Vols hope to keep Michael Palardy fresh

Tennessee kicker Michael Palardy (1) kicks a field goal closing South Carolina's lead to 38-35 late in the fourth quarter at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C., Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

Photo by Adam Brimer, Knoxville News Sentinel

Tennessee kicker Michael Palardy (1) kicks a field goal closing South Carolina's lead to 38-35 late in the fourth quarter at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C., Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

Michael Palardy's name dots Tennessee's depth chart — first team punter, first team kickoff man, first team field goal man. And be certain, a healthy gulf exists between him and second-team punter Matt Darr and second-team placekicker George Bullock.

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Comments » 4

Knox_Born (Inactive) writes:

Palardy is injury prone and should not be in the starting line up. By now the head coach should know this and have a real kicker in place. How many kicks does Palardy have to miss to prove my point?

slb1zellwood#1421797 writes:

in response to Knox_Born:

Palardy is injury prone and should not be in the starting line up. By now the head coach should know this and have a real kicker in place. How many kicks does Palardy have to miss to prove my point?

Why don't you talk to coach Jones and provide him your analysis of the situation. I'm sure he would appreciate your help. Come on Man be positive about something in life.

gc_scvol writes:

in response to Knox_Born:

Palardy is injury prone and should not be in the starting line up. By now the head coach should know this and have a real kicker in place. How many kicks does Palardy have to miss to prove my point?

OK Coach KB who you gonna put in his position? I suppose you must have watched all of camp and have some good inside info on this, or you wouldn't make such a strong statement. At this time Palardy is healthy, what ya gonna do, start an injured Bullock? Lets give CBJ a chance. Palardy hasn't missed a kick this season. Argue with that.

johnlg00 writes:

Kickers are by nature a strange breed. Not only are there unique mental and emotional demands on kickers, there are many moving parts in a kicking motion, and different parts are involved in a place-kick as opposed to a punt. It is also much harder to kick through a groin or quad injury than it is to play in the line, for example. It is a fine art to condition a kicker so that he is limber where he has to be and also strong where he has to be. Probably no player at any other position has to be so specifically conditioned and trained as a kicker. Given what we know about the previous staff, it is not beyond the realm of possibility that he was conditioned WRONG. But no doubt about it, he HAS to be as great as we thought he was coming in if he is to make a positive difference for the Vols.

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