UT Punter Colquitt Suspended After DUI Incident

Britton Colquitt

(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 was also stripped of his scholarship.

According to Knox County officials, Colquitt hit a parked car early Sunday morning and then fled the scene. When officers stopped him, he admitted to drinking and driving as well as to hitting the car and a tree stump.

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

The accident caused more than $400 in damage.

Colquitt posted bond and has a hearing scheduled for March 5.

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.

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

Courtesy ESPN.com News Services