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Career Leaders and Records for Punt Return Yards

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Since 1976

Rank Player Yds From To Last School
1.Wes Welker* 1761 2000 2003 Texas Tech
2.Javier Arenas* 1752 2006 2009 Alabama
3.Ryne Robinson* 1677 2003 2006 Miami (OH)
4.David Allen 1645 1997 2000 Kansas State
5.Steve Breaston* 1599 2003 2006 Michigan
6.Leodis McKelvin* 1471 2004 2007 Troy
7.Tyrone Thurman 1466 1985 1988 Texas Tech
8.Antonio Perkins* 1445 2001 2004 Oklahoma
9.Deion Sanders 1429 1985 1988 Florida State
10.Dexter Wynn* 1385 2000 2003 Colorado State
11.Brandon James* 1371 2006 2009 Florida
12.Jim Leonhard* 1347 2002 2004 Wisconsin
13.Tim Gilligan* 1343 2000 2003 Boise State
14.Greg Myers 1333 1992 1995 Colorado State
15.Tony James 1332 1989 1992 Mississippi State
16.Nathan Vasher* 1314 2000 2003 Texas
17.Vai Sikahema 1312 1980 1985 Brigham Young
18.Joe Burnett* 1304 2005 2008 Central Florida
19.Jeremy Kerley* 1299 2007 2010 Texas Christian
20.Eddie Royal* 1296 2004 2007 Virginia Tech
21.Danny Amendola* 1283 2004 2007 Texas Tech
22.Andrew Mott 1280 1983 1986 Southern Mississippi
23.Damien Gary* 1273 1999 2003 Georgia
24.Steve Suter* 1271 2001 2004 Maryland
25.Larry Taylor* 1246 2004 2007 Connecticut
26.Sammie Stroughter* 1235 2004 2008 Oregon State
27.Jarrail Jackson 1230 1996 1999 Oklahoma
28.Keenan Howry* 1221 1999 2002 Oregon
29.Dejuan Groce* 1218 1999 2002 Nebraska
30.Santana Moss 1196 1997 2000 Miami (FL)
31.Ray Peterson 1195 1992 1995 San Diego State
32.Ryan Broyles* 1194 2008 2011 Oklahoma
33.Ledel George 1191 1990 1993 North Carolina State
34.Glyn Milburn* 1182 1988 1992 Stanford
 Terry Obee* 1182 1986 1989 Oregon
36.Bruce Branch 1171 1998 2001 Penn State
37.Thomas Bailey 1170 1991 1994 Auburn
38.Deltha O'Neal* 1169 1996 1999 California
39.Bernard Berrian* 1143 1999 2003 Fresno State
40.Kelley Rhino* 1138 1999 2002 Georgia Tech
41.Domanick Davis* 1126 1999 2002 Louisiana State
42.Greg Reid* 1117 2009 2011 Florida State
43.Kevin Robinson 1104 2004 2007 Utah State
44.Gari Scott* 1088 1996 1999 Michigan State
45.Michael Fletcher* 1084 1996 1999 Oregon
46.Eric Metcalf 1076 1985 1988 Texas
47.Brian Musso* 1074 1994 1997 Northwestern
48.Willie Drewery 1067 1981 1984 West Virginia
49.Ta'Boris Fisher 1065 1993 1996 Mississippi
50.Skyler Green* 1064 2002 2005 Louisiana State
51.Willie Reid* 1063 2002 2005 Florida State
52.O.J. McDuffie 1059 1988 1992 Penn State
53.Scott Woerner 1057 1977 1980 Georgia
54.Tim Dwight 1051 1994 1997 Iowa
55.Deandrew Rubin 1049 2000 2002 South Florida
56.Derek Abney 1042 2000 2003 Kentucky
57.Kevin Williams 1039 1990 1992 Miami (FL)
58.Mike Adams 1038 1992 1996 Texas
