UPDATE: Colquitt suspended five games by Coach Fulmer

By: Nick Bona
By: Nick Bona


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.

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  • by obat Carter on Feb 19, 2008 at 09:12 AM
    Have mercy, a 5 game suspension for dui....what punishment...get real Fulmer and get some control, get discipline...this is not a slap on the wrist
  • by Douglas Location: Knoxville on Feb 19, 2008 at 05:56 AM
    Even though my blood runs Orange and has my whole life.Even though my dad was a Professor at UT for nearly 40yrs. Even though we have had same seats (what used to be called horse-shoe bend)-(south-endzone)for 30 yrs.,even though I walked the stands as a boy (now 50yrs old)selling cokes,even though I am proud of Phil Fulmers tremendous success at UT,I am now saddened to say that the management of the football program has turned in a direction that is not condusive to UTs values and traditions.In my opinion this is not a mere hiccup,it has developed into a major bellyache or ulcer.Not because of poor coaching,but poor leadership and DISCIPLINE. It is time for a change,beginning at the top.
  • by evelina Location: home on Feb 18, 2008 at 04:53 PM
  • by Anne Location: Campbell County on Feb 18, 2008 at 03:17 PM
    It would be interesting to know if Colquitt has participated in a program like Celebrate Recovery. Since his last encounter with alcohol issues, it would have made a world of difference to have a sponsor and accountabiity partner to help him make it through the rough spots. I personally would like to see him join this recovery group and become a role model for hundreds of thousands of young people and adults who love and support his young man.
  • by Joe Location: Morristown on Feb 18, 2008 at 07:07 AM
    Fulmer definitely has some enemies. ESPN and other media persons are quick to condemn UT. However, Penn St. kicks a few off the team, Fla. has some troubles, and not so much is made of it. The agent/money trouble @ USC seems to have faded. It seems to me that you can take money, spy on other teams, or take HGH, but don't drink a beer if you play for the Big Orange. News media can falsely report information and nothing is done. I will say someone has a definite problem though with the multiple DUI's, but the coaches ain't these players parents. They (the coaches) set good enough examples to follow. It comes down to the responsibility of the players. But also what a world full of hypocrites we live in and the ones that seem to holler the loudest condemning Coach Fulmer, never played a down of football in their life.
  • by Robert Location: Maryville on Feb 17, 2008 at 08:26 PM
    When is this nonsense with our football team going to stop. They are making a mockery of the UT Sports program. Apparently the punishments have not been severe enough to get through to the players. Perhaps expulsion from the team and loss of Scholorships might awaken them.
  • by Rick Location: Knoxville on Feb 17, 2008 at 07:17 PM
    How is it when a U.T. player gets arrested it's all over the news? Do reporters for channel 8 get posted when they are arrested?


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