Former Tennessee senior punter Trevor Daniel (Photo: Danny Parker, 247Sports)

The Punter U. tradition continues.

Former Tennessee punter Trevor Daniel signed a free-agent contract with the Houston Texans after going unselected in this weekend’s NFL Draft. Daniel confirmed the news in a message to 247Sports.

Daniel, a former walk-on turned three-year starter, quickly established himself as one of the nation’s best punters during his time with the Vols.

The Nashville-area native averaged 45.9 yards on exactly 200 punts at Tennessee, and he was remarkably consistent, averaging 45.7 yards per punt as a sophomore, 44.6 yards per punt as a sophomore and 47.5 yards per punt as a senior.

Daniel’s 45.9-yard-per-punt career average was third nationally among all college players this century. Only Johnny Townsend (Florida, 2013-17) and Drew Kaser (Texas A&M, 2011-15) averaged more at 46.2 yards per punt.

A former multi-sport star at Dickson County High School, Daniel also became a cult hero of sorts because he never looked anything like a standard, garden-variety punter. Despite arriving at Tennessee a bit on the chunky side at 6-foot-1, 250 pounds, Daniel still wowed teammates with his athleticism on the basketball court (where he routinely throws down impressive slam dunks) and his strength and explosiveness in the weight room.

Daniel trimmed down to 227 pounds on that 6-foot-1 frame as a senior, and he put on a show at the annual NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

Most kickers and punters don’t do the strength and speed workouts at the combine, but Daniel opted to try most of them just for fun, and he turned heads by doing 23 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press, clocking in at 4.98 seconds in the 40-yard dash and recording a 32.5-inch vertical leap and 119-inch broad jump.

Daniel told 247Sports in March that 23 bench reps of 225 wasn’t even his personal best. He said he put up 27 reps before he lost weight later in his college career.

“That's kind of my thing in the weight room, the bench press," Daniel said after completing his workout at Tennessee's Pro Day. “I've been doing that since eighth grade. I knew what I was going to do, and I just kind of wanted to show out a little bit.

“There was probably like a hundred people (watching), scouts and coaches and stuff. They looked surprised when I got up off the bench.”

Daniel said he never trained for the 40-yard dash, and that he did just to say he did it.

"I was just doing it to do it,” Daniel said. “I didn't really train for it. I just kind of went out there and ran — ran fast.”

Daniel hopes to become the sixth former Vol in the past decade to become an NFL starting punter — no small feat for any program, considering there are just 32 starting punters in the NFL.