Extra points no sure thing for Vols this season

Associated Press Modified: October 4, 2012 at 1:47 pm •  Published: October 4, 2012
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"We can't miss (four) PATs because it's going to incite furor by everybody, including my kids," Dooley said. "Then you look and we're 8 for 10 in five games on field goals and that's pretty good. Eighty percent. Isn't that true? We never say that, though. We just say we missed (four) PATs."

Dooley cites a combination of factors that may have caused Palardy's early-season issues.

"There's some technical things from his technique that he can improve on and change that lends itself to a low trajectory," Dooley said. "And what happens is if you don't have the right mindset, then the technical flaw gets compounded. Now you have a breakdown in your swing. I keep equating it to golf. When you top a ball, what happens? Is it your technical swing? Is it your mindset? Is it your eyes? It's usually a combination of a lot of things. For the pros, when they do that, it's probably a mental thing. For us amateurs, it's probably both."

Tennessee's staff doesn't include an assistant who exclusively coaches kickers. Coiner has worked with special teams units for much of a coaching career that has lasted about three decades, but he isn't a former kicker himself. Dooley also is heavily involved in the coaching of Tennessee's kickers.

Dooley continued using a golf analogy as he described the relationship between a kicker and coach.

"Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson, they get it where they need a guy to just say, 'Look right there. Watch this,'" Dooley said. "That's what you hope for your kickers. They understand it, and you're there to point it out a little bit. Most kickers, they learn their trade. You're there to kind of assist them a little bit with their practice structure, help with their mental approach and that sort of thing."

Palardy has learned plenty from Tennessee's extra-point struggles. Now he's ready to correct the problem.

"All those missed kicks are in our past now," Palardy said. "We can't worry about it. Go on to the next game and get better every day."