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Single Season Leaders and Records for Punt Return Yards

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Since 1976

Rank Player Yds Season School
1.Steve Suter* 771 2002 Maryland
2.Wes Welker* 752 2002 Texas Tech
3.Dejuan Groce* 732 2002 Nebraska
4.David Allen 729 1998 Kansas State
5.Santana Moss 655 2000 Miami (FL)
6.Ryne Robinson* 654 2003 Miami (OH)
7.Javier Arenas* 650 2008 Alabama
8.Antonio Perkins* 647 2002 Oklahoma
9.Antonio Perkins* 642 2003 Oklahoma
10.J.T. Thatcher* 634 2000 Oklahoma
11.Steve Breaston* 619 2003 Michigan
12.Demornay Pierson-El 596 2014 Nebraska
13.Terance Richardson 591 1999 Oklahoma State
14.Tinker Keck* 577 1997 Cincinnati
15.Dante Hall 573 1996 Texas A&M
 Glyn Milburn 573 1992 Stanford
17.Shaky Smithson* 572 2010 Utah
18.Dexter Wynn* 567 2002 Colorado State
19.Jeremy Kerley* 563 2009 Texas Christian
20.Tony Logan* 560 2010 Maryland
 Kevin Williams 560 1991 Miami (FL)
 Beno Bryant 560 1990 Washington
23.Bernard Berrian* 556 2001 Fresno State
 James Henry 556 1987 Southern Mississippi
25.Greg Myers 555 1995 Colorado State
26.Nathan Vasher 554 2001 Texas
27.Ryne Robinson* 547 2004 Miami (OH)
28.Cliff Harris* 546 2010 Oregon
29.Derek Abney 544 2002 Kentucky
30.Willie Reid* 541 2005 Florida State
 Dallas Davis 541 1999 Colorado State
32.Johnnie Johnson 538 1977 Texas
33.Brian Bonner* 535 2007 Texas Christian
34.Michael Fletcher* 532 1998 Oregon
35.Chad Owens* 531 2004 Hawaii
36.Cyrus Jones 530 2015 Alabama
37.Bryant Johnson* 528 2002 Penn State
 Thomas Bailey 528 1991 Auburn
39.Joshua Bush 526 2000 Western Michigan
40.Dave McCloughan 524 1990 Colorado
41.Willie Reid* 522 2004 Florida State
 Roman Hollowell 522 2001 Colorado
43.R.W. McQuarters 521 1997 Oklahoma State
44.Kelley Rhino 518 2001 Georgia Tech
45.Ronnie Harris* 517 1992 Oregon
46.Nate Clements* 513 2000 Ohio State
47.Brandon James* 510 2008 Florida
 Ricky Hall* 510 1999 Virginia Tech
 Kelvin Martin 510 1985 Boston College
50.Damien Dorsey* 508 2002 Louisville
51.Tony Smith 507 1990 Southern Mississippi
52.Tim Gilligan* 505 2002 Boise State
53.Deion Sanders 503 1988 Florida State
54.Ryan Switzer* 502 2013 North Carolina
55.Aaron Lockett 501 2000 Kansas State
56.Aaron Ross* 500 2005 Texas
57.Anthony Chambers* 499 2003 Purdue
 Domanick Davis* 499 2002 Louisiana State
59.Ramon Ochoa* 495 2003 Iowa
 Steve Smith 495 1999 Utah
61.Javier Arenas* 493 2009 Alabama
62.Ryan Broyles* 492 2009 Oklahoma
63.Gari Scott* 488 1999 Michigan State
 Corey Sawyer 488 1992 Florida State
65.Deangelo Hall* 487 2003 Virginia Tech
66.Jeff Sydner 483 1990 Hawaii
67.Vaughn Rivers* 479 2007 West Virginia
 Deon Figures 479 1992 Colorado
69.Gerald Hall 478 1978 East Carolina
70.Dan Sheldon 477 2002 Northern Illinois
71.Dwight Pickens* 472 1989 Fresno State
 Vai Sikahema 472 1984 Brigham Young
73.Kyle Wilson* 470 2008 Boise State
 Sammie Stroughter* 470 2006 Oregon State
 Jim Leonhard* 470 2003 Wisconsin
 Damone Williams* 470 1998 Marshall
77.Dejuan Groce 469 2001 Nebraska
 Keenan Howry* 469 2001 Oregon
 Pete Rebstock 469 2000 Colorado State
80.Antonio Freeman 468 1994 Virginia Tech
 Ryan Roskelly 468 1994 Memphis
 Scott Woerner 468 1980 Georgia
83.Cameron Sutton 467 2015 Tennessee
 Cody Cardwell 467 2002 Southern Methodist
 Santana Moss 467 1999 Miami (FL)
86.Bobby Joe Edmonds 466 1985 Arkansas
87.Andrew Mott 465 1985 Southern Mississippi
88.Phillip Buchanon 464 2001 Miami (FL)
 Bruce Branch 464 1999 Penn State
90.Joe Burnett* 463 2005 Central Florida
 Lynaris Elpheage* 463 2002 Tulane
 Quinton Spotwood 463 1997 Syracuse
93.Skyler Green* 462 2003 Louisiana State
 Louis Lipps 462 1983 Southern Mississippi
95.Tim Gilligan* 460 2003 Boise State
96.Quinton Jones* 459 2005 Boise State
97.Damien Gary* 458 2002 Georgia
 Keenan Howry* 458 2002 Oregon
99.Eddie Royal* 455 2007 Virginia Tech
 Desean Jackson* 455 2006 California
 Tripp Welborne* 455 1990 Michigan