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TEAM RECORDS

Punt Returns

Most Punt Returns

  Game      11   vs. Rice................................10/9/43
  Season    44   (11 games).................................1931
Highest Average Per Return
  Season  19.9   (10 games).................................1969
Most Touchdowns
  Game       3   vs. Louisiana College...................9/26/25
  Season     3   (11 games).................................1972
             3   (10 games).................................1925

Kickoff Returns

Most Kickoff Returns

  Game      10   vs. Alabama............................10/12/91
            10   vs. LSU................................11/25/61
  Season    76   (12 games).................................2009
Highest Average Per Return
  Season  32.1   (9 games)..................................1941

INDIVIDUAL RECORDS

Total Returns

Most Total Returns

  Season    70   John Wilson (37 punts, 33 kickoffs)........2000
  Career   149   Martin Mitchell (58 punts, 91 kickoffs).1973-75
Most Total Return Yardage
  Season  1038   Jeff Liggon................................1994
                 (0 punts, 1038 kickoffs)
  Career  2922   Jeff Liggon.............................1993-96
                 (0 punts, 2922 kickoffs)

Punt Returns

Most Punt Returns

  Game       8   Floyd Roberts...........................12/2/33
  Season    37   John Wilson (318 yards)....................2000
  Career    81   John Wilson (701 yards)...............1997-2000
Most Punt Return Yardage
  Game     137   Joe Bullard vs. Vanderbilt..............11/1/69
  Season   463   Lynaris Elpheage (28 returns)..............2002
  Career  1049   Joe Bullard (74 returns)................1969-71
Highest Yards-Per-Return Average
  Game    39.7   Max McGee vs. Santa Clara (3 for 119)...10/4/52
  Season  20.8   Joe Bullard (19 for 395)...................1969
  Career  14.2   Joe Bullard (74 for 1049)...............1969-71
Most Touchdowns
  Game       2   Lester Lautenschlaeger vs. La. College..9/26/25
  Season     3   George Ewing...............................1972
  Career     4   Joe Bullard.............................1969-71
Longest Punt Return
  Game      92   Joe Bullard vs. Vanderbilt..............11/1/69

Kickoff Returns

Most Kickoff Returns

  Game       8   Casey Robottom at Memphis (166 yds)....11/29/08
             8   T. Strickland vs. Fla. St. (168 yds)...11/14/92
  Season    44   Jeff Liggon (1038 yards)...................1994
  Career   123   Jeff Liggon (2922 yards)................1993-96
Most Kickoff Retun Yardage
  Game     171   Jeff Liggon vs. Southern Miss..........10/26/96
  Season  1038   Jeff Liggon (44 returns)...................1994
  Career  2922   Jeff Liggon (123 returns)...............1993-96
Highest Yard-Per-Return Average
  Game    46.0   Fred Smith vs. TCU (3 for 138)...........9/1/03
  Season  38.2   Bobby Kellogg (6 for 229)..................1939
  Career  24.9   Jerry Graves (40 for 944)...............1962-64
Most Touchdowns
  Game       1   on 10 occasions
                 Last by Jeremy Williams vs. UTEP........11/6/09
  Season     1	on 10 occasions
                Last by Jeremy Williams.....................2009
  Career     2	Michael Pierce...........................1986-89
Longest Kickoff Return
  Game     100   Fred Smith vs. TCU.......................9/1/03
           100   Maurice Nelson vs. Memphis.............10/12/85
           100   Coleman Dupre vs. North Carolina .......10/9/71
           100   Eddie Price vs. Alabama.................9/27/47
           100   Lou Thomas vs. North Carolina..........10/18/41
           100   Bobby Kellogg vs. Mississippi..........10/28/39
           100   Bucky Bryan vs. Georgia Tech...........10/21/33

Career Records

Punt Returns

     Player             Seasons         Avg  Yards   Ret
 1.  John Wilson        1997-00         8.7   701     81
 2.  Reggie Reginelli   1979-82         7.6   568     75
 3.  Joe Bullard        1969-71        14.2  1049     74
 4.  Don Zimmerman      1930-32        13.2   950     72
 5.  P.J. Franklin      1995-98         6.9   433     63
 6.  Martin Mitchell    1973-76         9.1   527     58
 7.  Fred Smith         2003-04,06-07  10.2   563     55
 8.  Derrick Franklin   1993-96         5.7   310     54
 9.  Curt Baham         1982-85         5.7   304     53
10.  Lynaris Elpheage   2000-02        12.4   597     48
Punt Return Yardage
     Player             Seasons         Ret   Avg    Yards
 1.  Joe Bullard        1969-71         74    14.2   1049
 2.  Don Zimmerman      1930-32         72    13.2    950
 3.  John Wilson        1997-00         81     8.7    701
 4.  Lynaris Elpheage   2000-02         48    12.4    597
 5.  Reggie Reginelli   1979-82         75     7.6    568
 6.  Fred Smith         2003-04,06-07   55    10.2    563
 7.  Martin Mitchell    1973-76         58     9.1    527
 8.  Lou Thomas         1940-42         45     9.8    443
 9.  P.J. Franklin      1995-98         63     6.9    433
10.  Dub Jones          1943-44         31    10.6    329
Punt Retun Average (minimum 25 returns)
     Player             Seasons         Ret  Yards    Avg
 1.  Joe Bullard        1969-71         74   1049    14.18
 2.  Don Zimmerman      1930-32         72    950    13.19
 3.  Lynaris Elpheage   2000-02         48    597    12.44
 4.  Fred Smith         2003-04,06-07   33    372    11.27
 5.  Dub Jones          1943-44         31    329    10.61
 6.  Lou Thomas         1940-42         45    443     9.84
 7.  Martin Mitchell    1973-76         58    527     9.09
 8.  John Wilson        1997-00         81    701     8.65
 9.  Ricky Dunaway      1976-78         26    216     8.31
10.  Reggie Reginelli   1979-82         75    568     7.57
Kickoff Returns
     Player              Seasons        Avg    Yards   Ret
 1.  Jeff Liggon         1993-96        23.8   2922    123
 2.  Michael Pierce      1986-89        22.9   2570    112
 3.  Terrance Strickland 1988-92        21.4   2033     95
 4.  Martin Mitchell     1973-75        21.1   1916     91
 5.  Fred Smith          2003-04,06-07  20.6   1727     84
 6.  John Wilson         1997-00        20.2   1130     56
 7.  Jim Trahan          1966-68        21.6   1145     53
 8.  Jerry Graves        1962-64        24.9    994     40
     Maurice Nelson      1985-88        21.0    797     38
10.  Lynaris Elpheage    2000-02        23.2    858     37
     Reggie Butts        1979-82        20.7    765     37
Kickoff Return Yardage
     Player              Seasons        Ret    Avg     Yards
 1.  Jeff Liggon         1993-96        123    23.8    2922
 2.  Michael Pierce      1986-89        112    22.9    2570
 3.  Terrance Strickland 1988-92         95    21.4    2033
 4.  Martin Mitchell     1973-75         91    21.1    1916
 5.  Fred Smith          2003-04,06-07   84    20.6    1727
 6.  Jim Trahan          1966-68         53    21.6    1145
 7.  John Wilson         1997-00         56    20.2    1130
 8.  Jerry Graves        1962-64         40    24.9     994
 9.  Lynaris Elpheage    2000-02         37    23.2     858
10.  Maurice Nelson      1985-88         38    21.0     797
Kickoff Return Average (minimum 20 returns) Player Seasons Ret Yards Avg 1. Jerry Graves 1962-64 40 994 24.85 2. Jeremy Williams 2006-09 29 702 24.21 3. Jeff Liggon 1993-96 123 2922 23.78 4. Lynaris Elpheage 2000-02 37 858 23.19 5. Michael Pierce 1986-89 112 2570 22.95 6. Coleman Dupre 1971-73 34 751 22.09 7. Israel Route 2004-06 24 525 21.88 8. Jim Trahan 1966-68 53 1145 21.60 9. Terrance Strickland 1988-92 95 2033 21.40 10. Max McGee 1951-53 36 766 21.28

