Kickoff Return Yards Per Return Year-by-Year Leaders and Records

Minimum 50 kick returns.
An asterisk (*) after a player's name indicates bowl stats are included.
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  • Since 1976
  • Minimum 1 kick return per school game.
Leaders Table
Year Player Avg School
2017Tony Pollard41.93Memphis
2016Kylen Towner*40.31Western Kentucky
2015Evan Berry*38.29Tennessee
2014Jamarcus Nelson38.32Alabama-Birmingham
2013Levonte Whitfield*36.41Florida State
2012Dri Archer*36.94Kent State
2011Tyler Lockett*35.19Kansas State
2010Nick Williams*35.29Connecticut
2009Ray Fisher37.35Indiana
2008Travis Shelton31.30Temple
2007A.J. Jefferson*35.77Fresno State
2006Jacoby Ford*32.77Clemson
2005Jonathan Stewart*33.67Oregon
2004Justin Miller33.05Clemson
2003J.R. Reed31.67South Florida
2003Michael Waddell31.67North Carolina
2002Justin Miller*35.08Clemson
2001Chris Massey34.80Oklahoma State
2000Latarence Dunbar33.73Texas Christian
1999Reggie Hunt*34.08Texas Christian
1998Patrick Dyson32.91Utah
1997Kevin Johnson36.71Syracuse
1996Tremain Mack*37.71Miami (FL)
1995Robert Tate34.33Cincinnati
1994Eric Moulds32.77Mississippi State
1993Leeland McElroy39.33Texas A&M
1992Fred Montgomery32.64New Mexico State
1991Fred Montgomery29.36New Mexico State
1990Roy Ross30.60Texas-El Paso
1989Tony Smith32.50Southern Mississippi
1988Raghib Ismail36.08Notre Dame
1987Barry Sanders31.57Oklahoma State
1986Terrance Roulhac*32.11Clemson
1985Rick Calhoun32.75Cal State Fullerton
1984Rick Calhoun30.46Cal State Fullerton
1983Fredd Young31.17New Mexico State
1982Tim Kearse32.64San Jose State
1981Frank Minnifield30.36Louisville
1980Norm Granger29.91Iowa
1979Stevie Nelson31.39Ball State
1978Ottis Anderson32.92Miami (FL)
1977Henry White37.33Colgate
1976Casper Carter26.00South Carolina

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