Colquitt arrested

Tennessee football players continue to show up with alarming regularity on the Knoxville police blotter.

The latest, punter Britton Colquitt, is a repeat offender. He was arrested in the wee hours of Sunday morning on charges of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident. Released on bond at around 9 a.m., he now faces a March 5 hearing in General Sessions Court.

Colquitt, 22, reportedly hit a parked Ford Focus on Jackson Avenue at 2:56 Sunday morning while driving a 1998 Jeep Cherokee. He then fled the scene, only to be arrested shortly thereafter on Gill Avenue.

Colquitt admitted to consuming two beers and three mixed drinks, hitting a parked car and hitting a tree stump.

Police noted a strong odor of alcohol, bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. They also said Colquitt performed poorly on a field sobriety test.

A son of former Vol punter Craig Colquitt and younger brother of former Vol punter Dustin Colquitt, Britton Colquitt signed with Tennessee in 2003 after a standout career at Bearden High School in Knoxville.

Before he could enroll at UT, however, he was twice cited for underage consumption and once for an on-campus DUI. His penance reportedly included community service, counseling and meeting with a probation officer. He reportedly was suspended from the Vol football team in the spring of '04.

Colquitt apparently had no run-ins with the law from the spring of 2004 until this morning's incident – a span of nearly four years.

A consensus first-team All-SEC pick in 2006, he averaged 44.9 yards per punt as a sophomore that season. His average dipped to 41.6 yards as a junior 2007. He was expected to be a preseason All-American heading into the 2008 season.

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