Special Teams He holds the NCAA record for the 4) Matt Brown, Temple most 100-plus yard kick returns in a career (five) and most in a season Brown is the first player on this list to return both kicks and punts, but (four). he’s just 5’ 5” and 165 lbs. Dunn also set the NCAA record with two 100-plus yard kick returns Brown was a first-team All-Big East in a single game against California selection and the conference’s Special Teams Player of the Year after in 2012. averaging 14.2 yards on 17 punt reTeams started to kick away from af- turns and 25.5 yards on 31 kickoff ter the Cal game. Similar to Palmer, returns. Dunn doesn’t return punts, but he reportedly has elite speed that can He also played a significant role as a approach 4.3 seconds in the 40-yard running back for Temple and could a poor man’s version of Darren Spdash. roles. 3) Quincy McDuffie School: Central Florida, Sr. Height: 5’ 8” Weight: 175 lbs. 40-Yard Dash: n/a In a nutshell: Quincy McDuffie was named Conference USA’s Special Teams Player of the Year in 2012 after leading FBS with a kick return average of 34.2 yards and three touchdowns.
5) Nick Williams, Connecticut
Williams was a second-team All-Big East selection as a return specialist after averaging 12.0 yards on punt returns and 20.4 yards on kick returns. He also caught 30 passes as a senior and played in the Casino del Sol All-Star Game. 6) Jerodis Williams, Furman
12.2 yards on 18 punt returns as a senior. He also led McNeese in receiving in 2012 with 32 receptions for 497 yards and three touchdowns. He handled punt return duties but was not heavily used as a kickoff return specialist. 8) John Borsellino, Benedictine
Borsellino was an all-around threat as a receiver and running back at Benedictine, but his Division III level of competition comes as a concern. His speed isn’t at the level of the Division I athletes. 9) Austin Shanks, N. Arizona
Shanks was honored with the 2012 Punt Returner Award at the FCS level by the College Football Performance Awards after averaging 19.8 yards on 17 punt returns and two touchdowns as a senior.
Williams was a productive running He finished his college career with back at Furman, but his best oppor- 10) Tavoy Austin, Central Wash. six total kick return touchdowns tunity to break into the NFL might and is UCF’s all-time leader in kick be as a kick returner, at least at first. Austin was dismissed from Idaho return yardage. State but spent his senior season at He averaged 39.5 yards on 16 kick Central Washington. Along with the other top two play- returns as a senior but did not reers on this list, McDuffie didn’t re- turn punts. He reportedly recently signed a conturn punts either but has speed to tract with the Edmonton Eskimos of burn. the Canadian Football League. 7) Darius Carey, McNeese State
“didn’t return punts but has speed”
Carey was dismissed from North Texas but revived his college career at McNeese State where he averaged
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