KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Senior running back and kick return specialist Brandon West became the Mid-American Conference record holder for career all-purpose yards and career kick return yards this past weekend with 237 all-purpose and 51 kick return yards against Hofstra. He surpassed Travis Prentice who compiled 6,111 yards during his career with Miami (1996-99) for the all-purpose yards mark and Trumaine Riley who had 2,541 for Eastern Michigan, for the kick return yards record.
West entered the game against the Pride with 5,970 career all-purpose yards, which ranked fifth all-time behind Prentice, Michael Turner (6,038), Garrett Wolfe (5,983) and Erik Wilkerson (5,974). His ninth career game with over 200 all-purpose yards allowed the Brunswick, Ga., native to leap frog this group to the top of the list. He entered the game in second all-time with 2,498 kick return yards and his 51 on two kick returns were enough to eclipse Riley. West now holds the record with 2,549 career kick return yards.
The senior entered the 2009 campaign already holding the career, season and game WMU records for all-purpose and kick return yards, setting the two Bronco career marks through three seasons in the Brown & Gold. West is currently second on the MAC list for career kick returns with 100. He is 30 behind Riley who compiled 130 from 2003-06 for the Eagles.
West is also the NCAA's career record holder for all-purpose and kick return yards, as well as career kick returns among active players.