Colquitt rated No. 20
Britton Colquitt

Posted Jul 15, 2006

After just one season at the collegiate level, Tennessee Volunteers sophomore Britton Colquitt is rated the No. 20 punter in the NCAA. That’s the word from the popular website,

Colquitt punted 59 times for a 41.2-yard average as a freshman in 2005 with 19 kicks downed inside the 20-yard line. He produced his best punt, a booming 64-yarder, against nationally ranked Notre Dame. He banged a 61-yarder against eventual SEC champ Georgia and booted a 54-yarder against arch-rival Florida.

Still, Colquitt’s best outing of 2005 may have come against South Carolina. He averaged just 37.7 yards that evening but three of his punts were downed inside the Gamecocks’ 5-yard line.

Britton Colquitt improved as the season wore on. He posted his two best per-game averages in the last two games – 46.7 yards on six vs. Vanderbilt in Game 10 and 44.2 on four punts vs. Kentucky in Game 11.

Still, ranks three SEC punters ahead of Colquitt. Florida’s Eric Wilbur is rated No. 3, Auburn’s Kody Bliss No. 5 and Mississippi State’s Blake McAdams No. 18.

Bliss led all SEC punters with a 44.9-yard average last fall. Wilbur averaged 41.7 and McAdams 41.9.

Georgia’s Brandon Coutu is rated No. 2 among NCAA place-kickers by after nailing 23 of 29 attempts last season (79.3 percent). Tennessee’s James Wilhoit did not make the website’s top 20, although he hit 14 of 19 (73.7 percent) last fall.

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