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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Tennessee Volunteers 2013 Specialists

Our summer tour of FBS schools looks at the specialists for the Tennessee Volunteers.

Kicker/punter: Michael Palardy, senior (Coral Springs, FL / St. Thomas Aquinas)
2012: Third-year specialist, listed as co-starter at placekicker and punter...Primary kicker in nine of 12 games, making 9-of-12 on field goals, 37-of-40 on PATs...Served as primary punter in final six games...Punted 36 times for 43.1 average with 13 punts of 50-plus yards; 16 punts inside 20 and seven punts inside 10... Handling 76 kickoffs in 2012, with 61.6 average and 25 touchbacks
Orange & White Spring Game:  hit field goals of 42, 52 & 36 yards; averaged 42.8 yards on four punts placing two inside the 20 yard line
"Surprisingly, quite a few things have changed. Coach Jones was sticking his finger in the earhole of my helmet today. He wants me to stay focused. He's just trying to distract me. He'll go and slap my helmet and call me different names, so it's fun and it's good and it keeps me real focused.... I've never experienced a practice or any kind of situation like that ever before, and I think it's good. I think it's going to benefit us a lot in the kicking game. A lot of pressure's put on us, a lot of pressure's put on me and I put a lot of pressure on myself, so I think that Coach Jones has a done a pretty good job at trying to keep us focused and make sure that we execute the way that we're supposed to."
Kicker: George Bullock, freshman (Knoxville, TN / West HS)
2012: Redshirt season after suffering a broken leg in preseason training camp...Returned to practice late in the season
High school:  Scout: 3-star (No. 9 overall kicker...As a senior, made 7-of-10 field goals, including a long of 51...Also made 47-of-50 PATs and 79 percent of kickoffs went for touchbacks
Kicker/punter: Derrick Brodus, junior (Maryville, TN / Alcoa HS)
2012: Started in 3 games... Tied Tennessee record for most kicking points in a game with 17 vs. Akron (9/22) on 4-4 FGs and 5-5 PATs (Tied Alex Walls 2002, Fuad Reveiz 1982 and Alan Duncan 1978)... 6-of-7 overall along with 12-of-14 on PATs for 30 points
Kicker: Patrick Toole, sophomore (Walkill, NY / Walkill HS / Temple / Eric CC)
Joined Vols as a walk-on for Spring 2013
High school: Three-year letterwinner at placekicker and punter...2010 second-team All-State selection...Tied the school record for long field goal with a 47-yarder...Recorded the most touchbacks in a season and career in school history
"Most of the summer I have been rehabbing a stress fracture in my right leg, but I was still able to lift with the team everyday. But now I have been running and kicking for a few weeks now. I've have been working with Adam Tanalski and the Hammer Kicking Academy to get myself back into kicking form. I am just trying to get back into the swing of things to prepare for this upcoming season. I want to keep building off a strong first spring here, and keep working on the things I can get better at each day."
Punter: Matt Darr, junior (Bakersfield, CA / Frontier HS)
2012:  Began year as starting punter...Did not punt in final six games, last punt came at Mississippi State ...Punted 16 times 39.0 average with six punts inside 20
Orange & White Spring Game:  averaged 42.2 yards on four punts placing one inside the 20 yard line
Punter: Trevor Daniel, freshman (Dickson, TN / Dickson County HS) 
High school: Rated three-star by Scout (No. 48 overall tight end)...Was a three year letterwinner on the football team, a member of the basketball team for four, the soccer team for two and the baseball team for two
"I've been lifting and conditioning and working on my punting. My plans are to work hard and get more consistent."
Punter/kicker: Ryan Ault, freshman (Brentwood, TN / Brentwood HS)
High school: Saw action as a punter, placekicker and kickoff specialist...Averaged 33.7 yards as a senior with 12 punts inside the 20-yard line
Orange & White Spring Game:  hit a 44 yard punt
"This summer I have been focusing on building strength not only in my lower body but my upper body as well. Our strength staff has done an outstanding job this year and I attribute all of my success to them. Also, I have been working on the little things involved in punting. The little things referring to steps and drops as well as putting all that together and going out and punting. However, during the summer I lighten the load because in the summer I use that time to focus on getting in better shape and then towards the end of summer as fall camp approaches I increase the amount of kicking a bit. One of my goals for this season is to become a more consistent and reliable player for my team whenever they call for me."
Long snapper: J.R. Carr, senior (Lomita, CA / South Torrance HS)
Former walk-on, spent 2012 season as Vols starting deep snapper on both kicks and punts for all 12 games
Long snapper: Matt Giampapa, sophomore (Jackson, TN / Univ. School of Jackson / Michigan State)
2011: Lettered as a freshman at Michigan State as the Spartans starting long snapper
Long snapper: Andrew Henry, sophomore (Gallatin, TN / Station Camp)
Walk-on with the Vols, part of the squad in Fall 2011

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