05 SEPTEMBER 2009- AMERICAN-STATESMAN/RODOLFO GONZALEZ- University of Texas' #26, D.J. Monroe, leaps past the diving hands of University of Louisiana Monroe kicker #7, no name on roster, on his way to a touchdown kickoff return during first half action held at Darrell K Royal -Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, September 5, 2009.

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50 in 50: The best kick returners in Texas football history

Posted March 22nd, 2017


Spring Football is here and the Texas spring game is right around the corner. To celebrate, we’re counting the days to the Texas Spring Football Game with 50 facts in 50 days.

And we’re returning this post to the house with the best returners, statistically, in Texas football history.

All-time punt returns for touchdown

Texas has returned 28 punts for touchdowns, and they’ve never done it better than the first time. Bo Hilliard’s 95-yard return in 1932 is the first Texas punt returner to take it to the house for a touchdown and the longest. Jim Moore in 1973 fell one yard shy of breaking the record with a 94-yard return. Daje Johnson twice hit 85 yards on a touchdown return, while Aaron Ross once had an 88-yard return.


The most punt returns returned for touchdowns

Moore, Jordan Shipley and Ross hold the career record with three punt returns returned for scores. There are several players tied with two, including Johnson, Nathan Vasher, Selvin Young, Mike Adams and Raymond Clayborn.

Here’s one from Ross:

Here’s one from Shipley:

Most punt return yards in Texas history

Vasher recorded 1,314 yards from 2000-2003, returning two punts for scores and surpassing Eric Metcalf for most in Texas history. Metcalf is considered one of the greatest kick returners in the history of football, so this is no small feat. Metcalf is still second on the list with 1,076 yards.

Most punt return yards in a season

Vasher owns this one as well, passing Johnnie Johnson in 2001 with 554 yards. Johnson had 538 yards in 1977. Ross is third with 500. Vasher is fifth and sixth on this list with 370 in 2002 and 364 in 2003.

The tale of Bobby Dillon

Dillon is the original university president of “DBU” and like Ross, Vasher and other defensive backs, he also was a terrific punt returner. From 1949 to 1951, Dillon has the highest punt return average in school history with 17.2 yards per return for his career. He returned 50 punts for 851 yards. In 1950 he set a record that still stands with 22.3 yard return average.

Most kick return yards in Texas history

Returning kicks and returning punts are two different skills. And for this reason, the names are different at the top. Quan Cosby is the Longhorns all-time leader in kick return yards with 1,731 yards from 2005-2008. Second on the list is D.J. Monroe with 1,621 yards from 2009-2012.

Most kick return yards in single season

Cosby had 1,017 yards in 2007. That not only holds the record, that holds the record by a lot. The second closest returner is Adams with 622 yards in 1993.

All-time career average return yards

Ramonce Taylor returned 26 kicks for 701 yards, a 27 yard average.

Most combined punt and kick return yards in Texas history

Mike Adams from 1992-1996 had 2,651 return yards at Texas.

The longest kick returns in Longhorns history

Monroe’s return against Oklahoma State is tied for the longest with Fozzy Whittaker, who twice had returns of 100 yards against Oklahoma and Oklahoma State in 2011. Johnny “Lam” Jones is also tied with a 100-yard touchdown return.

Most kickoff returns for a touchdown

Monroe returned three kicks back for touchdowns.


Here’s the first one:

 Here’s the second one:

 Here’s the third one:

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