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ASU Football: 'All-Sun Devils first team' return specialists

The Sun Devils have a history of great returners.


2013 was definitely a down year for the Sun Devils in the return game. In fact, Arizona State only managed to average 5.7 yards per punt return and 21.6 yards per kickoff return. The Sun Devils also failed to deliver either a kickoff or punt return for a touchdown last year.

All of that aside, that doesn't mean that Arizona State doesn't have a rich history of great kick returners. Here are the two best returners in Sun Devil history.

Jamal Miles:

When you flip through the pages of the Arizona State media guide and you look at the leaders in kickoff and punt returns, one name continually pops up. That name is Jamal Miles.

As a punt returner, Miles was solid. His 69 punt returns is good enough for fourth on Arizona State's all-time list. His best year as a punt returner came in his 2011 junior campaign where he averaged 16.6 yards per return. That season against Oregon State, Miles returned a punt 78 yards for a touchdown, his only punt return touchdown of his career.

While he was a good punt returner, you didn't dare kick the ball off to Miles.

For his career, Miles had 1,517 kickoff return yards, the most in Sun Devil history, and returned three kickoffs for touchdowns. His first kickoff return touchdown came in 2010 against UCLA when he returned the kick 99 yards for the score.

Like returning punts, Miles' best year returning kicks was also in 2011. That year he returned two kicks for touchdowns (an Arizona State record), recorded 788 kickoff return yards (the second-best single-season mark in school history) and averaged 26.3 yards per kick return that season.

There have been many good returners in Arizona State's illustrious history, but none did it better than Miles.

Wilford "Whizzer" White:

While better known as one of Arizona State's greatest running backs, Wilford "Whizzer" White was also one of the Sun Devils' most dangerous return threats.

White played from 1947 to 1950 and while he rewrote the rushing record books, he also set records as a kick and punt returner. During his tenure, White set records for punt return average in a game (42.0 against New Mexico in 1947), punt return average for a season (21.9 in 1948) and punt return average for a career (17.7).

But White didn't just return punts. He also returned kicks.

He is also second in kickoff return average for a career, averaging 28.3 yards per return.