Colquitt cops SEC honor

Punter Dustin Colquitt captured Tennesee's first Southeastern Conference Player of the Week honors of the season following a banner performance in the Vols' 34-24 victory over Marshall Saturday.

Colquitt, a 6-2, 196-pound junior from Knoxville and a Bearden High School graduate, twice pinned Marshall inside the five-yard line and averaged 50.8 yards for the day, with four punts for 203 yards. He hit a season-long 63-yarder, just five yards shy of his career-best 68-yard punt against Miami in 2002.

The preseason All-SEC pick is the league punting leader after two games, averaging 47.1 yards on eight kicks, nearly 4.5 yards better than any other conference punter. Colquitt, one of three Ray Guy Award finalists last season, averaged 43.6 yards per punt in 2002, the sixth-best mark in school history.

Tennessee (2-0) has an open date this weekend and returns to action Sept. 20 with its SEC opener at the University of Florida.

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