Most teams have at least one game where the field goal kicker is the difference between a win and a loss, and the Tennessee Volunteers are no exception.
However, through two games this season, the Vols have kicked 12 extra points and zero field goals, with senior K Aaron Medley making all 12 of his attempts so far.
Because of that, according to 247Sports, coach Butch Jones said the Tennessee kicker position still hasn’t been fully decided, saying freshman Brent Cimaglia could see some action in the coming weeks, too:
“We’ve tried to put our kickers in a lot of situations, a lot of stressful situations, a lot of end-of-the-game situations,” Jones said. “A lot of those kicks that Aaron Medley had in the Georgia Tech game, even though they were extra points, they were significant extra points. There was some stress involved in those.
“And, again, it’s not just our kickers, but it’s our protection in extra-point/field-goal [situations]. We’ll continue to compete. We chart everything in practice, and it’s ongoing. Could I see two kickers playing at some point? Absolutely.
“I think both of them are doing a very, very good job, and I think right now with where they’re at in terms of distance-wise, their skills sets kind of compliment each other, as well.”
Clearly, the team feels most comfortable with Medley at the moment, but if he struggles once he has to start doing more than just kick extra points, Jones and the Vols could give Cimaglia a shot.
According to the 247Sports report, there’s speculation that Medley, who is accurate from short range, could handle field goals from 40 yards and closer, while the freshman could be used as a long-range specialist.