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UMHB’s K.J. Miller breaks NCAA D-III punt return yardage record against Austin College

Above photo of K.J. Miller (No. 7) by Russell Marwitz/True To The Cru/

BELTON- D-III football has a new leader in career punt return yardage. And he is a Crusader. 

UMHB’s K.J. Miller broke the previous record of 1,550 yards, set by Muhlenberg’s Joshua Carter in 2001, during the Cru’s 38-7 victory over Austin College on Saturday afternoon. The native of Orange, Texas returned two punts for 65 yards in the win, including a 49-yard return just before halftime. 

Miller has now totaled 1,585 punt return yards in four seasons with the Crusaders, returning 65 punts over the course of 36 games. His average per return is 23.4 yards, and six of his punt returns have gone for touchdowns, leaving him just one score shy of the program’s career record of seven. 

K.J. Miller runs upfield against Austin College (Photo: Russell Marwitz/True To The Cru/

As a wide receiver, he is also nearing a number of other notable marks. With his fourth receiving touchdown of the season against AC, he is now just eight receiving touchdowns away from the UMHB career record of 29. And his 55 receiving yards on five receptions moved him within 75 yards of third place in that stat category in program history. 

Riley Zayas
Riley Zayas founded True To The Cru in November of 2020 with the goal to cover the stories behind the score and give UMHB fans a closer look at the Cru while promoting the student-athletes and coaches that wear the purple and gold every day. He is also a national contributor to and, in addition to serving as a D3 women's basketball Top 25 voter. His byline has also been seen in: Sports Illustrated Kids, Horns Illustrated, College Baseball Nation, and FCA Williamson County. Follow him on Twitter @ZayasRiley.

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