Quarterback isn’t the only spot on the Tennessee Volunteers’ roster that’s up for grabs. The much publicized battle between Jarrett Guarantano and Quinten Dormady has dominated the headlines, but Tennessee head coach Butch Jones is just as interested in the kicking battle.
“To me that’s as big of a competition as the quarterback position, especially in a game like this where points are at a premium and field position is so critical,” Jones said.
Jones is referring to the battle between senior Aaron Medley and freshman Brent Cimaglia. The Tennessee head coach has been very open about calling this a competition, despite the fact that Medley has been in the program for so long.
Jones continued today saying, “Aaron Medley is being pushed every day by Cimaglia. Everything is charted — and not just from a field goal kicking standpoint, but also from a kickoff standpoint as well.”
“That’s another competition that will probably go right down to game day,” Jones said.
Butch even threw out a two kicker scenario. “We may kick two kickers based on the distance of a field goal that we’re attempting,” Jones said.
Medley has a career long of 47 yards, but has seen his percentages dip since his freshman season. As Jimmy Hyams points out, Medley’s numbers really fall out outside of 40 yards.
Jones said UT might have a long and short FG kicker, with— Jimmy Hyams (@JimmyHyams) August 30, 2017
sr. Aaron Medley and frosh Brent Cimaglia. Medley 9x25 FGA outside 40 yards
This is another position to follow on Monday night against Georgia Tech.