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

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No. 2 Tom Malone

Malone earned All-American honors during his sophomore season of 2003. During that season, Malone would have led the nation in punting if it weren’t for being five punts shy of qualifying.

56 of Malone’s 185 career punts were for 50 yards and 95 of them pinned opponents inside their 20-yard line. Malone never average less than 40 yards a punt during his four seasons at USC, his high mark of 49.0 coming in 2003 and his lowest total, 41.7 coming in his senior season.

For good measure, Malone also served as the holder on extra-point attempts.


No. 7 Mike Battle

Battle led the Trojans with 219 punt return yards in 1966. He increased that number to 608 yards in 1967, which was most in the NCAA. He set a USC record with 99 punt returns and is second on USC’s list of punt return yards with 1,014.

The Trojans made two Rose Bowl appearances while Battle was a Trojan, one of which came in 1967, when the Trojans defeated Purdue to claim a national title. Battle also won a Rose Bowl game with the Trojans in 1968.

Troy64: Tom Malone vs. Mike Battle

  • Tom Malone (54%, 41 Votes)
  • Mike Battle (46%, 35 Votes)

Total Voters: 76

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