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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Tennessee Volunteers Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


August 23, 2014 - kicking competition
"Whether the Volunteers turn to redshirt sophomore George Bullock or freshman Aaron Medley in the season opener against Utah State might not be known until shortly before kickoff of the game in eight days. Second-year Tennessee coach Butch Jones conceded the battle between Bullock and Medley is 'ongoing' after practice on a steaming Friday afternoon at Haslam Field. 'Would I have liked for it to have become a little more crystal clear? Absolutely, but that's not where we're at right now,' the coach said. 'They're still pushing each other,' Jones added, 'but we'll see which one has more competitive character, which will be our kicker. It'll be ongoing. Whoever starts the Utah State [game], it doesn't give them the right and privilege to start against Arkansas State'." - Times Free Press

August 7, 2014 - all new
"In 2013, Michael Palardy kicked off every ball for Tennessee. He dropped back to boom away every punt. He lined up for every field goal and extra point. It was a heavy load for a player that coach Butch Jones referred to as the team MVP, one that will require more than one person to replace him. Combined with the loss of long snapper J.R. Carr and holder Tyler Drummer, Tennessee will have to replace all of its specialists in the kicking game, a daunting task. Even if the departing unit was comprised of just three players, it will take more to replace them and their experience on the field. 'It goes unnoticed,' Jones said on not just replacing his kicker, but also the entire unit. 'The long snapper is critical, they set the temperament for the punter. For our kicker, everything is about the snap, the hold, the kick.' The competition is strong. Redshirt senior Matt Darr brings experience to the punting battle. Redshirt sophomore George Bullock has been in the program for two years, but has yet to see game action after a leg injury suffered in preseason camp in 2012. Freshman Aaron Medley comes to campus after being a pupil of former Vol kicker James Wilhoit." - The Chattanoogan

July 5, 2014 - new specialists
"Who will handle the three positions Michael Palardy left vacant when he graduated?... Shiny, new toys are always fun, and Aaron Medley was ranked the No. 6 kicker prospect nationally in the 2014 247Composite. Medley has the ability to handle all three kicking jobs but definitely will compete for the place-kicking and kickoff specialist jobs, and he crushed so many kickoffs off the brick wall behind the end zone in Neyland Stadium in a camp that Vols coach Butch Jones named it “Medley’s Wall.” When Matt Darr hits the ball well, it’s easy to see why he was so highly regarded coming out of high school. George Bullock’s leg and confidence continue to bounce back from his unfortunate leg fracture. Derrick Brodus has made kicks in games before and has been reliable from inside 40 yards. Troy Waites was a nice get as a walk-on punter and could get himself in the mix at some point." - 247Sports

June 23, 2014 - punter Tommy Townsend commits
Townsend, the brother of Florida Gators sophomore Johnny Townsend, just received a scholarship offer from the Vols on Wednesday. He wasted no time in pulling the trigger, picking Tennessee over offers from Colorado and Baylor.... ownsend also camped at UT on June 6 during a whirlwind tour of college campuses that led him to Florida, Florida State, Stetson (Penn State), Auburn and Arkansas, just to name a few. Townsend, the No. 1-ranked punter in the country by KohlsKicking.com, was the top 2015 kicker at the Kohls 2013 Orlando Training Camp in June. He averaged about 39 yards per punt last season." - Orlando Sentinel

May 30, 2014 - roster updates, walk-ons
Walk-ons who participated in spring practice are no longer on the roster:
- Long snapper Andrew Henry, a fourth-year junior from Gallatin.
- Punter Trevor Daniel, a second-year player from Dickson.
New walk-ons:
- No. 35 Troy Waites, a punter from Hattiesburg, Miss. - Knoxblogs - Evan's Eleven

April 30, 2014 - roster updates
"Two Tennessee walk-on specialists appear to be moving on. Redshirt freshman long-snapper Danny Finch and junior punter Patrick Toole are no longer listed on the Vols’ official roster.... Finch, a native of Maryville, redshirted last season. Toole, from Walkill, N.Y., came to Knoxville last season from Erie (N.Y.) Community College and Temple University." - Knoxblogs

March 29, 2014 - spring scrimmage kicking
"With the graduated Michael Palardy watching from the stands, coach Butch Jones liked what he saw from sophomore George Bullock in a few pressure-packed situations. 'It was great to see George come out and play winning football,' Jones said. 'The mark of any good kicker is consistency in performance. He made some long field goals in some pressure type situations today. He got great height on the football so it was great to see that'." - The Chattanoogan

