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Steelers fans want former XFL BattleHawks punter Marquette King signed

Fans are asking for Marquette King to replace punter Dustin Colquitt.

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Pittsburgh fans are asking for XFL St. Louis BattleHawks punter Marquette King to be signed on to the Steelers.

An online army of Pittsburgh Steelers fans took to Twitter this week, clamoring for former St. Louis BattleHawks booter Marquette King to replace punter Dustin Colquitt.

The Steelers signed the 38-year-old Colquitt at the beginning of the season, ending his 15-year run with the Kansas City Chiefs. He hasn’t been good, netting an NFL-worst 37.1 yards per punt. Head Coach Mike Tomlin this week told media that Colquitt’s performance isn’t “up to snuff,” signaling that a change is coming.

This sparked hundreds – maybe thousands – of black and yellow faithful turning to the Twitterverse to make their pick.

“The #Steelers have a problem at punter,” tweeted Steeler Standard among the push. “There is someone out there who can fix that problem. I’ve said it once and I’ll continue to say it. Marquette King is that guy. Pittsburgh, make the move!”

However, the calls may go unheeded. It was reported Tuesday that the Steelers could bring back Jordan Berry, who served as Pittsburgh’s punter from 2015 to 2019.

In 2019, Berry was the 19th best punter in the NFL, averaging a net 40.9 yards per kick. His career average is 44.2

King’s career average is 46.7. In 2020 with the BattleHawks, he averaged 45.7, with a long of 63.

That was with an XFL ball King said was more challenging for a kicker to center up than an NFL.

“It’s definitely a different ball to hit compared to an NFL ball,” he said in March. “I’m noticing, kicking them side-by-side, the XFL balls don’t travel the same. They don’t go as far, they don’t go as high. It has a smaller core, so there’s little room for error.”

In the past, other XFL kickers have remarked on the challenges of kicking XFL balls.

Whether King gets a call from the Steelers, or he remains watching from home, the former Raiders favorite reached out to thank Steeler fans, tweeting with black and yellow hearts, “S/O to all y’all Steeler fans showing me all this love. I’m super thankful for the support and I trust God and know something is going to shake somewhere very soon.”

Nathan Woodside is based in the Metro East suburbs of St. Louis. He has 15-plus years of experience reporting, editing, photographing and designing sports and news, on all platforms for outlets that include Hearst Newspapers and GateHouse Media. He was a sideline reporter and photographer for the St. Louis BattleHawks in 2020. He has collected multiple awards from the Illinois and Missouri Press Associations, as well as the Associated Press Media Editors of Illinois. Reach him on Twitter @nathanwoodside or at nathan_woodside@yahoo.com.

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