Oct. 20, 2011
LARAMIE, Wyo. - University of Wyoming junior wide receiver and punt returner Chris McNeill has been named the National Punt Returner of the Week by CollegeFootballPerformance.com for his performance in a 41-14 home win over UNLV on Saturday, Oct. 15.
McNeill, a junior from Simi Valley, Calif., returned a punt 76 yards for a touchdown at a critical point in the third quarter of Wyoming's game versus UNLV. With Wyoming leading by only nine points (23-14), McNeill fielded a UNLV punt on the bounce at his own 24-yard line and took it down the sideline and into the end zone to extend Wyoming's lead to 16 points at 30-14. It was McNeill's first career punt return for a touchdown, and was the first punt return for a TD by a Cowboy since Josh Barge returned a punt for a touchdown against Ole Miss on Sept. 25, 2004.
McNeill had a total of three punt returns against UNLV for 91 yards. While he hasn't returned enough punts this year to qualify for national rankings, his current 17.4 yard average on punt returns would rank him ninth in the nation. A punt returner must average 1.20 punt returns per game to qualify for the national rankings. McNeill is currently averaging 0.83 returns per game.