Vols' Michael Palardy named SEC special teams player of the week

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Tennessee kicker Michael Palardy kicks the game-winning field goal against South Carolina on Saturday at Neyland Stadium.

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MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL Tennessee kicker Michael Palardy kicks the game-winning field goal against South Carolina on Saturday at Neyland Stadium.

Tennessee senior kicker Michael Palardy was named SEC special teams player of the week after he had the winning field goal in the Vols' 23-21 victory over South Carolina on Saturday.

Palardy also had a 63-yard punt, improving his season average to 44.5 yards. On the season, Palardy has had 16 punts downed inside the 20 and has nine punts longer than 50 yards.

The Vols (4-3, 1-2 SEC) play at No. 1 Alabama on Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa (TV: CBS, 3:30 p.m.)

Palardy was also named one of three stars of the week by the Lou Groza Award.

Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him on Twitter.

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slb1zellwood#1421797 writes:

Glad to see this young fellow having a great year because he sure deserves it after all the trauma he has been surrounded with ever since he came to Tennessee.
Makes one appreciate the mental influence this coaching staff really had on Michael in order for him to overcome the trauma of the past and rise to the skill level he possessed when he came here as a celebrated high school player.

Ever how much it was I Like it.

STEELMAN4VOLS writes:

in response to slb1zellwood#1421797:

Glad to see this young fellow having a great year because he sure deserves it after all the trauma he has been surrounded with ever since he came to Tennessee.
Makes one appreciate the mental influence this coaching staff really had on Michael in order for him to overcome the trauma of the past and rise to the skill level he possessed when he came here as a celebrated high school player.

Ever how much it was I Like it.

well said! It's so good to see him do well considering the last few years. Hope the team will continue to improve also.

Dickattrade writes:

I heard a VFL on the radio talk show after the South Carolina win saying Dufus would tell Palardy "go out and try not to F --- it up".
What a joke for a coach to treat a nice kid in this manner.

allvol8 writes:

in response to Dickattrade:

I heard a VFL on the radio talk show after the South Carolina win saying Dufus would tell Palardy "go out and try not to F --- it up".
What a joke for a coach to treat a nice kid in this manner.

That was an effective way to motivate a player ( not!) Maybe the players should have told Dooley the same;)

johnlg00 writes:

Ditto all the above. HUGE props to Mike! Kicking is such a "mental" part of the game. Making a critical field goal or punt is right up there with making a free throw on the road with the game on the line. Or imagine a PGA pro trying to make a tournament-clinching putt with the gallery yelling and screaming at him to miss it--with people flying at him to boot! It continues to amaze me how relatively little attention most teams give to all aspects of the kicking game, given its unmatched potential to turn a game either way.

allvol8 writes:

in response to johnlg00:

Ditto all the above. HUGE props to Mike! Kicking is such a "mental" part of the game. Making a critical field goal or punt is right up there with making a free throw on the road with the game on the line. Or imagine a PGA pro trying to make a tournament-clinching putt with the gallery yelling and screaming at him to miss it--with people flying at him to boot! It continues to amaze me how relatively little attention most teams give to all aspects of the kicking game, given its unmatched potential to turn a game either way.

I tell ya; if we had Butch w/o ever having Dooley.. the results would be.... AMAZING!

johnlg00 writes:

in response to allvol8:

I tell ya; if we had Butch w/o ever having Dooley.. the results would be.... AMAZING!

In retrospect, it certainly seems that way. However, I have been a Vol fan and on this board long enough to know that if UT had hired CBJ three years ago, the fans would be in an uproar. "What do you mean, hiring a guy who has ONLY won in the MAC and the Big East? After ONE year at Cincinnati! He doesn't have any UT connection! He isn't even FROM the South! What has this guy ever done? UT isn't an OJT-type job! Etc., etc.!" Some of the same arguments were made when Kevin Sumlin was mentioned after Fulmer was fired. How do you think the Vols would look now if they had hired HIM then?

No, I am a big believer that everything happens in its time. We had to be desperate enough to consider somebody who was not already a legend. We had to come to terms with the fact that there was nothing for a "legend" to gain by coming here. CBJ needed a couple more years of seasoning to be SURE his approach was sound and built to last. His assistants had to see that they could remain loyal to him and rise with him. We are now where we hoped to be when Fulmer was let go. How much more do we appreciate where we are and where we are going, now that we have seen that the football world actually DOESN'T owe us a living just because "We are TENNESSEE!!!"

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