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.