Now consider the glut of walk-ons who eventually became excellent punters for the Vols:
- Ron Widby, signed to a basketball scholarship, walked on with the football program in 1963 and earned All-America honors as a punter in 1966. He went on to enjoy a seven-year career in the National Football League.
- Craig Colquitt won the job as a sophomore walk-on in '75 and left three years later as the career leader in punting average at 42.6 yards per kick. A third-round pick in the 1978 NFL Draft, he spent seven productive years with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
- Dale Schneitman handled the punting chores in '78, averaging a solid 40.3 yards.
- Bob Garmon won the punting job as a walk-on in 1985, held the post for three years and currently stands ninth on the career list with a 40.6-yard average.
- Joey Chapman handled the punting chores in 1990 and distinguished himself with a solid 41.9-yard average that year.
- Tom Hutton won the punting job as a walk-on in 1991 and kept it for four years. He averaged 40.7 yards per kick – seventh on UT's all-time list – then spent five years in the NFL.
- Senior walk-on Chris Hogue beat out scholarship freshman David Leaverton for the punting chores in 1994 and averaged a credible 39.4 yards per kick that season.
- Dustin Colquitt, Craig's oldest son, was overlooked by college recruiters after punting for just one year in high school. He walked on at UT in 2001, however, beat out the afore-mentioned Justin Reed and left four years later with a 42.6 career average that ranks second in program history. A third-round selection in the 2005 NFL Draft, he is soon to begin his third season with the Kansas City Chiefs.
After spending a year as a walk-on linebacker prospect at Baylor University, he decided to give punting a try. Sepulveda wound up setting NCAA records for career punting average (45.24 yards) and punts of 50 yards or more (94). He was the first punter selected in the 2007 NFL Draft, being tabbed by the Pittsburgh Steelers in Round 4.