John Adams: UT kickers aren't close to acceptable

John Adams
Tennessee kicker Michael Palardy punts the ball in the fourth quarter during the Orange and White Game at Neyland Stadium Saturday, April 21, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee kicker Michael Palardy punts the ball in the fourth quarter during the Orange and White Game at Neyland Stadium Saturday, April 21, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

In a spring game whose outcome was in doubt until the final play, the Tennessee fans at Neyland Stadium might have been wondering about all the close games to come. What they saw in Saturday's annual spring game wasn't encouraging.

UT's 2012 schedule includes few sure things. You can assume the Vols won't beat defending national champion Alabama. You also can assume that North Carolina State in the season opener will be the only serious non-conference threat.

But the rest of the schedule is comprised of games that likely will be decided by the kind of mistakes that were so apparent in the Orange and White

Game.

The two teams combined for an interception and two fumbles in the first half. The White team's final drive with the game on the line was thwarted first by a holding penalty and further sabotaged when quarterback Tyler Bray lost his footing while dropping back to pass.

As costly as those mistakes would have been in a game that mattered, they weren't nearly as glaring as the kicking game. It was dreadful.

The Vols missed field-goal attempts of 32 and 27 yards. None of their punts traveled farther than 37 yards.

If not for last season, perhaps you could have written off UT's legwork as an aberration. But how many times do you remember the Vols kicking an opponent into submission during a 1-7 SEC season in 2011?

Based on Saturday's performance, UT should mass email its student body in search of punters and place-kickers. Anyone who can so much as kick a can across a street is a candidate.

Before going any further, it's only fair to mention that backup place-kicker Derrick Brodus actually made a 37-yard field-goal, which proved to be a game-winner. If he hadn't also missed a 27-yarder, he should have been given Michael Palardy's starting job on the spot.

Palardy botched a 32-yard field goal and proved his versatility with a couple of 35-yard punts. If the Vols had given a Big Foot Award for the game, it would have gone to Matt Darr for his booming 37-yard punt in the first half.

The other three downs were more promising in a game that matched the first-team offense (White) against the first-team defense (Orange), and the second-team offense against the second-team defense.

UT's running game bore no resemblance to the one that couldn't get out of its own way last season. Second-team running back Marlin Lane had 19- and 39-yard touchdown runs and all 106 of his rushing yards by the end of the third quarter.

Raijon Neal and Devrin Young both rushed for more than 40 yards and showed their speed on corner-turning runs.

Bray, who was 14 for 26 passing, demonstrated a deft deep touch in connecting with All-SEC wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers on a 51-yard completion.

Walk-on wide receiver Jacob Carter capped a surprisingly productive spring with a game-high six receptions, for 42 yards.

Backup quarterback Justin Worley was more accurate than Bray with 17 completions in 26 attempts but also had the most inexplicable throw of the day — a short, scary pass over the middle that linebacker John Propst intercepted.

Both the first- and second-team offenses were at their best on their opening possessions, moving quickly down the field for touchdowns against defenses that spent the spring making the transition from a 4-3 to a 3-4 alignment under new coordinator Sal Sunseri.

UT's offense should have had an edge over its defense. It has more returning starters and an advantage in overall experience.

And it didn't have to learn a new playbook.

That offense will get another boost this fall when wide receiver Justin Hunter is fully recovered from knee surgery.

In the meantime, the Vols have four months to find a fourth-down alternative to kicking themselves out of a close game.

John Adams is a senior columnist. He may be reached at 865-342-6284 or adamsj@knoxnews.com. Follow him at http://twitter.com/johnadamskns.

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GoVols_16 writes:

Ben Ogle--Greeneville kicker--nephew of Alan Duncan, excellent kicker, strong leg, give him a scholarship!!!!

doh writes:

Palardy has been one big bust. Its hard to believe he was a parade all-american.

Voltillyafall writes:

I look at our field goal attempts for comic relief only...ONLY to see if Palardy kicks Bullard in the rear end.

wildmed writes:

Tennessee's woes in the kicking game seem to have no solution or reprieve in sight. As if we need excuses to lose games...

Voltillyafall writes:

John, your employer's bandwidth is as sorry as our kicking game...have them buy some more so one can post their comment without an error message appearing.

In the meantime, I will visit all households in East Tennessee with the last name of "Colquitt" to make sure there are none left.

