Colquitt cops SEC honor again

For the second time in three games, Dustin Colquitt has punted his way to SEC Special Teams Player of the Week honors.

The junior from Knoxville averaged a career high 51.7 yards per punt on seven attempts to help Tennessee to a 23-20 overtime victory over South Carolina Saturday at Neyland Stadium. In addition to his five punts of 50 yards or more -- another career best -- Colquitt placed four of his boots inside the 20-yard line, with three of those settling inside the 5.

"Dustin won the game (Saturday)," head coach Phillip Fulmer said. "We had field position and, because of our punter, they didn't. The award they give the punter, the Ray Guy Award, he deserves it after this performance."

Colquitt stands currently as the SEC's leading punter with a 49.2-yard average. He leads second-place Eric Wilbur (43.6) of Florida by an average of 5.6 yards per punt and in Division I-A trails only Southern California's Tom Malone (49.6) by four-tenths of a point. The Vols also are second nationally in net punting with a 45.0-yard team average, trailing only Air Force at 45.1.

Tallying his three-year numbers to date, Colquitt stands second on UT's punting list with a career 43.0-yard average that trails only his cousin, Jimmy (43.9), and is just ahead of his father, Craig (42.5).

"Without question the name Colquitt rings in the ears of Tennessee fans for their great punting," Fulmer said. "I can't remember seeing a better example of punting and playing field position than Saturday's game against South Carolina. Tennessee fans will remember it for a long time."

Colquitt's numbers the last three games are impressive. He holds a 50.5-yard average during that stretch and has placed nine of 17 punts inside the 20, with seven stopping inside the 10 and four inside the 5. He has nine punts of 50 yards or more, including three of 60+ yards.

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