A tale of two kickers

Tennessee kicker James Wilhoit couldn't be more solidly entrenched in Phil Fulmer's good graces, while punter Britton Colquitt couldn't be more solidly entrenched in Fulmer's doghouse.

The reason? The former put on a show in last Saturday's scrimmage, while the latter was a no-show.

Wilhoit nailed six of seven field goal tries. He also punted 15 times for a 35.1-yard average.

"He's had an outstanding spring," Fulmer said following Tuesday's practice at Haslam Field. The coach was particularly impressed with a couple of kicks he told Wilhoit to approach as potential game-winners in overtime. Wilhoit made both, sending one of them through the uprights from 47 yards out with nearly 10 yards to spare.

"You don't even have to see a good kick; you can hear it," Fulmer noted, grinning broadly. "And he punted really well Saturday."

Although James Wilhoit was a standout punter in high school, he had been utilized exclusively as a kicker at UT … until Britton Colquitt failed to show up last Saturday.

"Britton pulled a hamstring and didn't sleep very well … something like that … some lame excuse," Fulmer said. "He overslept, then was too embarrassed to come late. You don't let one mistake cause another one. He is paying his dues."

Those dues include a significant amount of penalty running. Asked if Colquitt will be punting in Saturday's Orange & White game, Fulmer grinned smugly.

"I'm hopeful he'll be back for the game … if he's finished running by then," the coach deadpanned. "Or rolling … since he can't run."

INJURY UPDATE: Defensive tackle Demonte Bolden, who suffered a head injury in Saturday's scrimmage, was back at practice Tuesday. Defensive end Walter Fisher, who suffered a shoulder injury, will have an MRI that will determine whether or not he can participate on Saturday.

Inside Tennessee Top Stories