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Tennessee specialist announces transfer destination

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Tennessee punter Joe Doyle announced on Twitter Tuesday afternoon that he was transferring across the Volunteer state to Memphis.

“Thank you Tennessee for letting me live out my dream,” Doyle tweeted. “To my coaches, teammates, and fans, thank you for your support and encouragement throughout the last four years.

“With that being said, I have committed to the University of Memphis. I’m excited to join the Tiger family!”

Doyle played in 35 games over the course of four years with the Vols. This past season, Doyle served as Tennessee’s holders in all 10 games. The year prior, in 2019 as a redshirt sophomore, he averaged 41.1 yards per punt on 21 attempts.

The Knoxville, Tennessee native had his best season as a Vol in 2018 as a redshirt freshman. Doyle played in all 12 games en route to freshman All-America honors. He averaged 41.1 yards per punt with 23 punts downed inside the 20-yard line and 12 punts of 50 or more yards. He also led the SEC in punts (65) and punting yards (2,673), but only allowed eight returns for 15 yards – the fewest by a full-time punter in the SEC. His 23 punts inside of the 20 ranked tied for second in the SEC and tied for 16th in the country. Doyle’s career-long 71-yard punt against No. 2 Georgia in 2018 was the longest punt of his career.

Doyle was a 2017 Under Armour All-American punter and 2017 All-State punter coming out of Farragut High School when he committed to the Vols. He was the only punter selected for both the Army and Under Armour All-American Games after being a 2016 Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Semifinalist.

Doyle is the second specialist to transfer from the Vols this offseason. Starting kicker Brent Cimaglia also announced recently that he would be transferring from the program. Cimaglia has not yet announced where he will be transferring to.

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