Jamison Crowder* 13.37 2011 2014 Duke
37.Gabe Lindsay* 13.34 1999 2003 Oklahoma State
38.Kevin Williams 13.32 1990 1992 Miami (FL)
39.Terance Richardson 13.28 1995 1999 Oklahoma State
40.Jamel Riddle 13.25 2000 2002 Syracuse
41.Terry Richardson* 13.21 2003 2006 Arizona State
42.Greg Myers 13.20 1992 1995 Colorado State
43.Leodis McKelvin* 13.13 2004 2007 Troy
44.Peter Warrick 13.01 1995 1999 Florida State
45.Kendrick Mosley 12.97 1999 2003 Western Michigan
46.Dustin Harris* 12.96 2009 2012 Texas A&M
47.Anthony Parker* 12.95 1984 1987 Arizona State
48.Gari Scott* 12.95 1996 1999 Michigan State
49.Brian Bonner* 12.92 2004 2007 Texas Christian
50.Jim Leonhard* 12.83 2002 2004 Wisconsin
51.Kelvin Martin* 12.81 1983 1986 Boston College
52.Antonio Perkins* 12.79 2001 2004 Oklahoma
53.Jalin Marshall* 12.73 2014 2015 Ohio State
54.Larry Taylor* 12.71 2004 2007 Connecticut
55.Jemeel Powell 12.70 1999 2002 California
56.Marquis Maze* 12.70 2008 2011 Alabama
57.Tim Mixon* 12.68 2003 2005 California
58.Marvin Young* 12.67 2001 2004 Southern Mississippi
59.Troy Mason 12.63 1999 2002 Nevada-Las Vegas
60.Eddie Kennison 12.63 1993 1995 Louisiana State
61.O.J. McDuffie 12.61 1988 1992 Penn State
62.Steve Breaston* 12.59 2003 2006 Michigan
63.Kyle Wilson* 12.59 2006 2009 Boise State
64.Tyrone Hughes 12.57 1989 1992 Nebraska
65.Jacquez Green 12.56 1995 1997 Florida
66.Greg Reid* 12.55 2009 2011 Florida State
67.Ray Peterson 12.45 1992 1995 San Diego State
68.Dee Feaster 12.33 1995 1998 Florida State
69.Marcus James 12.26 2000 2003 Missouri
70.Terrell Buckley 12.20 1989 1991 Florida State
71.Chris Potter* 12.19 2009 2012 Boise State
72.Justin Phinisee* 12.18 2002 2005 Oregon
73.Nick Davis* 12.13 1998 2001 Wisconsin
74.Tony Smith 12.12 1989 1991 Southern Mississippi
75.Dante Hall 12.09 1996 1999 Texas A&M
76.Scott Woerner 12.01 1977 1980 Georgia
77.Jayron Hosley* 11.99 2009 2011 Virginia Tech
78.Nate Clements* 11.98 1998 2000 Ohio State
79.Domanick Davis* 11.98 1999 2002 Louisiana State
80.Cory Rodgers* 11.96 2003 2005 Texas Christian
81.Jeff Sydner 11.95 1989 1991 Hawaii
82.Steve Smith 11.94 1999 2000 Utah
83.Corey Sawyer 11.92 1991 1993 Florida State
84.Bosley Allen 11.91 1998 2001 North Carolina
85.Chad Owens* 11.91 2001 2004 Hawaii
86.Derek Abney 11.84 2000 2003 Kentucky
87.Tony Logan* 11.84 2008 2011 Maryland
88.Tinker Keck* 11.82 1997 1999 Cincinnati
89.Glyn Milburn* 11.82 1988 1992 Stanford
90.Irving Fryar 11.80 1980 1983 Nebraska
91.Scott Thomas 11.79 1982 1985 Air Force
92.George Coghill 11.79 1989 1992 Wake Forest
93.Travis Carrie* 11.77 2008 2013 Ohio
94.Ryan Switzer* 11.76 2013 2015 North Carolina
95.Napoleon McCallum 11.75 1981 1985 Navy
96.Aaron Ross* 11.75 2003 2006 Texas
97.Keenan Howry* 11.74 1999 2002 Oregon
98.Brandon James* 11.72 2006 2009 Florida
99.Eddie Royal* 11.68 2004 2007 Virginia Tech
100.Terrance Davis-Bryant* 11.67 1999 2002 Oklahoma State
101.Bernard Berrian* 11.66 1999 2003 Fresno State
102.Larry Hargrove 11.65 1987 1989 Ohio
103.Fulton Walker 11.64 1977 1980 West Virginia
104.Tyrone Thurman 11.63 1985 1988 Texas Tech
105.Nate Perryman 11.60 1993 1996 Georgia Tech
106.Vinny Sutherland* 11.59 1997 2000 Purdue
107.Wes Welker* 11.59 2000 2003 Texas Tech
