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2009 CFN All-Americans - Kick Returners
Central Michigan WR/KR Antonio Brown
Central Michigan WR/KR Antonio Brown
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Posted Aug 12, 2009


CFN 2009 All-Americans and Top 25 Players - Kick and Punt Returners

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2009 1st Team All-Americans

PR Antonio Brown, Jr. Central Michigan
Brown is one of the nation's elite kickoff returners averaging 20.8 yards per try after averaging 26.2 yards per boot two years ago. He went from good to unbelievable as a punt returner averaging 10.9 yards per try two years ago and then coming up with 20.5 yards per try with a 75-yarder for a touchdown. He's one of the nation's elite weapons.

KR Perrish Cox, Sr. Oklahoma State
Cox finished third in the nation averaging 29.8 yards per try with two touchdowns. He has four career scores on kickoff returns and will be avoided at all costs. He's way too good to kick to.

10 Best Kick Returners

1. Perrish Cox, Sr. Oklahoma State
2. A.J. Jefferson, Sr. Fresno State
3. Leonard Johnson, Soph. Iowa State
4. Troy Stoudermire, Soph. Minnesota
5. Mardy Gilyard, Jr. Cincinnati
6. C.J. Spiller, Sr. Clemson
7. Phillip Livas, Jr. Louisiana Tech
8. Chris Garrett, Sr. Ohio
9. Brandon Rutley, Soph. San Jose State
10. Brandon James, Sr. Florida

10 Best Punt Returners

1. Antonio Brown, Jr. Central Michigan
2. Javier Arenas, Sr. Alabama
3. Brandon James, Sr. Florida
4. Phillip Livas, Jr. Louisiana Tech
5. Kyle Wilson, Sr. Boise State
6. Trindon Holliday, Sr. LSU
7. Clinton Durst, Soph. Auburn
8. Dez Bryant, Jr. Oklahoma State
9. Ian Clark, Sr. New Mexico
10. Kyle Williams Jr. Arizona State
2009 2nd Team

PR Javier Arenas, Sr. Alabama
Arenas is one of the nation's elite all-around kick returners. He averaged an impressive 15.9 yards per try on punt returns, with three touchdowns, and averaged 22.9 yards per kickoff return. Everyone will do whatever possible to stay away from him.

KR A.J. Jefferson, Sr. Fresno State
Jefferson is trying to become a top corner, but at the very least, he'll once again be one of the nation's top kickoff returners. He averaged 29.3 yards per try after averaging 35.8 yards per attempt two years ago.

Honorable Mention

KR Mardy Gilyard, Sr. Cincinnati
Along with being one of the nation's best receivers, he has turned into a whale of a returner. A year ago, he led the Big East at almost a 28-yard clip, taking two back for touchdowns.

PR/KR Brandon James, Sr. Florida
James is one of the nation's best all-around return men. He averaged 23.1 yards per kickoff return, after averaging 28 yards per kickoff return two years ago, and he averaged 14.1 yards per punt return with two touchdowns, after averaging 18.1 yards per try two years ago. Teams will have to do everything possible to stay away from him at all costs.

KR Leonard Johnson, Soph. Iowa State
Johnson was one of the nation's breakout kickoff returners averaging 26.4 yards per try. He set the NCAA record with 319 return yards against Oklahoma State and has been good enough to be avoided by opposing kicking games.

PR/KR Phillip Livas, Jr. Louisiana Tech
Thanks to Livas, Tech has one of the nation's best return games averaging 23.9 yards per kickoff return and 13 yards per punt return. Livas is a threat every time he touches the ball and will be avoided on every punt after averaging 15.3 yards per punt return with two scores and 25.8 yards per kickoff return.

KR Troy Stoudermire, Soph. Minnesota
For all the problems Minnesota has had across the board over the last few years, kickoff returns haven’t been a problem. Stoudermire kept up the tradition of big plays averaging 25.8 yards per kickoff return and will be used more on punt returns.

PR Kyle Wilson, Sr. Boise State
Wilson is one of the nation's best corners and is a top pro prospect. He brings his cut-on-a-dime quickness to the punt return game averaging 14.2 yards per try last season.