Another Tennessee specialist has entered the transfer portal. Punter Joe Doyle, who entered the portal after last season, has entered once again. He follows Tennessee kicker Brent Cimaglia, who announced his intentions to enter the portal on Friday.
David Ubben of The Athletic had the news today.
Tennessee punter Joe Doyle has entered the transfer portal, @TheAthleticCFB has learned.— David Ubben (@davidubben) January 30, 2021
Doyle was a freshman All-American in 2018 but entered the portal after the 2019 season and returned to the team in 2020. He served mostly as a holder this season and didn't attempt a punt.
Doyle lost his job to Paxton Brooks in the middle of the 2019 season. As a freshman, Doyle was Tennessee’s primary punter in each game. He averaged 41.1 yards per punt, carrying that starting job into 2019. Brooks took over after seven games, and never gave the job back.
Doyle is a redshirt junior and will enter the portal for a second time now. He opted to come back to the team this summer, but failed to find any playing time behind Brooks. The Farragut, Tennessee native will now search for more opportunites elsewhere once again.
Paxton Brooks, a junior, is expected to keep his starting role in 2021. Brooks has averaged 42.9 yards per punt since taking over for Doyle, while also serving as Tennessee’s kickoff specialist.