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UT “Frathouse” Kicker A Great Story, But…

There was a great story in the SEC this past weekend and by now you’ve surely heard about it.  Derrick Brodus, walk-on kicker at Tennessee, was summoned to Neyland Stadium less than hour before kickoff and hit three extra points and a 21-yard field goal in the Vols’ 24-0 win over MTSU.

After the game, Derek Dooley joked that he was glad that Brodus hadn’t been imbibing on his frathouse’s couch that afternoon.  Brodus sheepishly pointed out that he’s not quite 21 yet.

For Brodus, it’s a great story.  He’s quickly become a folk hero among UT fans.  But one former Tennessee player pointed out to me on Sunday that the issue might not really be so funny.  Here’s why:

1.  Tennessee’s top kicker — Michael Palardy — was injured on Thursday and did not dress for the game.

2.  Backup kicker Chip Rhome was expected to be UT’s kicker on Saturday night, but he pulled a muscle during pregame warmups.

3.  Dooley then had someone track down Brodus.  The Vols found him at his frathouse and a police escort got him to the stadium on time.

4.  But why did Tennessee not — with an unlimited home roster — have Brodus dressed out and in the stadium to serve as Rhome’s backup?

What would have happened if Brodus hadn’t been near a phone?  What would have happened if Rhome had pulled a muscle during the game?

A big deal?  Maybe not.  But big enough for one ex-Vol to ask me why Dooley didn’t have three kickers in the stadium if he knew Palardy had been hurt on Thursday.

 


21 comments
jake
jake

should have chosen me

William Rauhuff
William Rauhuff

Derek Dooley is a nice guy but sometimes I wonder if he is in over his head. He cannot go 6-6 this year and win 7-8 next year it will get interesting to see if he is allowed to stay. I hope he makes it but man I am tired of losing week after week.

john
john

Slow day if this is making headlines.

Barrett
Barrett

OK Mr SEC,
How many servers do you have backing up your site in case the main one crashes?
How many people do you have ready to write opinions and update links in case you get in an accident on the way to work and cant update the site?
A big deal? Maybe not. But big enough for one reader to ask Mr SEC about it.

Kris Kepley
Kris Kepley

Like I said, maybe Brodus didn't want to dress, seeing as he had no reason to think he was going to have to kick, and wanted to watch the Bama-LSU game. He doesn't have to dress if he doesn't want to.

They can dress as many as they want for non-conference games, but with SEC games, they are limited in how many they can dress. So I don't know if they'll have 3 placekickers dressed or not. Depends on how Palardy does this week.

Mike
Mike

So.... this is what it has come to Pennington? Now it has become fashionable with you media types to question Dooley on every little turn of the wheel. I hate to have to gloss over this crap for another 2 months. How long will it be before you start on Martin?

Kris Kepley
Kris Kepley

I can guess which former Vol is being referenced in this article, and he's been anti-Dooley the entire time. This is ridiculous. Dooley has said, multiple times, that Palardy told the coaches he was going to be able to go on Saturday night. Then after warmups he said he couldn't. Rhome didn't get hurt until 30 minutes before the game. And this is Dooley's fault how? Brodus doesn't have to dress out, if he doesn't want to. He has been quoted as saying he was only going to watch the first half of the UT game and then watch the Alabama-LSU game. Maybe he just didn't want to dress, as he, and every other UT coach, had been given the impression that the two kickers in front of him on the depth chart were going to be fine.

Quit reaching for ways to criticize Dooley.

Wes
Wes

Funny, Dooley gets hammered for all kinds of things that are somewhat out of his control. He makes a genuine major mistake here and he's not called on it until now.

UGAFan
UGAFan

As a UGA fan, I'm not one to defend a Vile, but I think that Dooley thought that Palardy was going to answer the bell. Between Palardy and Rhome, he actually lost 2 kickers in the pre-game.

Also, I wonder how much of this was actually scripted. C'mon, a "not quite 21" year old male at a college fraternity house on a Saturday not having a drink? I think that UT already had their backup plan in place JIC things got interesting...

Joe
Joe

good comment by the "Ex Vol" I am supportive of Dooley but it gets harder each week- pretty strong groundswell of people really questioning his ability

MemphisVol1485
MemphisVol1485

Palardy was dressed for the game. By all accounts, he was supposed to be ready for the game.

Gator
Gator

Isn't the punter typically a backup kicker as well?

When Sturgis went down injured last year at UF, it was our Punter Chas Henry that stepped in to kick field goals/extra points.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

john...

Must be slow, 'cause it's been making headlines for two days across national publications.

Thanks for reading ours,
John

Southern_Guy
Southern_Guy

Have you been under a rock for the last few years? Media People have been bashing Coaches for several years, just read John Adams or David Climer columns. Not to mention everyone else on sports talk radio and in Blogs. The difference is Media Members get paid to critique. That is there job. I would bet Dooley and other coaches wishes it would go back to being just media, now before the game is over 200 bloggers are telling people what you did wrong.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

Kris Kepley...

The player's point was this -- if you can dress out 100+ players at home, why only have two kickers dressed? Especially when one was hurt on Thursday (whether he said he'd be ready to go or not)?

Betcha the Vols will have three kickers dressed out in two weeks when Vanderbilt visits Knoxville.

(For the record, as is the case with every other school in the league, I don't know a whole lot of ex-players who are "anti" their head coach. Just because someone makes a statement you don't like, that doesn't make them "anti" anything. In this case it shows that the player has an open mind.)

Thanks for reading,
John

clockwatcher
clockwatcher

This is basically what CDD said. You can dig bit into the story and not just look for a negative...

He didn't dress out 3 PKs all season. Top 2 should have been ready to go.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

Mike and Southern Guy...

I wrote that a former Tennessee football player wondered why Derek Dooley didn't have multiple kickers dressed out for the game. Especially knowing that one of those kickers had had some type of injury just two days prior.

If simply relaying a former player's observation is way, way over the line for you... then you'd probably best not turn on your TVs, radios or computers. Because most coaches get a lot more criticism than that. Heck, I take more criticism than that.

John

clockwatcher
clockwatcher

But he had 3 PK in the depth chart already dressed. Darr is the 3rd string PK. They didn't want to use him for all kicking assignments, because of the stress kick-offs cause.
You can dress every practice team member, but but it would not be practical.
I understand you are trying to have another angle on this story, but it is ignoring key points.

Rick
Rick

The problem with your reasoning on how many players are "anti" their coach is the term "their coach". Dooley has not been in Knoxville long enough to have any ex players. And as you well know there are many factions of players that still believe that Phil Fulmer should still be the coach and remain loyal to him to the death. This is one of many problems facing Dooley and AD Hart, there are too many factions in Knoxville with differnt agendas among Vol fans and within the AD. Surely you know this

clockwatcher
clockwatcher

"But big enough for one ex-Vol to ask me why Dooley didn’t have three kickers in the stadium if he knew Palardy had been hurt on Thursday."

...but CDD answered this question before your story. His answer was basically Darr is the 3rd sting PK, but he didn't want to stress Darr's leg on kick offs unless he had no other choice. Listen to the Monday presser.

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

clockwater...

I'm not trying to have another angle. I thought a former Tennessee player raised an interesting question.

Thanks for reading,
John

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