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USA Today names Joe Doyle to their freshman All-American team

More proof that Tennessee is Punter U.

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NCAA Football: Alabama at Tennessee Bryan Lynn-USA TODAY Sports

If there’s one thing that Tennessee hasn’t lost in their decade of despair, it’s the ability to produce ridiculously talented punters. It’s become a legitimate pipeline to the NFL and Joe Doyle appears ready to be the next name through.

Doyle, a local redshirt freshman walk-on, beat out freshman Paxton Brooks for the job during the preseason. This week he was named to USA Today’s Freshman All-American team.

Doyle had plenty of opportunities this year, punting for one of the worst offenses in the FBS. He averaged 41 yards per kick and ranked 36th nationally in net punting.

Doyle is following a long line of top flight punters to come through Knoxville. Dustin Colquitt, Britton Colquitt, Matt Darr, Michael Palardy and Trevor Daniel are each in the league today, making up a staggering 15 percent of punters in the NFL.

Joe Doyle is on his way towards an opportunity to join them down the road one day.