UT freshmen LaTroy Lewis (ACL), George Bullock (broken leg) out for the season

Knoxville West's George Bullock punts for the East team during the 2011 Toyota East vs. West Tennessee All-Star Classic at Carson-Newman College on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

Photo by Amy Smotherman Burgess, ©KNS/2011

Knoxville West's George Bullock punts for the East team during the 2011 Toyota East vs. West Tennessee All-Star Classic at Carson-Newman College on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

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George Bullock

Place-kicker George Bullock, a freshman from West High School, broke his leg after a collision at practice over the weekend and will miss the rest of the season, Tennessee coach Derek Dooley said Monday.

Bullock was one of two newcomers to suffer serious injuries over the weekend. Linebacker LaTroy Lewis will have season-ending knee surgery after the freshman tore the anterior cruciate ligament in a non-contract drill, Dooley said.

Lewis was listed behind strongside starter Curt Maggitt on the depth chart. Bullock failed to beat out junior kicker Michael Palardy in camp, but could have been used in specialized roles this year.

Lewis’ injury could open up more playing time for senior Willie Bohannon, who also is slotted as a second-string “jack” linebacker.

Walk-on kicker Derrick Brodus, who gained fame last November when he dashed from the couch at his fraternity house to Neyland Stadium about an hour before kickoff, is now No. 2 behind Palardy. Brodus’ story received national attention when he kicked three extra points and a field goal against Middle Tennessee State after Palardy went down with a last-minute injury.

Brodus didn’t start join the team and start practicing until the rosters expanded last week, but Dooley said the late camp invitation didn’t indicate a lack of confidence.

“I don’t have any qualms about putting him in,” Dooley said. “He’s not just the fraternity guy on the couch. He’s a bona fide kicker.”

Bullock committed to Tennessee last summer after also considering an offer from Navy. He made 82-of-88 extra points his final two seasons and connected on 70 percent of his field goals — including a long of 51 yards — as a senior in 2011.

Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at Twitter.com/TennesseeBeat.

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SummittsCourt writes:

So the injury bug begins. Lets just hope it misses the major players.

Go Vols!

VolinCalif writes:

Pee Pee we don't need that.

rampsneggs writes:

Let me guess, someone will now blame these two unfortunate incidents on coach Dooley. After all we did lose to UK last year, or had you heard?

voloffaith writes:

Sad for these young men..at least they can get surgery and start rehabbing to be 2013 ready....

Tenn64 writes:

Ouch.

OrangePride writes:

How in the World Wide of Sports did Bullock break his leg as a danged kicker? Let's hope one of our own guys didn't wipe him out trying to make a good special teams impression. yi yi yi, can we at least please get to the season without further elimination of good players!

CoverOrange writes:

in response to OrangePride:

How in the World Wide of Sports did Bullock break his leg as a danged kicker? Let's hope one of our own guys didn't wipe him out trying to make a good special teams impression. yi yi yi, can we at least please get to the season without further elimination of good players!

Collision in practice, reportedly. They are checking the license plates on McCullers now.

AtopTheHill06 writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

Collision in practice, reportedly. They are checking the license plates on McCullers now.

I heard that McCullers sneezed and this simultaneously broke Bullocks leg and tore Lewis' ACL.

All joking aside, Im ready for our new #98 to remind us of the old #98, Mr. John Henderson.

Ironcity writes:

in response to OrangePride:

How in the World Wide of Sports did Bullock break his leg as a danged kicker? Let's hope one of our own guys didn't wipe him out trying to make a good special teams impression. yi yi yi, can we at least please get to the season without further elimination of good players!

A lot of kickers get fractures if they kick to often. maybe the kid wore himself out and got hurt. Hope he gets better and helps us in the future.

underthehill writes:

in response to rampsneggs:

Let me guess, someone will now blame these two unfortunate incidents on coach Dooley. After all we did lose to UK last year, or had you heard?

Very poor guess..Dooley only gets blamed for what he is responsible for and what he is getting paid to do..and he is getting paid to win games like the one against UK last year..or had you heard..now back to the article..very unfortunate for these young men who have worked so hard to have this happen..hope they come back stronger than ever..

VolinCalif writes:

in response to OrangePride:

How in the World Wide of Sports did Bullock break his leg as a danged kicker? Let's hope one of our own guys didn't wipe him out trying to make a good special teams impression. yi yi yi, can we at least please get to the season without further elimination of good players!

Ever hear of roughing the kicker

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

This is a big blow, especially the injury to Lewis. He was Maggit's back up in an already thin LB unit. This hurts.

OrangePride writes:

in response to VolinCalif:

Ever hear of roughing the kicker

Yea,I have.........which I why I pointed out that I hoped it wasn't the result of an overexuberant member of our own team. Likely it was, but it could be something else; unless you know something the rest of us don't.

thevoice writes:

Must a been a helluva kick!

thevoice writes:

No excuses, this year, including injuries, youth, suspensions, etc., as noted by Dooley himself.

thevoice writes:

in response to thevoice:

Must a been a helluva kick!

Or a helluva divot.

GvlVol writes:

He was walking across a parking lot to his car, when , out of nowhere, his leg was struck by a beer bottle.

VolinCalif writes:

in response to OrangePride:

Yea,I have.........which I why I pointed out that I hoped it wasn't the result of an overexuberant member of our own team. Likely it was, but it could be something else; unless you know something the rest of us don't.

