Record-setting return man selected to prestigious Division I FCS team
FAMU junior return specialist LeRoy Vann was named to the 2008 Walter Camp Foundation NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) All-America Team.
The all-star team is selected annually by the head football coaches and sports information directors of the FCS member schools.
The 5-9, 185-pound speedster from Tampa, Florida’s Blake High School, shattered numerous school, conference and NCAA records for total returns, return yardage, while tying NCAA marks for combined TD kick returns with six.
Vann tied Bashir Levingston of Eastern Washington (1998) and Corey Smith of Montana State (2003) with six (6) combined TD returns in NCAA FCS for a season.
He also finished the 2008 campaign as the NCAA FCS all-time single-season leader in combined kick return yardage with 1,583 yards, surpassing the old mark of 1,469 set by Samford’s David Primus in 1989.
Vann also ended the season with 66 combined returns, surpassing the former mark of 64 by Connecticut’s Joe Markus in 1981.
• School-wise, Vann tied David Lucas for most kickoff returns in a season (3), set in 1991, while setting a new single-season FAMU record for total kickoff returns with 38, passing William Judson, whose previous high of 35 was set in 2004.
• Vann also reigns as the overall NCAA Division I leader in combined kick return yards and tied the Division I BCS (formerly I-A) mark for combined kick returns for TDs with six (6).
• Kentucky’s Derek Abney held the previous BCS single-season combined kick return yardage mark of 1,348 yards in 2003.
@Abney (2002) and Asland Davis of Tulsa (2004) both had six combined kick returns for TDs in a season.
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