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2010 CFN All-Americans ... Returners
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Posted Aug 18, 2010

CFN 2010 All-Americans and Top Players - Kick and Punt Returners

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All-Americans & Top Players

2010 CFN All-Americans & Top 30 Players
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1. Chris Owusu, Jr. Stanford
Owusu ranked No. 5 nationally in kickoff returns, taking three back for touchdowns and averaging 31.5 yards per try. Fully recovered from a torn MCL suffered before the 2008 opener, he set the table with 37 receptions for 682 yards and five touchdowns to go along with a bunch of gamebreaking plays on special teams. His combination of size, speed, and open-field quickness is


2. D.J. Monroe, Soph. Texas
Monroe will once again handle the bulk of the kickoff return duties after a phenomenal season. Monroe set a school-record with two kick returns for scores in the same season, highlighted by a thriller against Texas A&M, and averaged 33.6 yards per pop.


3. Tyron Carrier, Jr. Houston
More than just a weapon as a receiver on offense, he’s also lethal as a return man. One of the fastest members of the team, if not the entire league, he exploded for four kickoff returns for touchdowns in 2009 averaging 29 yards per try, forcing the opposition to change the way it handles kickoffs.

4. Torrey Smith, Jr. Maryland
With a ball in his hands, Smith becomes a special athlete, capable of zipping through a seam and with a phenomenal burst. In two seasons, he’s averaged almost 26 yards a return and taken three back for touchdowns.

5. Demond Washington, Sr. Auburn
Washington came up with a great year setting the Auburn single-season record averaging 31.1 yards per kickoff return with a touchdown. The former JUCO transfer is only 5-9 and 182 pounds, but he moves well with elite cutting ability and is physical for his size getting two starts late in the year at strong safety.


6. > Dyrell Roberts, Jr. Virginia Tech
Roberts was No. 4 in the nation in kickoff returns averaging 31.89 yards per pop with a score against Alabama. He’s also one of the team’s top receivers catching 22 passes for 390 yards and three scores.

7. Derrick Locke, Sr. Kentucky
Locke is one of the SEC’s top do-it-all players. Coming off a blown out knee, he led the team with 907 rushing yards and six scores with three 100-yard games (including 126 yards against Auburn), he caught 31 passes for 284 yards and two scores, and he was one of the nation’s top kickoff returners averaging 27.8 yards per kickoff return.

8. Brandon Boykin, Jr. Georgia
Boykin is a star on special teams after averaging 26 yards per try with three touchdowns including one against South Carolina and one against Tennessee. At 5-10 and 185 pounds he’s not all that big, but he’s a tremendous tackler for his size, and he has the athleticism to grow into a No. 1 cover-corner with excellent speed and a 42” vertical.

9. Dwayne Harris, Sr. East Carolina
Harris averaged 27 yards per try and took three back for touchdowns. He does it all for the Pirates, catching 83 balls for 978 yards and seven touchdowns and rushing for 149 yards and five scores.

10. Warren Norman, Soph. Vanderbilt
Norman, a star running back, is one of the SEC’s elite kick returners averaging 26.2 yards per try last year with three scores. He took kicks back for scores in back to back weeks against South Carolina and Georgia Tech, and he also kept the team in the game with a big return against Army.



1. Greg Reid, Soph. Florida State
Florida State has a bona fine gamebreaker in the 5-8, 174-pound Reid. Explosive in space, he led the nation in punt returns at over 18 yards a return, and ranked fourth in the ACC on kickoffs. So dangerous, he’ll force the opposition to kick away from him this fall.


2. Ryan Broyles, Jr. Oklahoma
Along with possibly being the nation’s top receiver, Broyles is one of the nation’s elite returners averaging 15.9 yards per punt return and 20.2 yards on his four kickoff returns.


3. Jeremy Kerley, Sr. TCU
Kerley is one of the nation’s elite returns averaging 14.4 yards per punt return with two touchdowns and averaged a whopping 26.6 yards per kickoff return. Teams will avoid putting the ball in his hands at all costs.

4. Da’Norris Searcy, Sr. North Carolina
After ranking No. 5 nationally at 14.6 yards a return, Searcy is back to handle punts. He’ll also pitch in some on kickoffs, though fellow seniors Johnny White and Greg Little are also in the fold to shoulder the load.

5. LaVon Brazill, Sr. Ohio
A star receiver, he’s one of the nation’s most dangerous punt returners averaging 13.5 yards per try with three scores. He might not have big-time size, but he plays big and he plays fast finishing second on the team with 53 catches for 702 yards and six touchdowns.


6. Tracy Lampley, Soph. Southern Miss
The undisputed leader of the great USM return game will be Lampley, one of the program’s most exciting all-around players. On punts, he averaged 14.5 yards to lead Conference USA, and was second in the league on kickoffs at 27.6 yards.

7. Niles Paul, Sr. Nebraska
Paul is an elite all-around return man averaging 27.9 yards per kickoff return last season and 10.7 yards per punt return. A game breaker, he’s decisive, always gets up field, and is a weapon who forces opposing kicking teams to adjust their plans.

8. Damaris Johnson, Jr. Tulsa
In Johnson, the Hurricane will continue to boast one of the nation’s more lethal return men. A jack rabbit in the open field, he ranked No. 8 nationally in punt returns and was fifth in the league at 24.5 yards a kick return.

9. Randall Cobb, Jr. Kentucky
Cobb averaged 26.5 yards per kickoff return, and he’s also a special punt returner averaging 12.8 yards per try with a score. A bit banged up at times, he has to be 100% to remain one of the team’s top weapons, and while he’s slippery and tough, he’s only 5-11 and 191 pounds and not built to take a pounding.

10. William Wright, Jr. Arizona
While he didn’t come up with enough tries, Wright took a punt back for a score against Washington State and averaged 17.5 yards on 12 attempts, which would have ranked him third nationally had he qualified. Bug, as he’s known, is also a dangerous kickoff returner.