Sorry if I sounded Smart A.. didn't mean to. But every time I hear of a kicker being hurt I remember John McKay at So. Cal and the Miami game. McKay got the roughing the kicker call made a rule because of that game.

ROCKYTOPBRAD writes:

WOW, The bullock injury sounds like Nancy Kerrigan, and Tonya Harding.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to Rich_Is_Re-born:

This is a big blow, especially the injury to Lewis. He was Maggit's back up in an already thin LB unit. This hurts.

No doubt, injuries have hit the Fr. class hard this year.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to ROCKYTOPBRAD:

WOW, The bullock injury sounds like Nancy Kerrigan, and Tonya Harding.

Rumor has it Harvey Updyke pulled a Tonya Harding to ensure Palardy would be kicking. Investigation pending.....

eduardo writes:

5-7

CrankE writes:

“He’s not just the fraternity guy on the couch. He’s a bonafide kicker.”

Says Derek Zoolander, a "bonafide" coach who may be headed for the fraternity couch.

As Bogart says in Casblanca, "We'll always have Palardy..." @@

papavol writes:

at least we know they are practicing hard.

UTVOL2001 writes:

will win at least 10! book it!

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

Charlotte Observer reporting the NCSt. fans talking about a 5-0 start to the season!

VolinCalif writes:

in response to jhayes0926#638474:

Charlotte Observer reporting the NCSt. fans talking about a 5-0 start to the season!

Well I agree, but they are talking about the Vol season.

Ayres_Hall writes:

We will only need a kicker for PATs and kick-offs, sports fans.

west_tn_volfan writes:

in response to jhayes0926#638474:

Charlotte Observer reporting the NCSt. fans talking about a 5-0 start to the season!

They should be. That's the best part about this time of year, every team is undefeated and every fan base can have unrealistic expectations. Reality doesn't start setting in until the start of season on thursday.

PUL4VOLS writes:

I never hear of a kicker injury without remembering one of the Gramatica guys who kicked in the NFL for the Buccaneers I believe. He made a game winner and as he jumped and hooped it up pulled a groin muscle and missed most of the rest of the season. Injuries happen, we hate it and especially with an LB we will possibly need this year. We move on and still look forward to a new season. It's almost smellable right now and my nose is up. Oh heck, all I smell really is trollpudding. I'm hoping they get kicked around by a great Vol effort come Friday. GO VOLS!

mocsandvolsfan writes:

dang it!
Take some care guys!! I'm guessing we're working pretty hard.

chuckfromwoodberry writes:

in response to MerlotGoVols:

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Now you're starting to get it. This whole mess started with fulmer mailing it in for 3 years.

FLORIDAGATORHATER writes:

Not expecting much against NC State.

lavette12389 writes:

in response to VolinCalif:

Well I agree, but they are talking about the Vol season.

Amen brother lol

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

in response to jhayes0926#638474:

Charlotte Observer reporting the NCSt. fans talking about a 5-0 start to the season!

Being stationed in North Carolina, I can't even think about losing to NC State. People are already trash talking (everybody seems to know I'm a UT grad somehow). This game means as much to me as any has in a long time. State has a cornerback, David Amerson, who had 13 interceptions last year. He is very tall for a cornerback, 6'3", and extremely fast. I hope Tyler Bray knows where this guy is on every pass play, or we are in trouble. Go Vols, Go Vols, GO VOLS!!!

Vol43 writes:

in response to MerlotGoVols:

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You're calling chuck an idiot? That's funny. Maybe you're the one. Ya think?

frblalack writes:

in response to chuckfromwoodberry:

Now you're starting to get it. This whole mess started with fulmer mailing it in for 3 years.

Merlot is a well-known negativist (troll)!

But if you want to critcize Coach Fulmer, then you've got cranial-rectum syndrome! At one point Fulmer was 51-4 in Neyland!!! Only won (1) National Championship, Coach didn't "mail it in"! He made a significantly bad hire in Dave Clawson; give the man a break!!!

And get off Coach Dooley also! I've been through Woodberry and I didn't notice too many rocket scientists!

All Vols - All the Time - Every day Orange!!!

UTistheOLEMISSoftheEAST writes:

You can see it coming. NCST wins this game. ut is limping into this one physically and mentally. Too many distractions. NCST's offense will be the talk after Friday night. Loco won't be the best QB on the field.

NCST 31
ut 24

vols start 1-2

AirForceVol2786 writes:

Well if Bullock couldn't beat out Palardy, then its no big loss. Hate losing any linebacker at this point. Oh well, lets go out there and play hard. Thats all we ask.

martinvol34 writes:

in response to underthehill:

Very poor guess..Dooley only gets blamed for what he is responsible for and what he is getting paid to do..and he is getting paid to win games like the one against UK last year..or had you heard..now back to the article..very unfortunate for these young men who have worked so hard to have this happen..hope they come back stronger than ever..

you're a negative nelly. poof. disappear. bye.

OrangePride writes:

in response to AirForceVol2786:

Well if Bullock couldn't beat out Palardy, then its no big loss. Hate losing any linebacker at this point. Oh well, lets go out there and play hard. Thats all we ask.

It IS a loss.....what the heck are you thinking!? The kid is only a freshman, but one with a great future. Now he will lose this entire season of working on his game and learning. Also, should Palardy get hurt (again), then this young freshman might well have been able to step in and provide some valuable points. Likely he would have been red shirted this year, but this would have been a great developmental year we've now lost. Beyond that, he was a good insurance policy we could have used. Good grief.....your thinking is REALLY short sighted.

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