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Johnny Rodgers Award
Awarded forthe top return specialist in college football
CountryUnited States
First awarded2011
Currently held byTavon Austin

The Johnny Rodgers Award, officially the Johnny "The Jet" Rodgers National College Football Return Specialist Award, named in honor of 1972 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers, is awarded to the top return specialist in college football beginning with the 2011 season.

Joe Adams was announced as the first winner on March 29, 2012.[1]

Beginning with the 2012 Award ceremony, in addition to being given to the annual award winner, the Rodgers Award will be presented retroactively one decade at a time, starting with the 1959-1969 winners.[2]


Year Winner School
2011 Joe Adams Arkansas
2012 Tavon Austin West Virginia[3]


  1. Kercheval, Ben (March 29, 2012). "Joe Adams comes away with Johnny Rodgers Award". NBC Sports. Retrieved 4 April 2012.
  2. Kaipust, Rich (March 27, 2012). "Johnny Rodgers introduces new award". Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
  3. "Another Award for Tavon". West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. January 16, 2013. Retrieved January 16, 2013.