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Trevon Diggs believes Jaylen Waddle is the best punt returner ‘ever’ in college football

Cedric Mason - Touchdown Alabama Magazine

He plays against the best talent in the Southeastern Conference and faces it every day in practice for Alabama football, so Trevon Diggs knows greatness when he sees it. 

The senior cornerback from Maryland saw a post on Twitter, referencing his teammate – Jaylen Waddle – as the best punt returner in college football.

His average of 24.95 (25) yards per punt return led the nation and he totaled 474 yards with one touchdown on 19 attempts this season. 

Waddle’s score came on a 77-yard return versus LSU at Bryant-Denny Stadium. 

RELATED: Alabama WR Jaylen Waddle named SEC Special Teams Player of the Year

Not only was he named SEC’s Special Teams Player of the Year, but Diggs also believes that Waddle is the best punt returner ‘ever’ in the sport.

Of course, this has caused a small debate on social media.

Some people feel the crown should go to Devin Hester and in terms of Alabama, individuals have the idea of it going to either Javier Arenas or Cyrus Jones.  

The trio of Hester (four), Arenas (seven) and Jones (four) all had more touchdowns than Waddle (two) in their careers; however, the native Texan has a better average on punt returns.  

His mark of 19.8 in two seasons is higher than Hester’s (15.6), Arenas’ (14.0) and Jones’ (13.6), despite Arenas setting the career mark for scores (seven) all-time at Alabama.

It is definitely a fun conversation to have, but Diggs will remain to his thought of Waddle being the best ever. 

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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