March 26, 2014 - spring practice update
"Fifth-year senior Matt Darr, a highly rated punter out of California who was not a favorite of Jones due to his inconsistency in practice last season, is in line to handle Tennessee's punting duties, and George Bullock and walk-on Derrick Brodus are atop the mix to handle place-kicking duties. Some walk-ons also are getting looks this spring, and freshman Aaron Medley, one of the nation's highest-ranked specialists in the 2014 class, will arrive in the summer. Bullock, out of West High School in Knoxville, redshirted in 2012 after breaking his leg in an August practice and did not get any action last season, and he's been wildly inconsistent so far this spring. In Tennessee's second practice, he missed five straight kicks from around 45 yards out, and in the Vols' scrimmage before spring break, Bullock hit a 41-yard field goal before bouncing a 34-yarder off the upright. 'I'm just trying to get a lot of work with my snapper and holder,' he said. 'I'm trying to work a lot getting the timing down. I had a problem of actually going too fast, and that doesn't me quite as much time to see the ball before I hit. I'm just trying to get consistency'." - Chattanooga Times Free Press

March 8, 2014 - long snapper Riley Lovingood commits
"Riley Lovingood still remembers falling asleep in former Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer’s chair as a young child while his father, Jeff Lovingood, served as the Vols’ chaplain under Fulmer. His older brother, Trevor, and his uncle, John, also ran through the “T” as student managers at Tennessee under former coach Johnny Majors and Derek Dooley. On Saturday, Riley Lovingood decided to continue his family tradition. The junior long snapper from Beech High School in Hendersonville, Tenn., committed to Tennessee on Saturday while attending the Vols’ junior day after receiving his first scholarship offer from them just five days earlier, giving coach Butch Jones’ staff its eighth commitment for the 2015 class. The 6-foot-1, 240-pound Lovingood chose Tennessee over interest from Auburn, Clemson and Georgia, among others." - 247sports

February 5, 2014 - kicker Aaron Medley signs 
"The transformation of Michael Palardy in one year under this UT’s new staff was remarkable. Unfortunately for Tennessee fans, Palardy was a senior and must now be replaced. Medley comes in with high acclaim and lots of skill, which is good, because he will likely be relied upon as a true freshman. Medley also had Oklahoma and Texas A&M offers. Medley has been coached by former UT kicker James Wilhoit, who raves about his star pupil. Medley has the leg strength and accuracy that the Vols will need immediately. It would hardly be a surprise if he’s UT’s starting kicker in the 2014 season opener." - Tennessee Sports Radio

January 28, 2014 - punter Troy Waites commits
"Presbyterian Christian School punter/kicker Troy Waites verbally committed to Tennessee Tuesday afternoon. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound prospect picked the Volunteers over interest from Vanderbilt. Tennessee first became aware of Waites through former kicker James Wilhoit, who was Waites’ kicking coach in Nashville. That prompted Tennessee special teams coach Mark Elder to take a look at him and he walked away impressed when Waites hit punts of 70-plus yards during a workout, according to Presbyterian Christian coach Joey Hawkins. 'He’s just an amazing athlete,' Hawkins said. 'He can thunder a punt. He has a high ceiling.' Waites was both a punter and kicker this year at Presbyterian Christian, but Tennessee primarily recruited him as a punter. The plan is for Waites to walk on next year and then have a good chance of being on scholarship the rest of his career. He also thinks he’ll have a chance to earn some academic money after scoring a 31 on his ACT." - Clarion Ledger

January 28, 2014 - long snapper Wesley Horky commits as invited walk-on
"Horky, Tennessee’s latest commitment, is different from the other prospects that recruiting fans are well informed of. Horky isn’t a blue-chip prospect. He’s not even been offered a scholarship by the Vols. Still, he’ll attend UT as an invited walk-on in 2014 even though some prospects would consider that insulting. Horky we’ll get the gear. He’ll get to say he’s actually on the team. However, he’ll also have to pay his own tuition and hope he’s placed on scholarship one day. If Horky can become UT’s long snapper, the Vols will surely place him on scholarship. That will be at least a year before he’ll get the full ride that his fellow commitments have been awarded. In terms of accuracy and ball velocity, Horky will likely be the best long snapper on UT’s team as soon as he arrives on campus. That doesn’t mean he’ll be the Vols’ starting quarterback immediately. The 6-foot-2 Horky weighs just 210 pounds. He’ll need to add a considerable amount of weight to play on the line in the SEC." - Tennessee Sports Radio

1 comment:

Cam Davis said...

Any news on Santos kicking Field goals?

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