Jet Award

Jet Award
Awarded forthe top return specialist in college football
CountryUnited States
First award2011
Most recentZachariah Branch, USC

The Jet Award, named in honor of 1972 Heisman Trophy Winner Johnny "the Jet" 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]
2013 Ty Montgomery Stanford[4]
2014 Tyler Lockett Kansas State[5]
2015 Christian McCaffrey Stanford
2016 Adoree' Jackson USC[6]
2017 Dante Pettis Washington
2018 Savon Scarver Utah State
2019 Joe Reed Virginia[7]
2020 Avery Williams Boise State[8]
2021 Marcus Jones Houston[9]
2022 Derius Davis TCU[10]
2023 Zachariah Branch USC[11]

Legacy winners

Year Winner School
1959 Billy Cannon LSU
1960 Pat Fischer Nebraska
1961 Paul Allen BYU
1965 Mike Garrett USC
1970 Joe Washington Oklahoma
1971 Cliff Branch Colorado
1972 Terry Metcalf Long Beach State
1974 Rick Upchurch Minnesota
1975 Billy "White Shoes" Johnson Widener
1983 Mel Gray Purdue
1999 Dante Hall Texas A&M
2006 Ted Ginn Jr. Ohio State[12]
2000 Aaron Lockett Kansas State


  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. Archived from the original on September 5, 2012. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
  3. ^ "Another Award for Tavon". West Virginia University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. January 16, 2013. Retrieved January 16, 2013.
  4. ^ AP (9 January 2014). "Ty Montgomery wins Jet Award". Retrieved 25 January 2014.
  5. ^ Barnett, Zach (March 19, 2015). "K-State's Tyler Lockett wins Jet Award (What is the Jet Award?)". NBC Sports. Retrieved May 19, 2015.
  6. ^ "TBL: In Omaha to receive Jet Award, Adoree Jackson reflects on USC career, looks forward to NFL draft". Omaha World-Herald. April 13, 2017. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  7. ^ "Joe Reed Named Recipient of Jet Award as Nation's Top Return Specialist" (Press release). Virginia Cavaliers. January 8, 2020. Retrieved March 21, 2020.
  8. ^ "Avery Williams Named Jet Award Winner" (Press release). Boise State Broncos. January 27, 2021. Retrieved January 28, 2021.
  9. ^ "A celebration of football: Jet Award Gala saw the stars out in Omaha" (Press release). KETV. April 13, 2022. Retrieved April 14, 2022.
  10. ^ "Davis Wins the Jet Award".
  11. ^ "USC's Zachariah Branch Wins Jet Award".
  12. ^ "PREVIOUS WINNERS – the Jet Award".
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