Couchdummy writes:

If UT can't find a scholarship for just a solid kicker, could Smokey at least get a chance? Smokey cannot do worse.

stevefrommemphis writes:

Here's a disturbing statistic:

Number of 50+ yard punts in the first half of the 2011 SEC Championship Game (LSU v Georgia): TEN

Number of 50+ yard punts by Tennessee the entire 2011 season: THREE (probably at least two of those rolled 20 yards)

Now in the spring game - no punts over 40 yards and 1 of 3 on short field goals - and I bet they didn't put any pressure on during the spring game.

flatrock writes:

Good news: the new format; running of M. Lane, D. Young and T. Smith; o-lines got some push; J. Worley is a leader; J. Toney made some nice open-field tackles from his new position of safety; B. Randolph is All-SEC material; J. Carter has great hands; more SEC-type players.

Bad news: J. Smith has no motor; A. Richardson has a bit to go with his pass protection; T. Bray still does not step into his throws; punting and kicking still sucks.

Suggestion to CDD: get out to Farragut Sunday morning and talk Jonathan King's parents into letting him graduate from H.S. this summer (give Palardy a soccer scholarship and Darr a track scholarship).

frblalack writes:

Man...We are light-years behind in our kicking game!!! Wow...hope today was just an aberration. If we can't do any better than what was shown today, then I think personnel changes are in order. Kicking has ALWAYS been a forte of Vol football for as long as I can remember. We simply have to do better if we're going to compete in the SEC!

Given Darr's physicality and overall strength, he should be kicking 50 yard punts at will. I can only hope these guys are sandbagging or coming back from injuries. Palardy continues to mystify?

I never punted a football over 35 yards; but I didn't have a college scholarship either.

Still have faith in the Big Orange! But I do see going for it on fourth down more probable than in previous years.

All Vols - All the Time - Vol for Life - Believe

tovolny writes:

The kicking part of the "kicking game" has reached an all-time low. I write a post at least once a week complaining that our kickers are lacking when it comes to kicking techniques. What is aggravating is the fact that the Vol kickers have no true kicking coach. By kicking coach, I don't mean "special teams coach"...I mean a person that knows and can instruct the fine parts of kicking that establishes consistency, accuracy, distance, and proper timing. I occasionally observe some of the local high schools during a kicking practice. You see kids, that have probably never shaved their face, kicking 50 yard field goals. Normally, a couple of kids will be punting what would be longer than 40 yards. You can go all the way back to Fulmer's 'sliding years' to see 'kicking' beginning the decline. However, during Fulmer's 'glory years' our kicking was probably way above average. Going back even farther, Cafego had our kickers tuned in and providing us an edge that other schools had a difficult time matching up. Cafego's kickers kicked pats with the same energy used for a 50 yard field goals. The ball was crisply snapped and he kicker always had the same follow through. When you think about watching Cafego, you think about a guy with a stop watch that was never lacking for words. He had words and stuff to say when kickers were distracted or lost their concentration. Majors never had to worry about kicking with Cafego running around with that watch. WHAT HAPPENED?????

Orange_Power_T writes:

I have to agree with the concensus that our kicking game is horrible- has been since Lincoln. No one working with our kickers on a day to day basis is absurd. To expect different results with the same routines is insanity! Why is it so difficult to find someone to come in and help? The kicking game will make or break a team....surely someone sees the importance. Waiting on some prodigy to come in and make a difference is stupid....GET A COACH! Is it against NCAA regulations to send our guys to some NFL standout for private instruction? ANYTHING except what we've been doing because it ain't working! ! ! !

Classof72 writes:

That kicking game isn't going to kick anything but Dooley's butt out of Knoxville. Chanting maxims doesn't help unless the maxims are actually followed. "Stress the kicking game" doesn't mean to execute it so badly that it stresses everyone out. It means to excel in the kicking game.

Good grief! Charlie Brown had a better kicking game than this!

cloudodust writes:

If the offense can get the ball beyond the 50 before having to kick it away, the punting game will be fine...Be that as it may, there is something in the legs of all Tennessee's kickers. Maybe it just hasn't been tapped to date. Let us hope for a productive and arrest-free summer for the football Vols...GBO

richvol writes:

in response to tovolny:

