Norfleet Not Concerned With Return Record

Junior Dennis Norfleet says he isn't worried about breaking U-M's all-time KR yardage record this Saturday versus Penn State.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Junior duel-threat return specialist Dennis Norfleet is close to becoming Michigan’s all-time career kick return yardage leader this Saturday versus Penn State – and he could care less.

He says he’s got wins to worry about -- not records.

“To be honest with you, I really didn’t think about it that way,” Norfleet said. “I’m really [not] thinking about my return record right now. Just worrying about the team and trying to get a W. That’s the only thing that on my mind and that on our mind right now.”

Currently, Norfleet holds the U-M record with 84 career returns, he is second all-time in return yards with 1,977 yards averaging 23.5 yards per return. Norfleet is 16 yards away from passing Steve Breaston’s record of 1,993 yards.

“Returning, yeah, I’m going well,” Norfleet said. “but the team is falling, and we need to pick it up. That’s something I’m worried about.”

And when Norfleet does pass Breaston in the record, he says all the credit goes to his blockers up front on the kickoff team.

“For one, it don’t start with me, it start with the blocking in front of me,” Norfeet said. “I depend on the guys that block, and I respect them all a lot. Because who wanted to go block for somebody else to run. I take my hat off to my teammates, the guys blocking in front of me, you know, to do my job.”

Michigan (2-4, 0-2 Big Ten) next plays host to Penn State (4-1, 1-0) this Saturday night for “Under The Lights III” at 7 p.m., for U-M’s third ever home night contest.

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