The Vol senior also led the SEC in kick scoring. In addition to his 17 field goals, he nailed 41 of 42 point-after conversions. That gave him 92 points, an average of 7.7 per game. Auburn's John Vaughn was second with 89 points and a 7.4 average.
Moreover, Wilhoit did an outstanding job on kickoffs. Better than half of his kicks (36 of 71) resulted in touchbacks.
Colquitt put 16 punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line (with just four touchbacks) and had eight of his kicks fair-caught. Thanks to his booming punts, Tennessee ranked third in the SEC and 16th nationally in net punting at 37.5 yards per kick.
No wonder head coach Phillip Fulmer recently noted: "We are very blessed to have two of the best guys in the country, in my opinion, in Britton Colquitt and James Wilhoit."
Tennessee also got solid play from its kickoff coverage unit. The Vols ranked third among SEC teams in net kickoff average at 43.2 yards. Basically, this means UT foes' average starting field position was their own 22-yard line.
The Vols also distinguished themselves on punt returns. Hefney averaged 12.8 yards per runback, which ranked third among SEC return specialists.
Now for the bad news:
- Tennessee ranked dead last among the 12 SEC teams and next-to-last nationally (118th) in kickoff returns. The Vols averaged a meager 15.9 yards per runback.
"We got a lot better at special teams during the course of the year," Fulmer said. "One area that we haven't is the kickoff return, and we're going to address that like heck."
Since the Vols (9-3) and Nittany Lions (8-4) appear evenly matched, the outcome of Monday's game may well be decided by special-teams play.
"We surely know that will be a key during the football game," Fulmer said. "If we'll continue to give the kind of effort in practice that we have and take the attitude that we've had, we'll be all right."