59.Dan Sheldon* 1021 2001 2004 Northern Illinois
60.Beno Bryant 1019 1989 1993 Washington
61.Marshall Roberts 1018 1989 1992 Rutgers
62.Chuck Carswell 1014 1988 1991 Georgia
63.Kelvin Martin* 1012 1983 1986 Boston College
64.Nick Davis* 1007 1998 2001 Wisconsin
65.Gary Anderson 1004 1979 1982 Arkansas
 Johnnie Johnson 1004 1976 1979 Texas
67.George Coghill 1002 1989 1992 Wake Forest
68.Ted Hollern 1001 1981 1984 Central Michigan
69.Terrell Buckley 1000 1989 1991 Florida State
70.Charles Gordon* 999 2003 2005 Kansas
71.Greg Richardson 997 1983 1986 Alabama
72.Darnell Clash 985 1980 1982 Wyoming
 Dustin Harris* 985 2009 2012 Texas A&M
74.Tom Flynn* 983 1980 1983 Pittsburgh
75.Ryan Switzer* 976 2013 2015 North Carolina
76.Arnold Jackson 972 1997 2000 Louisville
77.Rod Harris 971 1985 1988 Texas A&M
78.Craig Bragg* 961 2001 2004 UCLA
79.David Boston* 959 1996 1998 Ohio State
 Bobby Joe Edmonds 959 1982 1985 Arkansas
81.Roscoe Parrish* 956 2002 2004 Miami (FL)
82.Trey Gainous 951 1983 1986 Auburn
83.Willie Andrews 949 2002 2005 Baylor
84.Eddie Kennison 947 1993 1995 Louisiana State
 Hoost Marsh* 947 2004 2007 Wyoming
86.Marcus James 944 2000 2003 Missouri
87.Dante Hall 943 1996 1999 Texas A&M
88.Terrence Austin* 942 2006 2009 UCLA
 Shawn Summers 942 1992 1995 Tennessee
90.Alan Grant* 940 1986 1989 Stanford
91.Dee Feaster 937 1995 1998 Florida State
 J.R. Redmond* 937 1996 1999 Arizona State
 Peter Warrick 937 1995 1999 Florida State
94.Eric Parker 930 1998 2015 Houston
95.Eddie Tillitz 925 2000 2002 Miami (OH)
96.Jeff Sydner 920 1989 1991 Hawaii
97.Jahmal Fenner* 917 2001 2004 Texas-El Paso
 Marshay Green* 917 2006 2009 Mississippi
99.Greg Poole 916 1980 1982 North Carolina
100.Paul Guidry* 911 1993 1996 UCLA
101.Troy Walters 910 1996 1999 Stanford
102.Ricky Floyd 908 1978 1981 Southern Mississippi
103.Anthony Carter* 907 1979 1982 Michigan
104.Dennis Northcutt 905 1996 1999 Arizona
105.Jeff Campbell 904 1986 1989 Colorado
106.Terance Richardson 903 1995 1999 Oklahoma State
107.Tracy Saul 902 1989 1992 Texas Tech
108.Ted Ginn Jr.* 900 2004 2006 Ohio State
109.Tony Smith 897 1989 1991 Southern Mississippi
110.Garcia Lane* 895 1981 1983 Ohio State
111.Aaron Ross* 893 2003 2006 Texas
112.LaVon Edwards 892 1988 1991 Utah
113.Eugene Wilson* 887 1999 2002 Illinois
114.Gerald McNeil* 886 1980 1983 Baylor
115.Luke Powell 878 2000 2003 Stanford
116.Dane Johnson 876 1994 1997 Texas Tech
 Scott Schwedes 876 1983 1986 Syracuse
118.Marvin Young* 874 2001 2004 Southern Mississippi
119.Andre Davis* 872 1998 2001 Virginia Tech
120.Jamison Crowder* 869 2011 2014 Duke
 Dave Duerson 869 1979 1982 Notre Dame
 Kendrick Mosley 869 1999 2003 Western Michigan
123.David Palmer 866 1991 1993 Alabama
