Jarrett Lee of LSU threw an interception last Saturday that was returned for a touchdown by Tulane’s Travis Burks. That makes three Lee interceptions returned for touchdown in the last two weeks. Georgia’s Darryl Gamble returned two of Lee’s passes for touchdown the previous week.
In eight games this season, Lee has thrown ten interceptions and five of them have been returned for a touchdown, which leads the nation. Four quarterbacks are tied for second this season with three interceptions returned for touchdown.
Players with the most total interceptions returned for touchdown since 2005 (* denotes active players):
|Player||Team||Pass Att.||Pass Int.||Ret. for TD|
|Leon Jackson III||Utah State||610||17||7|
|*Rudy Carpenter||Arizona State||1196||33||6|
|Clint Marks||Middle Tennessee||581||16||5|
|*Giovanni Vizza||North Texas||775||31||5|
|Bret Meyer||Iowa State||1125||35||5|
|Matt Ryan||Boston College||1275||34||5|
|*Chase Holbrook||New Mexico State||1393||38||5|
|*Graham Harrell||Texas Tech||1798||30||5|
Lee has some good company on this list, including Heisman contenders Colt McCoy and Graham Harrell, and first-round NFL draft pick Matt Ryan. But those three players each have over 1000 pass attempts during this timeframe while Lee has only 189. In fact, the player on the list with the 2nd-fewest pass attempts (Enderle – 580) has over three times as many attempts as Lee. Senior Rudy Carpenter of Arizona State is the active FBS leader with six interceptions returned for touchdown.