One thing is certain in regards to the Chiefs new punter; he comes from a long line of successful punters. Dustin’s father Craig punted for Tennessee and was on two Super Bowl teams with the Pittsburgh Steelers back in 1978 and 1979. His older brother Craig handled the duties from 1977-1979 and Dustin’s younger brother, Britton will take over the Vols duties beginning in 2005.
At first glance this was a questionable pick by the Chiefs, but after running two punters out of time before adding a third late in the season, this was a solid move by the Chiefs who felt the left footed punter was too valuable to pass up.
”He’ll be punting for the Kansas City Chiefs for many years to come,” said head coach Dick Vermeil. “One thing we learned was that you always try and draft the player you want one round ahead and that’s what we did with him.”
Last season Vermeil publicly called out Jason Baker and released him on the final cut down day. Kansas City acquired punter Steve Cheeks from Houston before the season began but he was injured and Baker returned. Cheeks took over when he returned from a leg injury and eventually lost his job to journeyman punter Nick Murphy.
Colquitt is a student of the game and he works on his craft with his father who still serves as his mentor. The Chiefs indicated that they had five players who they felt were capable of being selected with the 99th pick but they felt after special teams coach Frank Gansz worked him out earlier this month; he was too good to pass up. Colquitt is glad they didn't and he's excited about coming to the Chiefs.
"“I cannot say how much. We prayed lot about this. The special teams coach, (Frank) Gansz came down here and it was just a perfect fit. My fiancé and I prayed about it a lot. It is overwhelming right now. I am trying to catch my breath and realize what a huge opportunity I have in front of me right now,” said the Chiefs new punter.
Colquitt also has experience in being a holder and he’ll do those duties in Kansas City for the Chiefs. He’ll battle with Murphy for the starting spot but the Chiefs have struggled finding a solid punter and not since Louie Aguiar has the Chiefs had a solid punter. Before that it was the late Jerrel Wilson. He also equates his approach to punting like one does to playing golf.
" The thing my dad has always said is the kicking and punting is a lot like golf. You don’t swing any harder, you just change clubs. That is the thing. A lot of people will try when they are pooch punting or kicking when backed up they try to change their leg speed or speed up. It is not that. You have to have the same leg speed every time," Colguitt said.
"If you have that all you do is adjust your drop. If I am kicking out the back of my end zone I am not going to drop the ball as high. I want to get it away from a man and I want to get it out. If you are pooch punting you never want to take anything off, you just want to kick it higher. You put the nose up to have a lot more hang-time.”
Sounds like Vermeil could be right about Colquitt and how he'll impact the special teams. The Chiefs finally believe the revolving door at the punter the last three years might have finally closed with the drafting of Dustin Colquitt.