Assistant Sports Editor
The football offseason claimed another starter Sunday when All-SEC punter Britton Colquitt was arrested for DUI and leaving the scene of an accident. Coach Phillip Fulmer suspended Colquitt for the first five games of the 2008 season and revoked his scholarship.
The junior, according to the Knox County Judicial Commissioner’s Office, hit a parked car on Jackson Avenue causing more than $400 in damages then fled the scene.
“I’m very disappointed that Britton doesn’t appreciate the blessings he has been given from his family and his team,” said Fulmer in a statement on Sunday. “Along with the five-game suspension, I am taking his scholarship away and he will be required to undergo alcohol counseling as well as other internal punishments.”
Knoxville police stopped Colquitt about a mile away where he admitted having five drinks earlier that night. He refused a chemical test and failed a field sobriety test and was taken to the Knox County Detention Center where he was released on bond around 9 a.m.
Colquitt is the eighth football player that has been punished for off-the-field problems since Jan 11.
Feb. 17 — Colquitt arrested for driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident.
Feb. 13 — Sophomore linebacker Dorian Davis and sophomore safety Antonio Wardlow dismissed from the team by Fulmer for an unspecified violation of team rules.
Feb. 2 — Walk-on defensive back Vince Faison arrested for driving under the influence. Faison has received a two-game suspension for his actions.
Jan. 26 — Junior offensive lineman Anthony Parker arrested by Knoxville Police for disorderly conduct.
Jan. 21 — Freshman running back Daryl Vereen arrested for public intoxication and underage consumption by UT Police. Fulmer makes entire team run at 6 a.m. the next morning.
Jan. 11 — Freshmen wide receivers Gerald Jones and Ahmad Paige charged with possession of marijuana by Knoxville Police while they hosted a recruit on an official visit.
Colquitt suspended, loses scholarship
Published: Tue Feb 19, 2008