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Owls Generating Good Returns

Owls are leading the nation in kickoff return yardage ... again!

Owls Generating Good Returns

( Michael Bryant / Staff Photographer )<br />
( Michael Bryant / Staff Photographer )

Perhaps it is surprising to some to find the Temple Owls leading NCAA Division I-A in average yards per kickoff return. But it shouldn't be.

It was only three season ago that the Owls finished the season atop I-A in that category. If they can hold on, they would be just the fourth team to lead in that category twice in a four-season span (Wyoming, 1948-50; Texas A&M, 1993-94; TCU 1999-2000).

Junior Matt Brown (show above in action against Villanova earlier this season), is averaging 28.1 yards per kickoff return. (He is also averaging 10.6 yards a punt return and has helped the Owls to a No. 22 ranking in that categoty.)

A look at the Owls kickoff return numbers the last four seasons:

Season     Avg.    Rk.    TD Leaders   No.    Yds.    Avg.   TD       LG
2008
  26.60
1
2
Travis Shelton
Jama Schulters
23
12
720
356
31.3
29.7
1
1
92
98
2009 23.85 22 2 James Nixon
Matt Brown
Kee-ayre Griffin
Kevin Kroboth
17
16
8
4
497
385
183
109
29.2
24.1
22.9
27.2
2
0
0
0
100
47
54
33
2010
22.31
52
0
James Nixon
Matt Brown
24
8
561
190
23.4
23.8
0
0
51
55
2011
29.60
1
0
Matt Brown
Joe Jones
12
3
337
107
28.1
35.7
0
0
78
47
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