This is a great story. After running out of kickers during pre-game warmups, the Tennessee Vols made a call to Derrick Brodus who was getting ready to watch the game on television from his frat house. The walk-on freshman was their only viable kicker at the moment. A police escort was sent, and Brodus was taken to the stadium.
“I thought it was a dream,” Brodus said. “I was just laying on my couch relaxing and I answer my phone and they just tell me that I need to come to the stadium as soon as possible.”
Dooley’s comments on the event are even better:
“[Rhome] went out there like the kickers do before pregame and they all come back in a panic,” coach Derek Dooley recounted after the game. “I said ‘let’s get an APB out on Brodus.’ It’s a good thing he wasn’t having too much fun on a Saturday afternoon.
“I told the coaches, ‘Hey — an intoxicated Brodus is better than nobody. Get him. Just get him here. Give him a Breathalyzer.’ Fortunately he didn’t do anything bad.”
So, how’d he do? 3 for 3 on extra points and a 21-yard field goal. Not bad for a frat boy!
Here’s the post game interview: