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Who are the greatest punt returners for Clemson
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Who are the greatest punt returners for Clemson

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Feb 16, 2021, 1:45 PM

football?

My top three in order:
1. CJ Spiller
2. Justin Miller
3. Jacoby Ford

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Yes, to those...plus


Feb 16, 2021, 1:49 PM

i was going to add Tony Horne, but if i remember correctly, he was electric on kick-offs.

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Those guys were great...

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Feb 16, 2021, 1:52 PM

But these days all we need is someone who can fair catch a ball.

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Feb 16, 2021, 3:04 PM



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Feb 16, 2021, 2:05 PM

CJ is 1st by a long shot. But we've had handful of good ones the past 20 years.

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Feb 16, 2021, 2:06 PM

Donnell Woolford

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Feb 16, 2021, 2:07 PM

Pardon the recency bias, but Amari Rogers did just fine. Had a TD against BC, I believe, and was very dependable catching the ball.

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Feb 16, 2021, 2:11 PM

Ray Ray is doing fine in the NFL. Averaging 8-10 yards a return I believe.

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Derrick Hamilton aka “noodle”


Feb 16, 2021, 2:15 PM

Nm

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Feb 16, 2021, 2:52 PM

till Stockstill went to USC and then told him to leave Clemson early

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I'd say Justin Miller was the best at it.

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Feb 16, 2021, 2:16 PM

had a knack for making the right cut and did it while welcoming contact. CJ was the best at making a cut and getting away from everyone and we all knew if there was any daylight it was over. But if i had to bring back one dude that was money every time he got the ball it was Justin Miller.

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Feb 16, 2021, 9:09 PM

I’m showing my age but Willie Underwood was pretty good. Had healthcare administration class with him. He wore a T shirt that said “Willie’s return service “!

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Feb 16, 2021, 2:20 PM

Justin Miller

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Feb 16, 2021, 2:21 PM

CJ Spiller and Justin Miller

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Feb 16, 2021, 2:31 PM

Justin Miller

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Feb 16, 2021, 3:11 PM

There have been very few punt returners that really striked fear in opposing teams. If I had to rank them I would say:

1. Derrick Hamilton-he was a very good kick returner as well.
2. Donnell Woolford-he was terrible early in his career. really came on as a junior and senior.
3. Justin Miller-very dependable to catch and get yards.
4. Amari Rodgers-he was so shifty and didn't lose yards.

I know some people mention Ray Ray but he dropped so many. He was a liability back there. We really haven't had that many threats. I've got to admit our offense has been so good I'm ok with a fair catch at this point.

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Feb 16, 2021, 3:32 PM

No CJ ???

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Feb 16, 2021, 6:37 PM


No CJ ???



TBF - Spiller and Ford split Punt Return duty but I feel you here.

IMO CJ Spiller is the best All-Purpose player I've seen come through Clemson ??

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Feb 16, 2021, 3:38 PM

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Feb 16, 2021, 3:56 PM

Just based on scoring, Ford, Miller and Woolford are all tied at 2 punt returns for TDs...

Thriller, then Miller, then Noodle for KO returns, once again based on scoring.

https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/clemson/scoring.html

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The last couple of years it's been a guy named


Feb 16, 2021, 4:06 PM

FAIR CATCH...this is crazy with the amazing skills that we've put on the field. IDK if it's a philosophy to not take advantage of them (stupid) or the blocking schemes are so bad/wrong that no one gets a chance to run with the ball upfield.

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Feb 16, 2021, 4:12 PM

Seems to me the punters today are going for hang time instead of distance , therefore making a lot of their punts nearly impossible to return .

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Which games have we lost because we have decided to


Feb 16, 2021, 6:18 PM

... minimize the risks associated with attempting either return or block a punt?

A muffed punt after getting the other team off the field is a disaster. So is a 15 yard roughing penalty.

We’ve been plenty good on offense that we don’t need to take that chance.

Our coaches seem to know what they’re doing .

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I would flip Miller and Ford, but that is a great top 3.

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Feb 16, 2021, 4:50 PM

Spiller and Ford looked like a home run threat each and every time they took off. Miller did not have that kind of killing speed or moves.

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Feb 16, 2021, 5:04 PM

CJ, Woolford, Amari Rodgers

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Feb 16, 2021, 5:46 PM

Shad Bryant.

https://theclemsoninsider.com/2014/06/06/who-are-the-best-punt-returners-in-clemson-history/


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Feb 16, 2021, 5:51 PM

An unmentioned name to this point in this thread that I think was very dangerous in the punt return game, but also very reliable, was Brian Mance. Joe Don Reames was also very reliable for a season (2000).

https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/brian-mance-1.html

https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/joe-don-reames-1.html

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Feb 16, 2021, 9:21 PM

Back in the day Don Kelly gave us something to cheer for

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Feb 16, 2021, 5:55 PM

Thunder and Lightning, sentimentally. Jacoby Ford otherwise.

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Feb 16, 2021, 5:59 PM

I'll add the greatest punt returner to play against us was Deon Sanders. Remember THAT game where he told Bowden and the Tigers on the sidelines what he would do?

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Feb 16, 2021, 9:12 PM

Yes. He pointed to the Southeast end zone corner, then took it to that spot for TD.

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Not the best...but Adam Humphries took one to the house against.....

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Feb 16, 2021, 7:37 PM

Louisville in 2014. Only other TD we got that day was a fumble recovery.
Got a few FGs and squeaked out a win by 6.
We’ve had better returners...but getting a TD in a nail biter like that was crucial.

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Feb 16, 2021, 9:37 PM

I just read through all the comments because I wanted to post humphries. That was one of the most impactful punt returns.

Good call - should’ve logged on sooner!

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Feb 16, 2021, 7:58 PM

Justin Miller!

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Feb 16, 2021, 8:44 PM

CJ hands down.

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