108.Perrish Cox* 11.57 2006 2009 Oklahoma State
109.Tripp Welborne* 11.54 1987 1990 Michigan
110.Dane Johnson 11.53 1994 1997 Texas Tech
111.Chuck Carswell 11.52 1988 1991 Georgia
112.Vaughn Rivers* 11.52 2004 2007 West Virginia
113.Domenik Hixon* 11.52 2003 2005 Akron
114.Andy Brodell* 11.48 2005 2008 Iowa
115.Bruce Natson* 11.48 2012 2014 Utah State
116.Anthony Carter* 11.48 1979 1982 Michigan
117.Tim Gilligan* 11.48 2000 2003 Boise State
118.Tom Zbikowski* 11.47 2004 2007 Notre Dame
119.Vincent Brownlee 11.43 1990 1991 Mississippi
120.Joshua Bush 11.39 1998 2001 Western Michigan
121.Troy Vincent 11.37 1988 1991 Wisconsin
122.Deion Sanders 11.34 1985 1988 Florida State
123.Keiwan Ratliff* 11.32 2000 2003 Florida
124.Stephen Baker 11.28 1985 1986 Fresno State
125.Drew Terrell* 11.23 2009 2012 Stanford
126.Shawn Summers 11.21 1992 1995 Tennessee
127.Ed Hinkel* 11.21 2002 2005 Iowa
128.Marvin Jackson* 11.21 2001 2003 Arkansas
 Ace Sanders* 11.21 2010 2012 South Carolina
130.Roderick Hood* 11.20 2000 2002 Auburn
131.Brian Musso* 11.19 1994 1997 Northwestern
132.Marshall Roberts 11.19 1989 1992 Rutgers
133.Ricky Nattiel 11.17 1983 1986 Florida
134.Leonard Harris 11.16 1981 1983 Texas Tech
135.Bobby Wade 11.15 1999 2002 Arizona
136.Stafford Owens 11.14 2001 2004 Ohio
137.Leon Washington* 11.14 2002 2005 Florida State
138.Quinton Spotwood 11.13 1996 1999 Syracuse
139.Ta'Boris Fisher 11.09 1993 1996 Mississippi
140.Charles Frederick* 11.08 2001 2004 Washington
141.Bobby Engram 11.07 1991 1995 Penn State
142.Damien Gary* 11.07 1999 2003 Georgia
143.Danny Amendola* 11.06 2004 2007 Texas Tech
144.Ryan Broyles* 11.06 2008 2011 Oklahoma
145.Craig Bragg* 11.05 2001 2004 UCLA
146.Shiloh Keo* 11.04 2006 2010 Idaho
147.Chris Williams 11.02 1977 1980 Louisiana State
148.Tony James 11.01 1989 1992 Mississippi State
149.V'Angelo Bentley* 11.00 2012 2015 Illinois
150.Derrick Williams* 10.97 2005 2008 Penn State
151.Emmett White 10.97 1998 2001 Utah State
152.Andrew Mott 10.94 1983 1986 Southern Mississippi
153.Thomas Woods 10.93 1986 1989 Tennessee
154.Mike Adams 10.93 1992 1996 Texas
155.Christion Jones* 10.89 2011 2014 Alabama
156.Tracy Lampley* 10.86 2009 2012 Southern Mississippi
157.Kevin Baugh 10.82 1980 1983 Penn State
158.Niles Paul* 10.78 2007 2010 Nebraska
159.Jeff Campbell 10.76 1986 1989 Colorado
160.Bruce Branch 10.74 1998 2001 Penn State
161.C.J. Spiller* 10.74 2006 2009 Clemson
162.Jason Armstead* 10.72 2001 2002 Mississippi
163.Scott Schwedes 10.68 1983 1986 Syracuse
164.Asante Samuel 10.68 2000 2002 Central Florida
165.Marcus Murphy* 10.68 2010 2014 Missouri
166.Jared Abbrederis* 10.67 2010 2013 Wisconsin
167.Prentice Rhone 10.67 1992 1993 Wyoming
168.Rashard Smith* 10.67 2009 2013 North Carolina State
169.Jahmal Fenner* 10.66 2001 2004 Texas-El Paso
170.Deltha O'Neal* 10.63 1996 1999 California
171.Chris Gaiters 10.61 1987 1989 Minnesota
172.Lavon Brazill* 10.60 2007 2011 Ohio
173.Louis Lipps 10.60 1980 1983 Southern Mississippi
174.Troy Walters 10.58 1996 1999 Stanford
175.Luke Powell 10.58 2000 2003 Stanford
176.Brandon Tate* 10.57 2005 2008 North Carolina
177.Max Hudspeth 10.54 1974 1978 New Mexico
178.Raynald Ray 10.54 1997 2000 Ohio
179.Chuck Weatherspoon 10.53 1987 1990 Houston