The kicking part of the "kicking game" has reached an all-time low. I write a post at least once a week complaining that our kickers are lacking when it comes to kicking techniques. What is aggravating is the fact that the Vol kickers have no true kicking coach. By kicking coach, I don't mean "special teams coach"...I mean a person that knows and can instruct the fine parts of kicking that establishes consistency, accuracy, distance, and proper timing. I occasionally observe some of the local high schools during a kicking practice. You see kids, that have probably never shaved their face, kicking 50 yard field goals. Normally, a couple of kids will be punting what would be longer than 40 yards. You can go all the way back to Fulmer's 'sliding years' to see 'kicking' beginning the decline. However, during Fulmer's 'glory years' our kicking was probably way above average. Going back even farther, Cafego had our kickers tuned in and providing us an edge that other schools had a difficult time matching up. Cafego's kickers kicked pats with the same energy used for a 50 yard field goals. The ball was crisply snapped and he kicker always had the same follow through. When you think about watching Cafego, you think about a guy with a stop watch that was never lacking for words. He had words and stuff to say when kickers were distracted or lost their concentration. Majors never had to worry about kicking with Cafego running around with that watch. WHAT HAPPENED?????

You nailed it tovolny...Cafego was the best kicking coach that I have ever seen in 55 years of watching football. He could develop raw talent into polished kickers.

It would seem that with all the past great UT kickers there are we could find some help but Dooley acts unconcerned about it.

The kid at Farragut should be recruited before he gets away. Palardy and Darr have had their chance and both have failed epically.

AllVol1 writes:

Palardy and Darr were ranked #1 kicker and #1 punter in the nation, respectively. This tells you either the rankings are bunk or what has happened to them since coming to UT. They need help. I don't know if there is a cap on the number of coaches a team can have. I am thrilled to have a RB coach and two coaches for the D secondary, CB's and safeties. I would not want to give any of those up.

Sad to say, but I am hoping the local boy comes in this summer and takes the kicking jobs. Either that or miraculous transformations of Palardy and Darr.

volgrog#210164 writes:

in response to AllVol1:

Palardy and Darr were ranked #1 kicker and #1 punter in the nation, respectively. This tells you either the rankings are bunk or what has happened to them since coming to UT. They need help. I don't know if there is a cap on the number of coaches a team can have. I am thrilled to have a RB coach and two coaches for the D secondary, CB's and safeties. I would not want to give any of those up.

Sad to say, but I am hoping the local boy comes in this summer and takes the kicking jobs. Either that or miraculous transformations of Palardy and Darr.

First, there are limitations to the number of coaches that a team can have as well as the number of grad assistants (unpaid coaches) teams can have to help with coaching. The first of these limitations came when Cafego was still coaching. He ended up retiring as a result.

Second, I have to agree with JA on this one, the kicking is a disaster. Palardy has gotten progressively worse since he started at TN. His miss was low and outside-not good for a pitcher but horrible for a kicker. The kicking game has accounted for multiple losses at TN every year since 2001. Returns for touchdowns (AL, LSU, GA, FL), blocked FGs and/or punts (AL, GA, FL), missed FGs (AL,UCLA, etc.), fake punts and on-side kicks (AL, LSU), and the list goes on.

IMO, if the rest of the game isn't in top shape, coaches don't have time or numbers to spend on special teams. Based on new coaches, new schemes, etc., this year will likely be the same unless the new kicker is fundamentally better than what is currently on campus.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

I have to give Adams a little credit for pointing out a serious flaw with this team..However it seems like he only points out flaws, but that's nor here nor there..Anyway, what about Neal Clabo and Herman Weaver?? Shouldn't they have produced offspring by now and even if they were female would probably have as strong of a kicking leg as Palardy has..Just a thought.

tractoronthepole writes:

I guess telling the last Colquitt that he could come to Tennessee but would never kick here was a mistake. He red-shirted last year and will be the starting punter at Clemson this year. Got this from his sister.

koamalina writes:

Fuad Reveiz lives in Knoxville and is the best kicker in UT history. Can someone convince Fuad to volunteer some help for these kickers?

rtrchatt writes:

Jonathan King get out of Dodge and kick anywhere but UT. Go Admirals

CrankE writes:

Somehow, I just knew that Derrick Broadus would be a victim of his own success. Come off the couch on an hour's notice and nail all your kicks in Neyland Stadium? Sorry, we're not interested.

I can think of nothing that better epitomizes the Dooley era at UT than the fact that Palardy is still on scholarship and Broadus is still "on the couch".

snuffysmiff writes:

in response to CrankE:

Somehow, I just knew that Derrick Broadus would be a victim of his own success. Come off the couch on an hour's notice and nail all your kicks in Neyland Stadium? Sorry, we're not interested.

I can think of nothing that better epitomizes the Dooley era at UT than the fact that Palardy is still on scholarship and Broadus is still "on the couch".