124.James Henry 865 1986 1988 Southern Mississippi
125.Darrell Blackman* 864 2004 2007 North Carolina State
126.Keiwan Ratliff* 860 2000 2003 Florida
 Steve Smith 860 1999 2000 Utah
128.Napoleon McCallum 858 1981 1985 Navy
129.J.D. Falslev* 856 2010 2013 Brigham Young
130.Gabe Lindsay* 854 1999 2003 Oklahoma State
 Rafael Little* 854 2004 2007 Kentucky
132.Chris Potter* 853 2009 2012 Boise State
133.William Likely* 849 2013 2015 Maryland
134.Charles Sharon* 848 2002 2005 Bowling Green State
135.Tracy Lampley* 847 2009 2012 Southern Mississippi
 Dana McLemore 847 1978 1981 Hawaii
137.Aaron Lockett 845 1998 2001 Kansas State
138.James McMillion 843 1991 1993 Iowa State
139.Brian Bonner* 840 2004 2007 Texas Christian
140.Deangelo Hall* 839 2001 2003 Virginia Tech
141.John Ludlow 837 1979 1982 Virginia Tech
142.Brandon Tate* 835 2005 2008 North Carolina
143.Kevin Faulk 832 1995 1998 Louisiana State
144.Scott Harding 831 2011 2014 Hawaii
145.Bobby Newcombe 829 1997 2000 Nebraska
 Anthony Parker* 829 1984 1987 Arizona State
147.Joe Jarzynka 827 1996 1999 Washington
 Louis Lipps 827 1980 1983 Southern Mississippi
149.Cory Rodgers* 825 2003 2005 Texas Christian
150.Robert Redd 823 1998 2002 Bowling Green State
151.Antonio Brown* 822 2007 2009 Central Michigan
152.Thomas Flowers* 821 2004 2007 Georgia
153.Frank Cassano 820 1987 1990 Tulsa
 Keith Stokes 820 1999 2000 East Carolina
155.Fred Fernandes 818 1979 1983 Utah State
156.Tyrone Hughes 817 1989 1992 Nebraska
157.Kenyatta Watson 816 1993 1996 Boston College
158.Jayron Hosley* 815 2009 2011 Virginia Tech
159.Calvin Lowry* 812 2002 2005 Penn State
160.Bosley Allen 810 1998 2001 North Carolina
161.Pat Chester 808 1978 1982 Virginia
162.Tony Logan* 805 2008 2011 Maryland
163.Tinker Keck* 804 1997 1999 Cincinnati
164.Eugene Young 802 1980 1982 Oregon
165.Michael Bumpus 801 2004 2007 Washington State
 Marcus Murphy* 801 2010 2014 Missouri
167.Pat Johnson* 798 1994 1997 Oregon
 Chad Owens* 798 2001 2004 Hawaii
169.Drew Terrell* 797 2009 2012 Stanford
170.Dallas Davis 796 1997 2001 Colorado State
171.Monty Gilbreath 795 1986 1989 San Diego State
172.Howard Fields 794 1977 1979 Baylor
173.Kyle Wilson* 793 2006 2009 Boise State
174.Derek Pegues* 792 2005 2008 Mississippi State
175.James Dye 790 1995 1996 Brigham Young
 Ray Small* 790 2006 2009 Ohio State
177.Randall Felton 789 1989 1993 North Carolina
178.Adam Jennings* 788 2002 2005 Fresno State
179.Joshua Bush 786 1998 2001 Western Michigan
 Bobby Engram 786 1991 1995 Penn State
 B.J. Hill* 786 2005 2008 Ball State
182.Ryan Johnson 784 1999 2002 Memphis
183.Troy Mason 783 1999 2002 Nevada-Las Vegas
 Mark Slawson 783 1977 1980 Citadel
185.Clifton Smith* 782 2004 2007 Fresno State
