Football Coach Phillip Fulmer has indefinitely suspended freshman punter Britton Colquitt from the team for rules violations, resulting from the player's arrest over the weekend.
"Britton is a fine young man who has made some incredibly bad decisions," Fulmer said.
"He has been and will be punished, but the bigger issues need to be dealt with and we will work with the university and his family to try to help him."
University of Tennessee Police Department officers arrested the 19-year-old Colquitt early Saturday morning after spotting him with a 12-ounce can of beer outside of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house, according to police reports.
Colquitt fled inside the house and was apprehended on a stairwell, and officers stated that he had a strong smell of alcohol on his breath. He was transported to UTPD and issued a misdemeanor citation for underage possession of alcohol. He made a written statement and was released into the custody of his older brother, senior punter Dustin Colquitt.
The arrest was Britton Colquitt's third charge for alcohol violations on campus.
On Sept. 16, he was a passenger of a vehicle spotted traveling the wrong way on Melrose Avenue and running a red light at the corner of Andy Holt Avenue and Volunteer Boulevard.
According to police reports, Colquitt stated that he had been drinking at a pledge mixer for the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, and he and two other occupants in the vehicle were cited for underage consumption.
On Sept. 25, Britton Colquitt was arrested for first offense driving under the influence and underage consumption after he was spotted weaving in and out of traffic on Andy Holt Avenue and 20th Street.
University policy strictly prohibits the consumption, possession, or display of any alcoholic beverage or containers at anytime on campus, according to the student handbook Hilltopics.
Punter suspended after most recent
Published: Thu Mar 04, 2004 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 05:55 p.m.