SINGLE-SEASON LEADERS

Punt Returns

     Player              Season   Avg   Yards   Ret
 1.  John Wilson         2000     8.6    318    37
 2.  Joe Bullard         1970    12.0    373    31
 3.  John Wilson         1999     8.4    244    29
     P.J. Franklin       1997     9.0    260    29
 5.  Lynaris Elpheage    2002    16.5    463    28
     Martin Mitchell     1975     5.5    156    28
 7.  Reggie Reginelli    1979     8.2    222    27
     Don Zimmerman       1931      --    ---    27
 9.  Joe Bullard         1971    11.7    282    24
10.  Fred Smith          2004    11.6    267    23
     Terrance Strickland 1992     3.5     81    23
     Bobby Kellogg       1939     9.3    214    23
Punt Return Yardage
     Player              Season   Ret   Avg   Yards
 1.  Lynaris Elpheage    2002     28    16.5   463
 2.  Joe Bullard         1969     19    20.8   395
 3.  Joe Bullard         1970     31    12.0   373
 4.  John Wilson         2000     37     8.6   318
 5.  Joe Bullard         1971     24    11.7   282
 6.  George Kinek        1950     20    13.9   277
 7.  Fred Smith          2004     23    11.6   267
 8.  George Ewing        1972     16    16.5   264
 9.  P.J. Franklin       1997     29     9.0   260
10.  Martin Mitchell     1974     17    13.5   231
Punt Return Average (minimum 10 returns)
     Player              Season   Ret   Yards  Avg
 1.  Joe Bullard         1969     19     395   20.79
 2.  Lynaris Elpheage    2002     28     463   16.54
 3.  George Ewing        1972     16     264   16.50
 4.  Dub Jones           1944     16     226   14.13
 5.  George Kinek        1950     20     277   13.85
 6.  Carl Crowder        1964     10     137   13.70
 7.  Martin Mitchell     1974     18     231   13.59
 8.  Lou Thomas          1942     13     158   12.15
 9.  Joe Bullard         1970     31     373   12.03
10.  Joe Bullard         1971     24     282   11.75
Kickoff Returns
     Player              Season  Avg    Yards   Ret
 1.  Jeff Liggon         1994    23.6   1038    44
 2.  Fred Smith          2003    21.8    830    38
 3.  Michael Pierce      1987    22.3    825    37
 4.  John Wilson         2000    20.8    687    33
     Terrance Strickland 1992    23.5    775    33
 6.  Michael Pierce      1988    23.9    765    32
 7.  Ade Tuyo            2007    23.2    697    30
 8.  Jeff Liggon         1995    21.6    625    29
 9.  Jeff Liggon         1996    26.2    707    27
     Martin Mitchell     1976    20.0    540    27
     Martin Mitchell     1974    21.6    594    27
Kickoff Return Yardage
     Player              Season   Ret   Avg    Yards
 1.  Jeff Liggon         1994     44    23.6   1038
 2.  Fred Smith          2003     38    21.8    830
 3.  Michael Pierce      1987     37    22.3    825
 4.  Terrance Strickland 1992     33    23.5    775
 5.  Michael Pierce      1988     32    23.9    765
 6.  Jeff Liggon         1996     27    26.2    707
 7.  Ade Tuyo            2007     30    23.2    697
 8.  John Wilson         2000     33    20.8    687
 9.  Jeff Liggon         1995     29    21.6    625
10.  Martin Mitchell     1974     27    21.6    594
Kickoff Return Average (minimum 10 returns)
     Player              Season   Ret  Yards    Avg
 1.  Richie Petitbon     1958     10    276     27.60
 2.  Jeff Liggon         1996     27    707     26.19
 3.  Terry Terrebonne    1959     13    335     25.77
 4.  Lynaris Elpheage    2002     28    463     25.17
 5.  Jerry Graves        1962     21    513     24.43
 6.  Martin Mitchell     1973     14    339     24.21
 7.  Maurice Nelson      1985     17    411     24.18
 8.  Joey Perry          1991     12    289     24.08
 9.  Jeremy Williams     2009     20    483     24.14
10.  Jeff Liggon         1993     23    552     24.00

