Special attention needed
Vols facing slew of tough questions on both sides of the boot
By Drew Edwards
If there’s one rule change that’s intriguing for the Tennessee football team, it’s moving kickoffs back 5 yards. Sure the NCAA’s latest attempt at speeding up the game might help the Vols boost a kick return game that was third-worst in the nation and dead-last in the SEC at 16.1 yards a game. But there’s also a sticky matter of covering opponents’ returns. And then there’s the extra wear on junior Britton Colquitt’s right leg. With the departure of kicker James Wilhoit and the slow development of redshirt freshman Daniel Lincoln, Colquitt enters fall camp as Tennessee’s place kicker, punter and kickoff specialist. If it seems like a long time since the Vols have asked a player to do both, it has been.
According to UT’s media guide, the Vols haven’t used one player to placekick and punt for the majority of a season since the two-platoon days of the early 1960s.
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