Ummm... Brodus was in the game yesterday, and missed an average length field goal.

dalvol writes:

Does the NCAA allow scholarship athletes go to camps or work with private instructors like James Wilhoit, Fuad Reveiz, etc. What are the rules?

dalvol writes:

in response to MerlotGoVols:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Just a reminder that a Merlot is a darkly blue-coloured wine grape, or in this case a "whine" grape, Whine; meaning a feeble or petulant complaint. Also, grouse, grumble, gripe, bellyache, beef, cry, whimper, moan, etc, etc. In short, not a very pleasant way to go through life. Take pity, my friends! Merlot needs help!

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to dalvol:

Just a reminder that a Merlot is a darkly blue-coloured wine grape, or in this case a "whine" grape, Whine; meaning a feeble or petulant complaint. Also, grouse, grumble, gripe, bellyache, beef, cry, whimper, moan, etc, etc. In short, not a very pleasant way to go through life. Take pity, my friends! Merlot needs help!

Now we know who tampered with the scoreboard..

flatrock writes:

in response to Sammy_Burklows_Revenge:

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If Coach Cafego were alive today, he might not have a job as a full-time kicking coach...NCAA limits have made "kicking" coaches a thing of the past, unfortunately.

FWBVol writes:

in response to flatrock:

Good news: the new format; running of M. Lane, D. Young and T. Smith; o-lines got some push; J. Worley is a leader; J. Toney made some nice open-field tackles from his new position of safety; B. Randolph is All-SEC material; J. Carter has great hands; more SEC-type players.

Bad news: J. Smith has no motor; A. Richardson has a bit to go with his pass protection; T. Bray still does not step into his throws; punting and kicking still sucks.

Suggestion to CDD: get out to Farragut Sunday morning and talk Jonathan King's parents into letting him graduate from H.S. this summer (give Palardy a soccer scholarship and Darr a track scholarship).

Palardy would have to get soccer scholarship on the women's soccer team since the men don't have one. And while I'm sure he's not a bad kid, I don't think the Lady Vol soccer team would want him.

Seriously, one of thing that makes evaluating kickers so difficult is high school kickers can kick off a tee for PATs and field goals, but they take the tee away from them at the college level. I don't have an explanation for punters. It seems that punting is punting is punting.

Kickers and punters don't get five stars, but the two guys we have were supposed to be the best in their class, but they sure aren't living up to their potential.

GONAVY writes:

in response to flatrock:

Good news: the new format; running of M. Lane, D. Young and T. Smith; o-lines got some push; J. Worley is a leader; J. Toney made some nice open-field tackles from his new position of safety; B. Randolph is All-SEC material; J. Carter has great hands; more SEC-type players.

Bad news: J. Smith has no motor; A. Richardson has a bit to go with his pass protection; T. Bray still does not step into his throws; punting and kicking still sucks.

Suggestion to CDD: get out to Farragut Sunday morning and talk Jonathan King's parents into letting him graduate from H.S. this summer (give Palardy a soccer scholarship and Darr a track scholarship).

Antonio Richardson is at best a project. He was passed through Ensworth only because he played football (and basketball). When it became obvious that he held All American status in football, and the fact that he was failing at Ensworth...but being passed, he jumped to Pearl-Cohn to raise his GPA...oh my gosh what a joke. He is dumber than a rock- and cannot pick up blitzes to protect Bray if his life depended on it. Bowers should be ashamed of himself...but he isn't.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to tractoronthepole:

I guess telling the last Colquitt that he could come to Tennessee but would never kick here was a mistake. He red-shirted last year and will be the starting punter at Clemson this year. Got this from his sister.

http://www.clemsontigers.com/sports/m...

Not taking a Colquitt doesn't sit well with me either. There are a few things Dooley has messed with that don't need to be. The Colquitts come to Tennessee and they punt. That's how it always has been, that's how it should always be. It's tradition, kinda like the maxims, running through the T, the Vol Walk. We have one of the worst kicking games in the entire nation. What better time for the next Colquitt to come through than now? This is a MAJOR black eye for Dooley IMO. Colquitts, Berrys, Reveizs, and Bartholemew are a few families that have helped build the rich tradition this program has. You get those guys and don't ask a question about it.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to GONAVY:

Antonio Richardson is at best a project. He was passed through Ensworth only because he played football (and basketball). When it became obvious that he held All American status in football, and the fact that he was failing at Ensworth...but being passed, he jumped to Pearl-Cohn to raise his GPA...oh my gosh what a joke. He is dumber than a rock- and cannot pick up blitzes to protect Bray if his life depended on it. Bowers should be ashamed of himself...but he isn't.

