Jet Award

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Jet Award
Given for the top return specialist in college football
Country United States
First award 2011
Most recent Adoree' Jackson, 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]

Legacy winners[edit]

Year Winner School
1959 Billy Cannon LSU
1960 Pat Fischer Nebraska
1961 Paul Allen BYU
1970 Joe Washington Oklahoma
1974 Rick Upchurch Minnesota


  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.