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Tennessee Athletics photo by Austin Perryman / Tennessee punter Joe Doyle, shown against Missouri during his Freshman All-America season in 2018, has entered the NCAA transfer portal for his final two seasons of eligibility.

The NCAA transfer portal now contains two former University of Tennessee specialists.

After senior kicker Brent Cimaglia revealed Friday that he would use his final year of eligibility elsewhere, redshirt junior punter Joe Doyle elected Saturday to leave the Volunteers as well. Doyle, a 6-foot, 204-pounder from Knoxville, was a USA Today Freshman All-America selection in 2018 but was beaten out by Paxton Brooks midway through the 2019 season and did not attempt any punts this past season.

The Athletic was the first to report Doyle's departure.

Doyle averaged 41.1 yards in 2018, when his 65 punts led the Southeastern Conference. Only eight of his punts were returned for a total of just 15 yards. In Tennessee's 38-12 loss at Georgia that season, Doyle had a career-long 71-yarder.

Doyle had 21 punts for a 41.4-yard clip in 2019 before losing his starting status. He entered the portal last January before returning to the program in August, with the walk-on serving as a holder this past season in all 10 games.

Contact David Paschall at dpaschall@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6524. Follow him on Twitter @DavidSPaschall.

 

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