KNOXVILLE (WVLT) -- STATEMENT REGARDING BRITTON COLQUITT'S ARREST FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE
University of Tennessee Head Football Coach Phillip Fulmer announced Sunday that senior punter Britton Colquitt will be suspended for the first five games of the season for a violation of team rules.
“I’m very disappointed that Britton doesn’t appreciate the blessings he has been given from his family and his team,” said Fulmer. “Along with the five game suspension, I am taking his scholarship away and he will be required to undergo alcohol counseling as well as other internal punishments.”
KNOXVILLE (WVLT) -- Another University of Tennessee football player is in trouble with the law.
Knoxville Police confirm that early Sunday morning, Tennessee punter Britton Colquitt was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident.
According to KPD spokesman Darrell DeBusk, an SUV driven by Colquitt crashed in to a car on Jackson Avenue around 3:00 AM, and then fled the scene.
Minutes later, officers spotted the SUV on Gil Avenue and pulled it over.
Officers noted in their report that the red shirt junior smelled of alcohol, had blood shot eyes, slurred speech and he staggered when he walked.
He also preformed poorly on a field sobriety test.
Colquitt then admitted that he had consumed two beers and three mixed drinks, and that he had hit the car on Jackson.
Officers took him in to custody and charged him with driving under the influence and leaving the scene of a crash.
He was taken to the Knox County Jail and later released around 9:00 AM when he posted bond.
The arrest wasn’t Colquitt’s first alcohol related issue while at UT.
Coach Fulmer suspended him from the team in 2004 after the then red shirt freshman was cited by police for drinking.
The city later dismissed those charges.
We contacted the university, but there has still been no official word on any action from the athletic department.
A statement could be made on Monday.
Since the Outback Bowl on New Years Day, eight UT football players have gotten in trouble with the law.