180.Steve Suter* 10.50 2001 2004 Maryland
181.Decori Birmingham* 10.50 2001 2004 Arkansas
182.Blaise Taylor* 10.49 2014 2015 Arkansas State
183.Tracy Saul 10.49 1989 1992 Texas Tech
184.David Palmer 10.43 1991 1993 Alabama
185.Montrell Jones* 10.41 2004 2005 Louisville
 Montrell Jones* 10.41 2001 2005 Louisville
187.Darrell Blackman* 10.41 2004 2007 North Carolina State
188.Charles Gordon* 10.41 2003 2005 Kansas
189.Anthony Chambers* 10.40 2002 2003 Purdue
190.Kyle Williams* 10.38 2006 2009 Arizona State
191.Darnell Clash 10.37 1980 1982 Wyoming
192.Keijuan Douglas 10.37 1996 2000 Eastern Michigan
193.Charles Sharon* 10.34 2002 2005 Bowling Green State
194.Michael Fletcher* 10.32 1996 1999 Oregon
195.Ryan Johnson 10.32 1999 2002 Memphis
196.Ronnie Hamilton 10.31 1998 2001 Duke
197.Bobby Joe Edmonds 10.31 1982 1985 Arkansas
198.Jamal Miles* 10.29 2009 2012 Arizona State
199.Mike Guess* 10.29 1976 1979 Ohio State
200.Ryan Roskelly 10.29 1994 1995 Memphis
201.Darrelle Revis* 10.28 2004 2006 Pittsburgh
 Eddie Tillitz 10.28 2000 2002 Miami (OH)
 J.J. Worton* 10.28 2011 2014 Central Florida
204.Freddie Nixon* 10.27 1976 1979 Oklahoma
205.Brian Fisher 10.27 2001 2003 South Florida
206.John Norman 10.26 1997 2000 Texas Tech
207.Willie Drewery 10.26 1981 1984 West Virginia
208.Delano Green* 10.25 2007 2010 Temple
209.Marty Tadman* 10.24 2004 2007 Boise State
210.Fred Smith 10.24 2003 2007 Tulane
211.Rick Morrison 10.22 1976 1978 Ball State
212.Tiki Barber 10.21 1993 1996 Virginia
213.Antonio Freeman 10.19 1991 1994 Virginia Tech
214.Greg Poole 10.18 1980 1982 North Carolina
215.Derrick Mason* 10.16 1993 1996 Michigan State
216.Thad McFadden* 10.15 1980 1984 Wisconsin
217.Keshawn Martin* 10.14 2008 2011 Michigan State
218.Morgan Scalley* 10.14 2001 2004 Utah
219.Curtis Conway* 10.13 1990 1992 Southern California
220.Rashad Evans* 10.13 2008 2012 Fresno State
221.Ray Small* 10.13 2006 2009 Ohio State
222.Paul Guidry* 10.12 1993 1996 UCLA
223.Will Blackmon* 10.12 2002 2005 Boston College
224.Emmanuel Spann* 10.10 2004 2008 Marshall
225.Rodney Heath 10.10 1993 1996 Minnesota
226.Eric Morris* 10.09 2005 2008 Texas Tech
227.Quan Bray* 10.09 2011 2014 Auburn
228.Mitch Running 10.08 1992 1995 Kansas State
229.Jasper Howard* 10.08 2007 2009 Connecticut
230.Richard Ellender* 10.08 1975 1978 McNeese State
231.Kelley Rhino* 10.07 1999 2002 Georgia Tech
232.Anthony Hickman 10.07 1990 1992 Texas Christian
233.Lance Frazier* 10.06 2000 2003 West Virginia
234.Garcia Lane* 10.06 1981 1983 Ohio State
235.Derek Pegues* 10.03 2005 2008 Mississippi State
236.Charles Gordon* 10.02 1986 1989 Eastern Michigan
237.Michael Bumpus 10.01 2004 2007 Washington State
238.Brent Dennis 10.00 1980 1983 Tulsa
 Lonell Phea 10.00 1978 1981 Houston
240.Eric Metcalf 9.96 1985 1988 Texas
241.Dana Brinson 9.96 1985 1988 Nebraska
242.Mike Kirby 9.95 1980 1983 Air Force
243.Alonzo Hampton 9.95 1988 1989 Pittsburgh
244.Vontez Duff* 9.93 2000 2003 Notre Dame
245.Jarrail Jackson 9.92 1996 1999 Oklahoma
246.Lew Barnes 9.92 1983 1985 Oregon
247.Terrence Austin* 9.92 2006 2009 UCLA
248.Darryl Henley* 9.91 1985 1988 UCLA
249.Alan Grant* 9.89 1986 1989 Stanford
250.David Gilreath* 9.88 2007 2010 Wisconsin