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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee punter Britton Colquitt has been suspended for the Vols' first five games of the 2008 season following his weekend arrest on charges of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident.

Colquitt, 22, also was stripped of his scholarship, Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer said in a statement Sunday.

According to the Knox County Judicial Commissioner's Office, Colquitt hit a parked car early Sunday morning and then fled the scene. According to police reports, when officers stopped Colquitt, he admitted to drinking and driving as well as to hitting the car and a tree stump.

Police said Colquitt smelled strongly of alcohol, his speech was slurred and he was staggering.

The accident caused more than $400 in damage.

"I'm very disappointed that Britton doesn't appreciate the blessings he has been given from his family and his team," Fulmer said in the statement. "He will be required to undergo alcohol counseling as well as other internal punishments."

Colquitt posted bond and has a hearing scheduled for March 5. Attempts to reach him on Sunday through the university were unsuccessful, The Tennessean of Nashville said.

Colquitt, who decided to return to Tennessee for his senior year and not to enter the NFL draft, was suspended from the team as a freshman in 2004 when he faced multiple alcohol-related charges stemming from several incidents. He was reinstated later in the year after he pleaded no contest to a charge of underage alcohol consumption.

A judge sentenced him to nearly a year of probation and Colquitt was required to complete a youth alcohol program, pay court costs and stay out of trouble to keep his record clean. He also pleaded guilty to two more underage consumption charges.

A fourth charge of underage consumption and one for driving under the influence were dismissed.

Colquitt, younger brother of All-America punter Dustin Colquitt, is the fourth member of his family to punt at Tennessee.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report

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afoster9482 (2/19/2008)
I wonder if he can enter the Supplemental Draft now? Colquitt must be an absolute idiot. Fulmer should have gone ahead and kicked him off the team for good.

I dont think he would have a chance of being drafted in the suplemental draft. Last year there was only 2 guys drafted in it, and they were both thought to be potential first round guys.

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afoster9482 (2/19/2008)
I wonder if he can enter the Supplemental Draft now? Colquitt must be an absolute idiot. Fulmer should have gone ahead and kicked him off the team for good.

Not sure there.. IMO he would be stupid to hang around.. At this point he should try to go supplemental. You never know if a team will take a late flyer on ya.

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afoster9482 (2/19/2008)
I wonder if he can enter the Supplemental Draft now? Colquitt must be an absolute idiot. Fulmer should have gone ahead and kicked him off the team for good.

Not sure there.. IMO he would be stupid to hang around.. At this point he should try to go supplemental. You never know if a team will take a late flyer on ya.

That's true. Even if he isn't picked, he could probably catch on with a team whose punter struggles or gets injured. If he has any sense, he'll continue practicing, go to rehab and try to improve himself. With his actions, he hasn't proved to anyone that he has any sense at all though.

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I think this was a move by Fulmer out of respect and consideration for the Colquitt family. I agree with most saying that Britton should've been "punted" from the team...the 5 game suspension will definitely hurt, both him and us, because his punting is such a weapon...but the fact that he'll be punting for free when returns, is a pretty bold punishment. IMO, it allows him the opportunity to save face...if he chooses to remain with the team, he'll have to pay for his right to play, which could be used to show that he's learning to respect the game, the team, and his school, and is willing to literally pay the price. Or, this could be a way to get him to quit the team, without neccesarily humiliating his family any further, by kicking him off of it.

It's a sensitive area for Coach Fulmer. The Colquitts are legacies on Rocky Top...He has to be tough on him, but at the same time, he doesn't want to further embarrass a family that before now, has been nothing but revered....it be like punishing a future member of the Bailey family at UGA, should another one ever attend there and get into trouble...

But I do believe that 5 mistakes of a similar nature are way too many "2nd chances"...but I'm not the coach, and I wouldn't want to have to deal with this situation...

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Ton80Kid (2/21/2008)
I think this was a move by Fulmer out of respect and consideration for the Colquitt family. I agree with most saying that Britton should've been "punted" from the team...the 5 game suspension will definitely hurt, both him and us, because his punting is such a weapon...but the fact that he'll be punting for free when returns, is a pretty bold punishment. IMO, it allows him the opportunity to save face...if he chooses to remain with the team, he'll have to pay for his right to play, which could be used to show that he's learning to respect the game, the team, and his school, and is willing to literally pay the price. Or, this could be a way to get him to quit the team, without neccesarily humiliating his family any further, by kicking him off of it.

It's a sensitive area for Coach Fulmer. The Colquitts are legacies on Rocky Top...He has to be tough on him, but at the same time, he doesn't want to further embarrass a family that before now, has been nothing but revered....it be like punishing a future member of the Bailey family at UGA, should another one ever attend there and get into trouble...

But I do believe that 5 mistakes of a similar nature are way too many "2nd chances"...but I'm not the coach, and I wouldn't want to have to deal with this situation...

This was only his 2nd team violation since being on the UT football team.

There's not a team in the SEC that would dismiss a player for his 2nd offense.

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jdu00743 (2/21/2008)

This was only his 2nd team violation since being on the UT football team.

There's not a team in the SEC that would dismiss a player for his 2nd offense.

I understand that it wasn his 2nd team violation...but it's was also the 2nd time the team has had to discipline him, with the first time he was disciplined being a suspension from the team, after pleading guilty to numerous alcohol related crimes...now 3 years later, he's repeating the same mistakes, and IMO, the 2nd punishment needed to be dismissal from the team. If you're going to lead out with a suspension because you believe that the offense is egregious that it warrants a suspension for a first offense, than you need to stay consistent in terms of harshness of punishemt. If a first offense is suspension, than a 2nd should be dismissal. Just my opinion...

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