SINGLE-GAME LEADERS

Most Kickoff Returns

     Player                No  Date       Opponent        Add'l Stats
 1.  Casey Robottom        8   11/29/08   Memphis         166 yards
     Terrance Strickland   8   11/14/92   Florida State   168 yards
 3.  Terrance Strickland   7   10/10/92   Alabama         162 yards
     Terrance Strickland   7   9/1/90     UL-Lafayette    160 yards
     Coleman Dupre         7   11/27/71   LSU             N/A
Most Kickoff Return Yardage
     Player               Yards  Date      Opponent       Add'l Stats
 1.  Jeff Liggon           171   10/26/96  Southern Miss  1 score
 2.  Terrance Strickland   168   11/14/92  Florida State  7 returns
 3.  Casey Robottom        166   11/29/08  Memphis        8 returns
 4.  Terrance Strickland   162   10/10/92  Alabama        7 returns
 5.  Terrance Strickland   160   9/1/90    UL-Lafayette   7 returns
     Michael Pierce        160   10/24/87  Virginia Tech  N/A

Longest Returns

Punt Returns

 1.  92  Joe Bullard vs. Vanderbilt........................11/1/69
 2.  89  Tommy Warner vs. Virginia Tech....................9/20/57
     89  Jimmy Glisson vs. LSU............................11/27/48
 4.  83  George Ewing vs. Pittsburgh.......................10/7/72
 5.  80  Ted Miller vs. William & Mary....................10/28/60
 6.  79  Max McGee vs. Santa Clara.........................10/4/52
 7.  77  Curt Baham vs. Florida State......................9/17/83
     77  Joe Bullard vs. Illinois..........................9/26/70
 9.  75  Fred Smith vs. UAB...............................10/23/04
     75  Carl Crowder vs. Duke............................11/28/64
     75  Bobby Kellogg vs. Texas A&M (Sugar Bowl)...........1/1/40
12.  71  Joe Bullard vs. Vanderbilt.......................10/30/71
13.  64  Lynaris Elpheage vs. Southern.....................9/29/01
14.  60  Lynaris Elpheage vs. Hawai'i (Hawai'i Bowl)......12/25/02
Kickoff Returns
 1. 100  Fred Smith vs. TCU.................................9/1/03
    100  Maurice Nelson vs. Memphis.......................10/12/85
    100  Coleman Dupre vs. North Carolina..................10/9/71
    100  Eddie Price vs. Alabama...........................9/27/47
    100  Lou Thomas vs. North Carolina....................10/18/41
    100  Bobby Kellogg vs. Ole Miss.......................10/28/39
    100  Bucky Bryan vs. Georgia Tech.....................10/21/33
 8.  98  Jeff Liggon vs. Southern Miss....................10/26/96
 9.  97  Israel Route vs. Southeastern Louisiana...........10/1/05
10.  93  Michael Pierce vs. Chattanooga.....................9/3/88
     93  James "Bubber" Ely vs. North Carolina............10/18/41
12.  91  Martin Mitchell vs. Navy.........................10/10/73
13.  89  Joey Perry vs. Alabama...........................10/12/91
     89  Michael Pierce vs. Virginia Tech.................10/24/87
15.  88  Jeremy Williams vs. UTEP..........................11/6/09

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