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Still Growing

Posted Feb 9, 2011

After finishing up his first full season as the Broncos punter, Britton Colquitt hopes he can keep improving heading into the 2011 season.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- As the youngest in a prolific family of punters, Britton Colquitt has plenty of special-teams wisdom at his disposal.

When thinking ahead to his first offseason as a full-time NFL punter, Colquitt -- whose father, older brother and cousin all have NFL punting experience-- recalled an anecdote from his father Craig's playing days.

"When my dad was with Pittsburgh, he said Gary Anderson, who was the kicker, wouldn't touch a ball until two weeks before the preseason started," Colquitt said with a laugh. "I'm not at that point in my career."

Even after producing the league's No. 10 yards per punt average in 2010, Colquitt knows he still has room for improvement. Heading into his third NFL season, Colquitt is as comfortable as ever and perhaps even more motivated to reward the Broncos for entrusting him with their punting duties.

The punter said he'll go back to work this offseason with an eye toward an even more impressive 2011 campaign.

"I did better with (consistency) than I have in my entire career, but I want to be even more consistent," Colquitt said. "That's the biggest thing as a professional athlete. You want to always be reliable."

Colquitt -- who spent one game on the Broncos active roster in 2009 but did not play -- entered last offseason in competition with A.J. Trapasso for the Broncos' punting job before heading into training camp as the team's lone punter. He said he'd welcome more competition this season but feels confident in his place on the squad after finishing 2010 with a 44.6 yards per punt average on his 86 attempts.

He enjoyed one of the best seasons in recent history for a Broncos punter, averaging more than 50 yards per punt six times during the season. That included a Dec. 12 performance at Arizona in which his 56.2 yard average on five punts set a new team single-game record for a road game.

Colquitt's first season as a full-time punter also featured a pair of chances to compete against his brother, Dustin -- who just finished his sixth season with Kansas City.

As part of his effort to top that next season, Colquitt hopes to take a little more time off from kicking this offseason before resuming his regular preparation. The Tennessee product said he will use the extra down time to focus on adding muscle to his 6-foot-3, 205-pound frame.

"I've got these little chicken legs," Colquitt joked.

The punter said he'll soon start a strict regiment based around regular weight training and healthy eating with the goal of adding 10-to-15 pounds before next season.

On the field, he'd like to improve net punting average -- which ranked tied for 22nd in the league last season.

Those are just the next set of goals for a player who readily talks about his progress since the Broncos released him at the conclusion of training camp in 2009.

Thanks to a unique inner-circle in his punter-friendly family to help him along the way, Colquitt won't forget the hard work that will allow him to stay there.

Colquitt said he'd love to make Denver his long-term NFL home, and he feels like his 2010 season provided a good start toward that wish.

"Obviously, there's some kicks I'd like to take back and I wish I could've helped the team a little more," Colquitt said. "But I think this year was a good foundation, and I feel like it will really help me for next year and beyond."

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