There have been 16 players nationally that have returned five punts or more for touchdown in their college careers this millennium. Switzer only needed a span of five games to reach that threshold, totaling 408 yards and five touchdowns on 13 returns (31.4 ypr).
To put that late-season stretch into perspective, Bosley Allen owned the previous school record for most punt return yards in a season with 421 in 2000.
The All-American not only demolished Allen's record with 502 punt return yards, but he also set the ACC record for punt returns for touchdown in a season and the UNC record for punt returns for touchdown in a career, passing Charlie Justice and Johnny Branch.
Switzer (20.9 ypr) currently ranks second all-time in NCAA history in career punt return average, trailing Oklahoma's Jack Mitchell (23.6 ypr in '46-48).
The Charleston, West Va. product also tied the NCAA record for consecutive games with punt returns for touchdown (3) set by Kansas State's David Allen in 1998.
Switzer's five punt returns for touchdown tied the NCAA single-season mark, set in 2004 by Hawaii's Chad Owens.
When asked recently what he could for an encore, Switzer replied: "Probably go for six."
Confidence comes in strong doses for the 5-foot-10, 175-pounder, although his aforementioned accolades qualify his frank declarations.
"I'm going to get the all-time record," Switzer said, refering to the NCAA record (8) for career punt returns for touchdown. "I'm four away from breaking it, so I'm not really worried about that. It's going to come…
"My personal goal would be to get six in a season because I want the record to myself. If I get six next season, then I smash the record, so that would be something else."
Switzer's level of immediate success is undoubtedly rare, which brings into question whether or not teams will even kick to him in 2014. He doesn't seem too worried about that possibility.
"When I know that a team has to prepare for me individually, it means something," Switzer said. "It means that you're worth something. Other teams are going to do what they're going to do. Cincinnati had a whole month to prepare for us and they still ended up having to kick me the ball. I'm going to get some punts. I'm not worried about that."
Switzer's 86-yard punt return for touchdown in the third quarter against the Bearcats in the Belk Bowl was the longest of his short career and fourth-longest in school history.
Switzer is hoping to expand his return game this fall. While he specialized in punt returns last season, he was not a factor in UNC's kick return game. Fellow sophomore T.J. Logan headlined that group, becoming the second player in school history to return two kickoffs for touchdown in a season (Brandon Tate, ‘06).
"Coach [Larry] Fedora really likes me at punt return, but I figure they're going to start kicking away from T.J., too, because he's returned two," Switzer said. "So if they put us both back there, they're going to have to pick one. It'd be smart."
As good as Switzer has proven to be as a returner, he was brought in as an ideal fit at the A-back position in Fedora's offense. Switzer caught 32 passes for 341 yards and three touchdowns, despite not earning a start.
Special teams exploits aside, rounding out his game is his primary emphasis this spring.
"My goal is to continue to get better as a wideout," Switzer said. "With a full year of experience, the difference from last year to this upcoming season is going to be phenomenal. I'm looking forward to showing what I've worked on in the offseason."