Tiny Richardson a project? I don't see Bama wasting their time on a project. And his recruitment came down to us and Bama. Not to mention virtually every other major program in the nation who wanted him. He's already making strides. Yeah he's gonna make mistakes, LT is an extremely difficult position to play. And once he's conquered it at the collegiate level, sit back and watch the NFL take a chance on "the project". He'll be a 1st rounder, wait and see.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to GONAVY:

Antonio Richardson is at best a project. He was passed through Ensworth only because he played football (and basketball). When it became obvious that he held All American status in football, and the fact that he was failing at Ensworth...but being passed, he jumped to Pearl-Cohn to raise his GPA...oh my gosh what a joke. He is dumber than a rock- and cannot pick up blitzes to protect Bray if his life depended on it. Bowers should be ashamed of himself...but he isn't.

You should be ashamed of yourself.. Tiny busted his arse to get eligible and to be honest I don't know if I could pass the SAT or ACT with today's standards..You sound like a bitter person, were you offended he never considered vandy?? AR will be the best O-Linemen on this team and probably a first or second round draft choice making millions in the NFL..Who sounds like a DA now??

PUL4VOLS writes:

I am very concerned at the UT kicking game and yes think Palardy/Darr have underachieved in unreal fashion. But that does not take away from the fact that overall the team looks better and will show better come fall on Saturdays. All the nega-nuancing seems to have become a staple on here even among true Vols fans. That is almost as troubling as the problems in the kicking game.

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

The answer is not giving another scholarship to a kicker, the answer is to get a kicking coach. Period.

nepperso#220348 writes:

I'm thirty years old and I can punt a football more than 37 yards every single time. That's pathetic. Just sayin.

Theo writes:

in response to GONAVY:

Antonio Richardson is at best a project. He was passed through Ensworth only because he played football (and basketball). When it became obvious that he held All American status in football, and the fact that he was failing at Ensworth...but being passed, he jumped to Pearl-Cohn to raise his GPA...oh my gosh what a joke. He is dumber than a rock- and cannot pick up blitzes to protect Bray if his life depended on it. Bowers should be ashamed of himself...but he isn't.

Must be a bitter MBA or BA fan.
Of course if I were BA fan I would be bitter too.

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

in response to Rich_Is_Re-born:

http://www.clemsontigers.com/sports/m...

Not taking a Colquitt doesn't sit well with me either. There are a few things Dooley has messed with that don't need to be. The Colquitts come to Tennessee and they punt. That's how it always has been, that's how it should always be. It's tradition, kinda like the maxims, running through the T, the Vol Walk. We have one of the worst kicking games in the entire nation. What better time for the next Colquitt to come through than now? This is a MAJOR black eye for Dooley IMO. Colquitts, Berrys, Reveizs, and Bartholemew are a few families that have helped build the rich tradition this program has. You get those guys and don't ask a question about it.

Do you really? Greg Colquitt is Dustin and Britton's cousin, but he was unrated by the scouting services and had no big-time offers. He walked on at Clemson, and since he wasn't one of the two punters who kicked in their spring game, I'd say he's not ready to take the world by storm.

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

in response to tractoronthepole:

I guess telling the last Colquitt that he could come to Tennessee but would never kick here was a mistake. He red-shirted last year and will be the starting punter at Clemson this year. Got this from his sister.

Really? Funny thing is, there were two punters with stats in the Clemson spring game, and neither of them were named Colquitt. I guess Sweeney just didn't want his best punter getting his leg tired or something.

claiborneh writes:

Dooley did not solve most glaring problem in off season. We have worst kicking game in SEC. There is a better kicker and punter in the cafeteria or intramural field. Have an open tryout. Find them NOW before fall because the atrocious kicking game will costs multiple games if not addressed

zigvol writes:

WOW!! I'm done reading these bull sh.t posts. You can all go to hexx. GO VOLS!!!!!!

zigvol writes:

Bunch of no good fair weather fans. Go Vols! Through thick and thin....

