DURHAM, N.C. – Duke punt returner Jamison Crowder received yet another postseason award Thursday as the winner of the College Football Performance Awards Elite Punt Returner Trophy. The accolade goes to the player deemed to have contributed the greatest team success on punt returns over the last two seasons of college football.
Crowder, a 5-9, 175-pound senior, tallied 22 punt returns for 280 yards and two touchdowns in 2014. His two biggest impacts on punt returns occurred against Syracuse and No. 15 Arizona State in the Hyundai Sun Bowl. Versus the Orange, he carded a season-high 106 punt return yards, including a 52-yard return for a TD to snap a 10-10 tie early in the fourth period and lead Duke to a 27-10 triumph. In the bowl game against the Sun Devils, Crowder posted a 68-yard punt return for a TD late in the second quarter that made it a 20-17 Duke deficit at the half.
During the 2013 campaign, Crowder returned 25 punts for 401 yards and a pair of scores. He totaled more than 100 punt return yards against N.C. Central (113; fourth highest single-game total in school history) and Pittsburgh (109; sixth highest single-game total in school history). His punt return average of 36.33 yards (three returns for 109 yards) against Pittsburgh marked the second-highest single-game total in school history, trailing only George Clark’s standard of 39.67 yards (three returns for 119) versus Wake Forest in 1944. Crowder's two punt returns for TDs came against N.C. Central (76 yards; eighth longest return in school history) and Pittsburgh (82 yards; tied for the fifth longest return in school history) as he became just the third player in Duke history to register two punt returns for TDs in the same season, joining Elmore Hackney (1937) and Jay Wilkinson (1961).
In his career, Crowder totaled 65 punt returns for 869 yards (13.37 yards per return) and the four touchdowns. He finished second in Duke history in punt return yards, punt return average and punt returns and holds the top spot for most punt returns for touchdowns.
Already this postseason, Crowder was named first team All-ACC as a wide receiver and return specialist and earned a spot on the CBSSports.com All-Bowl Team as a punt returner.
Crowder will represent Duke at the 66th annual Reese’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. This year’s game will kick off at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 24 and be televised live by the NFL Network.