Ranking the Vols, Unit by Unit
Once again Tennessee finds itself in a year of transition. New players will be depended upon as the Volunteers try to achieve their first winning season since 2009. Despite the recent downtrend, there are positives to point to. Here is a ranking of the Vols by unit:
9. Special Teams
Senior Michael Palardy has struggled on the field as he’s struggled to stay healthy throughout his career. There’s a good chance he’ll have to handle place kicking, kickoffs and punting this season. That could put more of a strain on his body. He maintains he’s stronger and knows not to overtrain.
Junior Derrick Brodus has shown some flashes but hasn’t had the opportunity to prove that he’s consistent as a placekicker. Junior Matt Darr has struggled with a 38.4-yard-per-punt average during his career.
Special teams coach Mark Elder maintains that UT has enough athletes on its roster to be solid on special teams. That remains to be seen. In order to help UT’s special team players, coaches have simplified the Vols’ coverage and return units.