Troy 64: Who Is The Greatest Special Teams Player of All-Time?

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With voting well underway for the quarterback, receiver and defensive back regions, it’s time to open up the polls for the group of special teams players.

Legendary running back Anthony Davis holds the No. 1 seed and Mario Danelo rounds out the section, with a pair of receivers and a punter in between.

No. 1 Anthony Davis

Well known for his success in carrying the ball out of the backfield, Davis also served as a weapon on special teams. USC went 31-2-2 with Davis on the team, winning two national titles, in 1972 and 1974. Davis racked up 1,361 yards in kickoff returns over three seasons as a Trojan.

Nicknamed “AD”, Davis set two Pac-10 career kickoff return records and one NCAA season kickoff return record.

Davis also took home the Voit trophy in 1972 and 1974, which was awarded to the outstanding football player on the Pacific Coast by West Coast football writers.


No. 8 Mario Danelo

The late kicker wasn’t an All-American at USC, nor was he among the top kickers in the nation. But he is a record holder on one of USC’s most storied teams and his ‘Living the Dream’ mantra led to the program’s Special Teams Player of the Year award being re-named in his honor.

Danelo won the award along with Kaluka Maiava in 2005 and set an NCAA record for the most extra points made and attempted in a season, going 83-for-86.

Troy64: Anthony Davis vs. Mario Danleo

  • Anthony Davis (91%, 72 Votes)
  • Mario Danelo (9%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 79

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