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Single Season Leaders and Records for Punt Return Yards

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Since 2000

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.Santana Moss 655 2000 Miami (FL)
5.Ryne Robinson* 654 2003 Miami (OH)
6.Javier Arenas* 650 2008 Alabama
7.Antonio Perkins* 647 2002 Oklahoma
8.Antonio Perkins* 642 2003 Oklahoma
9.J.T. Thatcher* 634 2000 Oklahoma
10.Steve Breaston* 619 2003 Michigan
11.Demornay Pierson-El 596 2014 Nebraska
12.Shaky Smithson* 572 2010 Utah
13.Dexter Wynn* 567 2002 Colorado State
14.Jeremy Kerley* 563 2009 Texas Christian
15.Tony Logan* 560 2010 Maryland
16.Bernard Berrian* 556 2001 Fresno State
17.Nathan Vasher 554 2001 Texas
18.Ryne Robinson* 547 2004 Miami (OH)
19.Cliff Harris* 546 2010 Oregon
20.Derek Abney 544 2002 Kentucky
21.Willie Reid* 541 2005 Florida State
22.Brian Bonner* 535 2007 Texas Christian
23.Chad Owens* 531 2004 Hawaii
24.Bryant Johnson* 528 2002 Penn State
25.Joshua Bush 526 2000 Western Michigan
26.Willie Reid* 522 2004 Florida State
 Roman Hollowell 522 2001 Colorado
28.Kelley Rhino 518 2001 Georgia Tech
29.Nate Clements* 513 2000 Ohio State
30.Brandon James* 510 2008 Florida
31.Damien Dorsey* 508 2002 Louisville
32.Tim Gilligan* 505 2002 Boise State
33.Ryan Switzer 502 2013 North Carolina
34.Aaron Lockett 501 2000 Kansas State
35.Aaron Ross* 500 2005 Texas
36.Anthony Chambers* 499 2003 Purdue
 Domanick Davis* 499 2002 Louisiana State
38.Ramon Ochoa* 495 2003 Iowa
39.Javier Arenas* 493 2009 Alabama
40.Ryan Broyles* 492 2009 Oklahoma
41.Deangelo Hall* 487 2003 Virginia Tech
42.Vaughn Rivers* 479 2007 West Virginia
43.Dan Sheldon 477 2002 Northern Illinois
44.Kyle Wilson* 470 2008 Boise State
 Sammie Stroughter* 470 2006 Oregon State
 Jim Leonhard* 470 2003 Wisconsin
47.Dejuan Groce 469 2001 Nebraska
 Keenan Howry* 469 2001 Oregon
 Pete Rebstock 469 2000 Colorado State
50.Cody Cardwell 467 2002 Southern Methodist
51.Phillip Buchanon 464 2001 Miami (FL)
52.Joe Burnett* 463 2005 Central Florida
 Lynaris Elpheage* 463 2002 Tulane
54.Skyler Green* 462 2003 Louisiana State
55.Tim Gilligan* 460 2003 Boise State
56.Quinton Jones* 459 2005 Boise State
57.Damien Gary* 458 2002 Georgia
 Keenan Howry* 458 2002 Oregon
59.Eddie Royal* 455 2007 Virginia Tech
 Desean Jackson* 455 2006 California
61.Deon Murphy 454 2007 Kansas State
62.Marvin Young* 450 2003 Southern Mississippi
 Eddie Tillitz 450 2000 Miami (OH)
64.Kelley Rhino* 447 2002 Georgia Tech
65.Devon Wylie 446 2011 Fresno State
66.Dexter Wynn* 445 2003 Colorado State
67.Willie Andrews 443 2004 Baylor
 Jim Leonhard* 443 2004 Wisconsin
 Donta Greene* 443 2002 Toledo
70.Kendrick Mosley 440 2002 Western Michigan
71.Thomas Flowers* 438 2005 Georgia
72.Andre Davis 437 2001 Virginia Tech
73.Marquis Maze* 436 2011 Alabama
 Leodis McKelvin 436 2007 Troy
75.Jim Leonhard* 434 2002 Wisconsin
76.Dustin Harris* 432 2012 Texas A&M
 Chris Carr* 432 2004 Boise State
 Deandrew Rubin 432 2002 South Florida
79.Ace Sanders* 429 2012 South Carolina
 Bernard Berrian* 429 2003 Fresno State
 Kendrick Mosley 429 2003 Western Michigan
82.Maurice Drew* 427 2005 UCLA
 Hodges Mitchell 427 2000 Texas
84.Derrek Richards* 426 2007 Utah
85.Brian Fisher 424 2003 South Florida
86.Tyrann Mathieu* 421 2011 Louisiana State
 Bosley Allen 421 2000 North Carolina
88.Patrick Peterson* 418 2010 Louisiana State
 Montrell Jones* 418 2004 Louisville
 Montrell Jones* 418 2004 Louisville
91.Leodis McKelvin 417 2005 Troy
 Roderick Hood* 417 2002 Auburn
93.Greg Reid* 416 2011 Florida State
 Keith Stokes 416 2000 East Carolina
95.Antonio Brown* 410 2008 Central Michigan
96.Niles Paul* 407 2009 Nebraska
97.Deandrew Rubin 406 2001 South Florida
98.Marion Barber III* 405 2003 Minnesota
 Sammy Moore* 405 2003 Washington State
100.Tyler Lockett 402 2014 Kansas State
 Marcus Trufant* 402 2002 Washington State