186.Kitrick Taylor 781 1982 1986 Washington State
187.Anthony Chambers* 780 2002 2003 Purdue
 J.T. Thatcher* 780 1997 2000 Oklahoma
189.Troy Vincent 773 1988 1991 Wisconsin
 Tripp Welborne* 773 1987 1990 Michigan
191.Vaughn Rivers* 772 2004 2007 West Virginia
192.Don Morgan 771 1995 1998 Nevada
193.Kyle Williams* 768 2006 2009 Arizona State
194.Dana Brinson 767 1985 1988 Nebraska
195.Thomas Everett 766 1983 1986 Baylor
 Jacquez Green 766 1995 1997 Florida
197.Darryl Usher 762 1983 1987 Illinois
198.Leonard Harris 759 1981 1983 Texas Tech
199.Quinton Spotwood 757 1996 1999 Syracuse
 Tom Zbikowski* 757 2004 2007 Notre Dame
201.Donnell Woolford* 754 1985 1988 Clemson
202.Terry Richardson* 753 2003 2006 Arizona State
203.Jo Jo Collins 752 1984 1988 Colorado
 Willie Gittens* 752 1978 1982 Arizona State
 Roman Hollowell 752 1998 2001 Colorado
206.Mike Guess* 751 1976 1979 Ohio State
207.Brent Dennis 750 1980 1983 Tulsa
 Jimmie Hawkins 750 1982 1985 Texas A&M
 Billy Myers 750 1984 1987 Virginia Tech
210.Peter Marciano* 746 1986 1989 Iowa
211.Terry Fair 745 1995 1997 Tennessee
212.J.J. Worton* 740 2011 2014 Central Florida
213.Corey Brazil 739 2001 2004 Louisiana Tech
 Blake Warren 739 2003 2006 Southern Methodist
215.Deon Murphy 737 2007 2008 Kansas State
216.Andy Brodell* 735 2005 2008 Iowa
217.Willie Clay 732 1988 1991 Georgia Tech
218.Thad McFadden* 731 1980 1984 Wisconsin
219.Montrell Jones* 729 2004 2005 Louisville
 Montrell Jones* 729 2001 2005 Louisville
 Todd Miller* 729 2002 2004 Iowa State
222.Hodges Mitchell* 727 1997 2000 Texas
223.Alvin Duke 726 1996 1998 Vanderbilt
224.Vontez Duff* 725 2000 2003 Notre Dame
 Bobby Wade 725 1999 2002 Arizona
226.Jemeel Powell 724 1999 2002 California
 Derrick Williams* 724 2005 2008 Penn State
228.Fabian Davis* 722 1999 2002 Wake Forest
229.David Gilreath* 721 2007 2010 Wisconsin
 Tim Wilbur* 721 1978 1982 Indiana
231.Eric Blount 720 1988 1991 North Carolina
 Ryan Roskelly 720 1994 1995 Memphis
233.Christion Jones* 719 2011 2014 Alabama
234.Chris McCranie 718 1993 1996 Georgia
 Tramaine Thompson* 718 2010 2013 Kansas State
236.Shayne Wasden* 717 1988 1990 Auburn
237.Mike Espy* 716 2002 2005 Mississippi
 P.J. Fleck 716 1999 2003 Northern Illinois
 Keiwone Malone* 716 2011 2014 Memphis
 Kendal Smith 716 1985 1988 Utah State
241.Anthony Young 715 1981 1984 Temple
242.Stafford Owens 713 2001 2004 Ohio
243.Angelo Harrison 712 1995 1998 Virginia Tech
 John Wilson* 712 1997 2000 Tulane
245.Marquis Maze* 711 2008 2011 Alabama
246.Jamal Miles* 710 2009 2012 Arizona State
 Tim Mixon* 710 2003 2005 California
248.Irving Fryar 708 1980 1983 Nebraska
249.Jay Dumas* 706 1993 1995 Washington State
250.Craig Thompson 705 1990 1993 Eastern Michigan