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Single Season Leaders and Records for Punt Return Yards Per Return

  • Minimum 1 punt return per school game.
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Since 1976

Rank Player Avg Season School
1.Maurice Drew* 28.47 2005 UCLA
2.Ted Ginn Jr.* 25.60 2004 Ohio State
3.Robert Woods* 25.36 1977 Grambling State
4.Christian Kirk 24.36 2015 Texas A&M
5.Erroll Tucker 24.31 1985 Utah
6.Richard Leonard 23.77 2014 Florida International
7.Johnnie Lee Higgins Jr. 23.42 2006 Texas-El Paso
8.Allen Rossum 22.93 1996 Notre Dame
9.Aaron Lockett 22.77 2000 Kansas State
10.Dan Sheldon 22.71 2002 Northern Illinois
11.Rafael Little* 22.64 2006 Kentucky
12.Kevin Robinson 22.47 2004 Utah State
13.David Allen 22.09 1998 Kansas State
14.Andre Davis 22.00 2000 Virginia Tech
15.James Dye 21.90 1995 Brigham Young
16.Lee Gissendaner 21.80 1992 Northwestern
17.Ryan Switzer* 20.92 2013 North Carolina
18.Quinton Jones* 20.86 2005 Boise State
19.Lance Frazier* 20.79 2003 West Virginia
20.Antonio Brown* 20.50 2008 Central Michigan
21.Aaron Glenn 19.94 1993 Texas A&M
22.Steve Clay 19.86 1994 Eastern Michigan
23.Tramaine Thompson* 19.75 2012 Kansas State
 Anthony Parker* 19.75 1986 Arizona State
25.Ian Clark 19.67 2008 New Mexico
26.Chris Carr* 19.64 2004 Boise State
27.Isaac Byrd 19.45 1996 Kansas
28.Aris Comeaux 19.42 2002 Army
29.Tim Dwight 19.32 1997 Iowa
30.Tyler Lockett* 19.14 2014 Kansas State
31.Shaky Smithson* 19.07 2010 Utah
32.Nelson Agholor* 19.06 2013 Southern California
33.Justin McCareins 19.05 2000 Northern Illinois
34.Jim Sandusky 19.05 1983 San Diego State
35.Dennis Northcutt 18.96 1999 Arizona
36.Tim Dwight 18.95 1996 Iowa
37.Rod Smith 18.92 1986 Nebraska
38.James McMillion 18.91 1992 Iowa State
39.Kevin Robinson 18.90 2007 Utah State
40.Cliff Harris* 18.83 2010 Oregon
41.Chris Davis* 18.71 2013 Auburn
42.Cameron Sutton 18.68 2015 Tennessee
43.Venric Mark* 18.67 2012 Northwestern
44.Dustin Harris* 18.61 2011 Texas A&M
45.Tracy Porter 18.58 2006 Indiana
46.Glyn Milburn 18.48 1992 Stanford
47.Skyler Green* 18.48 2003 Louisiana State
48.Greg Reid* 18.43 2009 Florida State
49.Bobby Newcombe 18.38 1999 Nebraska
 Damon Gourdine 18.38 1998 San Diego State
51.Larry Hargrove 18.35 1989 Ohio
52.Terrence Nunn 18.31 2005 Nebraska
53.William Likely 18.22 2015 Maryland
54.Brian Roberson 18.21 1995 Fresno State
55.Desean Jackson* 18.20 2006 California
 Bo Campbell 18.20 1991 Virginia Tech
57.Santana Moss 18.19 2000 Miami (FL)
58.Jemeel Powell 18.17 2000 California
59.Tony Collins 18.15 1997 Iowa
60.Brandon James* 18.14 2007 Florida
61.Brisly Estime 18.13 2015 Syracuse
 Quan Bray* 18.13 2014 Auburn
 Nilo Silvan 18.13 1994 Tennessee
64.Trindon Holliday* 18.10 2009 Louisiana State
65.Troy Edwards 18.08 1998 Louisiana Tech
66.Tony Logan* 18.06 2010 Maryland
67.Jeremy Trimble 18.06 2006 Army
68.Roman Hollowell 18.00 2001 Colorado
69.Dez Bryant* 17.94 2008 Oklahoma State
70.Darrent Williams* 17.92 2003 Oklahoma State
71.Darrell Blackman 17.83 2004 North Carolina State
72.Travis Williams 17.70 2004 East Carolina
73.James Dye 17.60 1996 Brigham Young
74.Omari Thompson 17.58 2000 Army
75.Larry Pruitt 17.55 1981 Army
76.Demornay Pierson-El 17.53 2014 Nebraska
77.Rodregis Brooks 17.50 1999 Alabama-Birmingham
78.Deon Murphy 17.46 2007 Kansas State
79.Willie Reid* 17.45 2005 Florida State
80.Leodis McKelvin 17.44 2007 Troy
81.Dave Duerson 17.42 1979 Notre Dame
82.Philip Beck 17.39 2007 Louisiana Tech
83.Jovon Johnson* 17.38 2005 Iowa
84.Kenny Harrison 17.33 2012 Texas-San Antonio
85.Cody Cardwell 17.30 2002 Southern Methodist
86.Ryne Robinson* 17.21 2003 Miami (OH)
87.Domenik Hixon 17.19 2004 Akron
88.Devin Hester* 17.16 2004 Miami (FL)
89.De'Anthony Thomas* 17.08 2012 Oregon
90.Steve Smith 17.07 1999 Utah
91.Dejuan Groce* 17.02 2002 Nebraska
92.Kyle Williams 17.00 2008 Arizona State
 Walner Belleus* 17.00 2004 Iowa
 Kelvin Martin 17.00 1985 Boston College
95.Dante Pettis 16.94 2015 Washington
96.Dallas Davis 16.91 1999 Colorado State
97.Rafael Little 16.90 2005 Kentucky
98.Joe Adams* 16.89 2011 Arkansas
99.Ira Matthews 16.88 1978 Wisconsin
100.Shiloh Keo 16.79 2007 Idaho