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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Tennessee Volunteers Kicker, Punter & Snapper News

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April 25, 2015 - spring game
"Although he missed a 33-yard field goal, kicker Aaron Medley showed his leg strength by making a 55-yarder." - Gadsden Times

April 8, 2015 - punter Nathan Renfro transfers from Maryland
"One of Tennessee's positions of need this offseason was punter following the departure of Matt Darr. The Vols will get some help there with the arrival of former Brentwood Academy All-State punter Nathan Renfro. Brentwood Academy coach Cody White confirmed that Renfro, who spent the last four seasons at Maryland, will transfer to Tennessee for his final year of eligibility. Renfro averaged more than 41 yards per punt last season for Maryland. Tennessee signed another punter, high-school senior Tommy Townsend, in February." - Tennessean

February 4, 2015 - kicker Laszlo Toser, punter Tommy Townsend & long snapper Riley Lovingood sign
"Laszlo Toser, Ooltewah, Tenn., Ooltewah H.S. - 2014 TSSAA Kicker of the Year at Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Awards, Honored as 5A District and Regional Kicker and Punter of the Year, Ranked No. 1 kicker in the state of Tennessee by Kohl's Kicking' Kohl's All-American in 2014, Class 5A All-State selection as a senior in 2014, In 2014, made 15-of-20 field goals and 53-of-54 PATs as a senior
Kicked 72 of 79 kickoffs for touchbacks, Helped Owls to perfect 10-0 record in 2014 regular-season as a senior, As a junior in 2013, made 3-of-5 field goals and 48-of-50 PATs... Tommy Townsend, Orlando, Fla., Boone H.S. - Starred as a punter and also played safety for the Braves, Played in 2015 U.S. Army All-American Game in San Antonio, Rated No. 1 punter by Chris Sailer Kicking, Rated the No. 3 punter by KohlsKicking in 2015, In 2014 as a senior, averaged 43.0 yards per punt, As a junior, averaged 39.0 yards per punt...
Riley Lovingood, Hendersonville, Tenn., Beech Senior H.S. - Served as long snapper in Beech's 2012 Tennessee State Championship, Invited to the 2014 Rubio Long Snapping Top 12 Camp in Los Angeles, Attended the 2013 11th Annual National Kicking and Snapping Event in Las Vegas, Named co-MVP at the June 2013 Tennessee Special Teams Camp." - Volunteers

February 2, 2015 - kicker Laszlo Toser commits as preferred walk-on
"Ooltewah place-kicker Laszlo Toser, selected as the Mr. Football Kicker of the Year by the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association, has decided to become a preferred walk-on kicker at the University of Tennessee.... Toser chose to walk-on at Tennessee rather than Alabama.... A Kohl’s Kicking Camp honorable mention All-America field-goal specialist, Toser chose the Vols after taking official visits to both campuses. Toser was superb throughout his senior season, setting a school record with a 52-yard field goal against Bradley Central. The Owls won their first 11 games before running into Rhea County’s Golden Eagles. He was successful on 15-of-20 field-goal attempts this season. He made 50-of-50 extra point and put 70-of-77 kickoffs into or through the end zone." - Chattanoogan

November 1, 2014 - Aaron Medley kicks OT game winner over South Carolina
"Tennessee scored three touchdowns in the final 1:50 to tie the game and Aaron Medley kicked a 32-yard field goal in overtime to give the Volunteers a spine-tingling, 45-42, victory over the South Carolina Gamecocks on Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium.... The drive stalled, but Medley came through with what proved to be the game-winning field goal. Medley had missed twice from 43 and 45 yards earlier at the other end of the field, kicking into a swirling wind that pushed everything to the left. 'That was a special moment,' Medley said. 'It meant everything. It was a great program win. I screamed so much after the game I lost my voice'." - Chattanoogan

September 11, 2014 - kicking competition ongoing
Aaron Medley and George Bullock were neck-and-neck for the role of Tennessee's place kicker during fall practice, and while the freshman Medley started the first two games for the Vols, the competition is far from over. Medley has looked uncomfortable at times this year, and special teams coach Mark Elder insisted the kicking job may still be up for grabs. 'Competition is always ongoing here at Tennessee,' Elder said. 'With everything that we're doing, there is always going to be competition. The guy that is performing the best is gonna be the one that is gonna be out there.' Medley has been inconsistent on his few field goal attempts, making 3-of-5 kicks so far, but he has managed to connect on all nine of his PAT attempts this season.... During Tennessee's opening win over Utah State, Medley suffered an ankle injury, allowing Bullock to claim the kickoff duties in last week's game with Arkansas State." - Daily Beacon

September 2, 2014 - punter Matt Darr expected to play this week
"After what looked to be a gruesome injury, Tennessee punter Matt Darr will likely play against Arkansas State. During his weekly press conference, head coach Butch Jones confirmed that his starting punter would participate in practice Tuesday and should be ready for Saturday’s game against Arkansas State. 'Matt Darr will be at practice today,' Jones said. 'He will be fine. He just rolled his ankle. He will go through punt period and practice.' Darr took an awkward fall following a punt in the 4th quarter of Tennessee’s 38-7 victory over Utah State Sunday." - Saturday Down South

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, 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