Punt Return Yards Per Return Single Season Leaders and Records

Minimum 50 punt returns.
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Leaders

  • Since 1976
  • Minimum 1 punt return per school game.
Leaders Table
Rk Player Avg Year School
1Maurice Drew*28.472005UCLA
2Ted Ginn Jr.*25.602004Ohio State
3Robert Woods*25.361977Grambling State
4Christian Kirk*24.362015Texas A&M
5Erroll Tucker24.311985Utah
6Richard Leonard23.772014Florida International
7Johnnie Lee Higgins Jr.23.422006UTEP
8Allen Rossum22.931996Notre Dame
9Aaron Lockett22.772000Kansas State
10Dan Sheldon22.712002Northern Illinois
11Rafael Little*22.642006Kentucky
12Kevin Robinson22.472004Utah State
13David Allen22.091998Kansas State
14Andre Davis22.002000Virginia Tech
15James Dye21.901995Brigham Young
16Lee Gissendaner21.801992Northwestern
17Christian Kirk*21.692016Texas A&M
18Ryan Switzer*20.922013North Carolina
19Quinton Jones*20.862005Boise State
20Ben Kelly20.821998Colorado
21Lance Frazier*20.792003West Virginia
22Antonio Brown*20.502008Central Michigan
23Bobby Newcombe20.331997Nebraska
24Aaron Glenn19.941993Texas A&M
25Steve Clay19.861994Eastern Michigan
26Tramaine Thompson*19.752012Kansas State
Anthony Parker*19.751986Arizona State
28Ian Clark19.672008New Mexico
29Chris Carr*19.642004Boise State
30Dante Pettis19.452017Washington
Isaac Byrd19.451996Kansas
32Aris Comeaux19.422002Army
33Tim Dwight19.321997Iowa
34Tyler Lockett*19.142014Kansas State
35Shaky Smithson*19.072010Utah
36Nelson Agholor*19.062013USC
37Justin McCareins19.052000Northern Illinois
38Jim Sandusky19.051983San Diego State
39J-Shun Harris II19.002017Indiana
40Dennis Northcutt18.961999Arizona
41Tim Dwight18.951996Iowa
42Rod Smith18.921986Nebraska
43James McMillion18.911992Iowa State
44Kevin Robinson18.902007Utah State
45Cliff Harris*18.832010Oregon
46Chris Davis*18.712013Auburn
47Venric Mark*18.672012Northwestern
48Dustin Harris*18.612011Texas A&M
49Tracy Porter18.582006Indiana
50Glyn Milburn18.481992Stanford
51Skyler Green*18.482003LSU
52Greg Reid*18.432009Florida State
53Bobby Newcombe18.381999Nebraska
Damon Gourdine18.381998San Diego State
55Larry Hargrove18.351989Ohio
56Terrence Nunn18.312005Nebraska
57William Likely18.222015Maryland
58Brian Roberson18.211995Fresno State
59Desean Jackson*18.202006California
Bo Campbell18.201991Virginia Tech
61Santana Moss18.192000Miami (FL)
62Jemeel Powell18.172000California
63Tony Collins18.151997Iowa
64Brandon James*18.142007Florida
65Brisly Estime18.132015Syracuse
Quan Bray*18.132014Auburn
Nilo Silvan18.131994Tennessee
68Trindon Holliday*18.102009LSU
69Troy Edwards18.081998Louisiana Tech
70Tony Logan*18.062010Maryland
71Jeremy Trimble18.062006Army
72Roman Hollowell18.002001Colorado
73Cameron Sutton*17.962015Tennessee
74Dez Bryant*17.942008Oklahoma State
75Darrent Williams*17.922003Oklahoma State
76Darrell Blackman17.832004North Carolina State
77Travis Williams17.702004East Carolina
78Brisly Estime17.692016Syracuse
79James Dye17.601996Brigham Young
80Omari Thompson17.582000Army
81Larry Pruitt17.551981Army
82Demornay Pierson-El17.532014Nebraska
83Rodregis Brooks17.501999UAB
84Deon Murphy17.462007Kansas State
85Willie Reid*17.452005Florida State
86Leodis McKelvin17.442007Troy
87Dave Duerson17.421979Notre Dame
88Philip Beck17.392007Louisiana Tech
89Jovon Johnson*17.382005Iowa
90Kenny Harrison17.332012UTSA
91Cody Cardwell17.302002SMU
92Ryne Robinson*17.212003Miami (OH)
93Domenik Hixon17.192004Akron
94Devin Hester*17.162004Miami (FL)
95De'Anthony Thomas*17.082012Oregon
96Steve Smith17.071999Utah
97Dejuan Groce*17.022002Nebraska
98Kyle Williams17.002008Arizona State
Walner Belleus*17.002004Iowa
Kelvin Martin17.001985Boston College

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