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Darius Reynaud Ties NFL Record with Two Punt Return Touchdowns in Game

Posted by Gary Glenn on December 30, 2012 – 5:10 pm

Darius ReynaudDarius Reynaud had already displayed his big-play ability during a dominating preseason and in Tennessee’s Week 3 win against Detroit with a franchise-record 105-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

The Titans’ dynamic return man was at it again on Sunday, returning a pair of punts for touchdowns in Tennessee’s 38-20 season-ending victory over the Jaguars.

Reynaud gave the Titans a 21-14 lead late in the first half on on a 69-yard punt return for a touchdown, the first punt return for a TD in his career.

Then, two minutes into the third quarter, he scored again on an 81-yard punt return, giving the Titans a 28-14 advantage.

Reynaud, who credited his blockers for both scores, set the franchise record and tied the NFL record with two punt return touchdowns in the same game. Only 13 NFL players had previously accomplished the feat, most recently Reggie Bush on Oct. 6, 2008.

“It feels good knowing where I came from. I never thought this would happen,” Reynaud said after the game. “I’m glad that it happened in the last game of the season just to give those fans something to look forward to for next year.”

Reynaud now has three total career touchdowns, and should certainly be in the mix for his same role next season.


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Reynaud on Pace to Challenge Kickoff Return Record

Posted by Gary Glenn on December 6, 2012 – 3:28 pm

TitansIn his first season with the Titans, returner Darius Reynaud is on pace to finish the season with the second-highest kickoff return total in franchise history.

Reynaud’s 42 total kickoff returns are the second-most in the NFL this season, behind only the 44 returns by the New York Giants’ David Wilson.

Reynaud is on pace to return 56 kickoffs, which would rank second in franchise history behind Marc Mariani’s 60 in 2010.

As a team, the Titans have returned 48 of their opponents’ 76 kickoffs this year, up considerably from 2011, the first year the NFL moved kickoffs up from the 30-yard line to the 35-yard line.

In conjunction with the change, the Titans’ kickoff returns fell from 64 in 2010 (on 86 opponents’ kickoffs) to 32 in 2011 (on 75 opponents’ kickoffs).

Most kickoff returns in a season, franchise history:

60 – Marc Mariani (2010 season) – 1,530 yards (25.5 avg) – 1 TD
54 – Mel Gray (1995 season) – 1,183 yards (22.3 avg)
50 – Mel Gray (1996 season) – 1,224 yards (24.5 avg)
50 – Bobby Wade (2006 season) – 1,194 yards (23.9 avg)
45 – Bobby Jancik (1963 season) – 1,317 yards (29.3 avg)
43 – Adam Jones (2005 season) – 1,127 yards (26.2 avg)
42 – Mike Archie (1998 season) – 913 yards (21.7 avg)
42 – Derrick Mason (2000 season) – 1,132 yards (27.0 avg)
42 – * Darius Reynaud (2012 season) – 1,031 yards (24.5 avg) – 1 TD

* Four games remaining in 2012 season; on pace for 56 kickoff returns


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Reynaud’s Franchise-Record 105-Yard TD Return Ties Game at 27

Posted by Gary Glenn on September 23, 2012 – 2:49 pm

After Detroit took a 27-20 lead on Nate Burleson’s 3-yard touchdown pass and two-point coversion, Darius Reynaud fielded the ensuing kickoff five yards deep and returned it a franchise-record 105 yards for a touchdown, tying the game at 27 with 6:41 remaining at LP Field.

Reynaud’s touchdown was set up by a crushing block by rookie tight end Taylor Thompson.

In addition to being his first career touchdown, it was the longest play in franchise history. Previously, the longest kickoff return and the longest play was a 104-yard kickoff return by Ken Hall against the New York Titans on Oct. 23, 1960.


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Music City Miracle Revisited at LP Field

Posted by Gary Glenn on September 23, 2012 – 12:40 pm

Titans fans just witnessed the second coming of the “Music City Miracle.”

With Detroit facing 4th-and-5 at its own 25-yard line, Ben Graham booted a 38-yard punt that Darius Reynaud fielded at Tennessee’s 37-yard line. Reynaud took two steps back and fired a pass across the field to a wide-open Tommie Campbell, who raced 65 yards down the right sideline and into the end zone for a 10-7 Titans lead late in the first quarter at LP Field.

You can watch the replay right here!

The play was reminiscent of Frank Wycheck’s lateral across the field to Kevin Dyson during Tennessee’s infamous “Music City Miracle” victory over Buffalo in the 1999 AFC Wild Card game here at this very same stadium.

It was Campbell’s second career touchdown. As a rookie in 2011, Campbell scored on a reverse off of a kickoff return in a victory against Tampa Bay.


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Reynaud Turns in Another Eye-Opening Performance

Posted by Gary Glenn on August 17, 2012 – 9:28 pm

Darius Reynaud turned in another eye-opening performance for the Titans.

A week after scoring a pair of touchdowns in Tennessee’s preseason opener at Seattle, the running back  was at it again Friday night in Tampa Bay, rushing seven times for 75 yards, returning two punts for 49 yards, including a 35-yarder, and one kickoff for 42 yards.

Reynaud, signed as a free agent in January, is making a strong case for making this team.

“That’s how you have to make it,” Reynaud said. “My situation where I came from I have to take advantage of the opportunities that I get. So far, so good, but It doesn’t stop here. We have two more preseason games, so I just want to finish off on a good note.”


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Reynaud Making Early Impression in Preseason

Posted by Gary Glenn on August 11, 2012 – 11:44 pm

Running back Darius Reynaud is making an early impression in the preseason.

Signed as a free agent in January, Reynaud scampered 21 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter, pulling the Titans within 17-10. Later in the period he fielded a punt at Tennessee’s 15-yard line and raced 85 yards into the end zone, tying the game at 17.

Not a bad start for a player currently listed fifth (last) on Tennessee’s depth chart at running back.

Prior to his arrival in Tennessee, the 5-foot-9-inch, 201-pounder spent time with the Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants, playing in 23 regular season games and two postseason games with no starts.

Reynaud, an experienced return specialist who has lined up at running back and wide receiver in his first three seasons, has returned 53 punts for 440 yards (8.3-yard avg.) with a long of 36 and 18 fair catches. He has also returned 33 kickoffs for 677 yards (20.5-yard avg.) with a long of 49.

On Monday, he spoke to reporters about his chances of making the team.


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