Since 2008, the Tennessee Vols have been a consistently bad team for different reasons. The most consistent factor contributing to Tennessee's lack of success has been kicking.
First, it was Daniel Lincoln. Lincoln not only missed game deciding field goals, but he was, at times, in-capable of connecting on PATs.
The Vols then recruited the No. 1 overall high school kicker in the country, St. Thomas Aquinas' Michael Palardy. Since joining the Vols, Palardy has done little to avoid negative comparisons to Lincoln.
In fact, Palardy's kicking has been so bad that the Vols took Derrick Brodus literally off of a fraternity house couch and decided to start him at kicker hours before a game in 2011. Not that Brodus has been very consistent either, but enough so to gain a scholarship from the team.
Andrew Gantz, the No. 8 overall high school kicker according to 247sports.com, has agreed to take a preferred walk-on offer to join the Vols. Gantz may be the frontrunner in this competition, unless Palardy can prove to Butch Jones something he has yet to prove to Tennessee fans and former coaches.