HATEaBAMA writes:

in response to tovolny:

The kicking part of the "kicking game" has reached an all-time low. I write a post at least once a week complaining that our kickers are lacking when it comes to kicking techniques. What is aggravating is the fact that the Vol kickers have no true kicking coach. By kicking coach, I don't mean "special teams coach"...I mean a person that knows and can instruct the fine parts of kicking that establishes consistency, accuracy, distance, and proper timing. I occasionally observe some of the local high schools during a kicking practice. You see kids, that have probably never shaved their face, kicking 50 yard field goals. Normally, a couple of kids will be punting what would be longer than 40 yards. You can go all the way back to Fulmer's 'sliding years' to see 'kicking' beginning the decline. However, during Fulmer's 'glory years' our kicking was probably way above average. Going back even farther, Cafego had our kickers tuned in and providing us an edge that other schools had a difficult time matching up. Cafego's kickers kicked pats with the same energy used for a 50 yard field goals. The ball was crisply snapped and he kicker always had the same follow through. When you think about watching Cafego, you think about a guy with a stop watch that was never lacking for words. He had words and stuff to say when kickers were distracted or lost their concentration. Majors never had to worry about kicking with Cafego running around with that watch. WHAT HAPPENED?????

Guess u guys aren't old enough to remember "what happened". When Cafego (I HATE Vandy) retired, he was given a used car which he properly rejected. I think at that point he put a permanent hex on UT kicking. Maybe witchdoctor can remove it?

OldVols68 writes:

The Vols of today would be an embarrassment to General Neyland; there is no thought given to using punting as a weapon. We are again looking at a 1-7 SEC season. The team has no sense of the fundamentals of the game, and all else follows that down the tube.

I used to look forward to seeing all the games on TV, but now they are too lousy to care....we also may be down to only our women teams being competitive in any sport (well, maybe the men's basketball, but they still will never attract the players Ky reloads with every year).

JayTee writes:

If you can't make them in the spring game how do you expect to do it in the SEC when it really counts?

One of the seven maxims of Gen. Neyland is: Press the kicking game. Here is where the breaks are made.

Do any of you think you know more than he did?

Vol43 writes:

in response to koamalina:

Fuad Reveiz lives in Knoxville and is the best kicker in UT history. Can someone convince Fuad to volunteer some help for these kickers?

This is most troublesome and puzzling. Surely Dooley can see the plight of the kicking game. It's like a heavily loaded fast moving train headed right at you. If I was Dooley, I would DO something before the first game.

WTKarnes writes:

Don't fotget about George Bullock! Kicker out of West Knoxville coming next year, he's got a big leg.

asm2008 writes:

Dustin Colquitt has 2 boys that are 5 and 3. Britton had his son Nash Colquitt last week. So the positive is that from 2026-2034 we will be covered when it comes to punting!
We didnt know how good we had it with them on 4th down!!!!!

illinoisvolfan writes:

Remember the theory that someone came up with on this site that the Wilson footballs might be the problem. I don't know who that was, but it was something about the Wilson ball travelling a shorter distance than other brands of footballs. Does anyone remember that or am I losing my mind yet again.

Then again, maybe the Vols should recruit one of those Aussie Rules Football kickers, they seem to kick the blazes out of a ball. Perhaps they should just go for it every time on 4th down, no matter where the offense is on the field. For those of us Vol fans who have been spoiled with quality kickers from Ricky Townsend thru Jeremy Lincoln and any punter named Colquttt; anything has to be better than the Palardy/Darr depression that has desended on the UT kicking game.

UTQB70 writes:

in response to GONAVY:

Antonio Richardson is at best a project. He was passed through Ensworth only because he played football (and basketball). When it became obvious that he held All American status in football, and the fact that he was failing at Ensworth...but being passed, he jumped to Pearl-Cohn to raise his GPA...oh my gosh what a joke. He is dumber than a rock- and cannot pick up blitzes to protect Bray if his life depended on it. Bowers should be ashamed of himself...but he isn't.

What a sad person you are. You, an "adult", calling a 19 year old kid names on a public forum. I feel sorry for your son. And to think, you were an "objective" college official. lol

flatrock writes:

in response to FWBVol:

Palardy would have to get soccer scholarship on the women's soccer team since the men don't have one. And while I'm sure he's not a bad kid, I don't think the Lady Vol soccer team would want him.

Seriously, one of thing that makes evaluating kickers so difficult is high school kickers can kick off a tee for PATs and field goals, but they take the tee away from them at the college level. I don't have an explanation for punters. It seems that punting is punting is punting.

Kickers and punters don't get five stars, but the two guys we have were supposed to be the best in their class, but they sure aren't living up to their potential.

Okay, make Palardy a G.A. with the women's soccer team (not bad duty, BTW).

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