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Tennessee Kicker Goes From Sitting on Couch to Kicking in Game Within an Hour

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Adam Brimer, News Sentinel

Derrick Brodus was sitting on his couch on fraternity row on the campus of the University of Tennessee when he got the call of a lifetime. It was the football team in need of a kicker.

You see, starting placekicker Michael Palardy injured himself at practice during the week. Head Coach Derek Dooley thought that Palardy would be good to go for the game on Saturday night against Middle Tennessee State.

Not so much. He was a no go.

That only left one kicker on the roster, Chip Rhome. What happened next? Rhome pulls a muscle during warm-ups!

With an hour till kick-off, Coach Dooley and his staff could’ve pushed the panic button. Instead they called fraternity row and got a hold of the aforementioned Derrick Brodus.

“I thought it was a dream. I was just laying down on the couch relaxing. I answered the phone and they just told me to come to the stadium as soon as possible,” said Brodus.

Brodus was part of a two-time state championship team at Alcoa High School. He was also an all-state soccer player.

The fairy tale ended happily as Brodus suited up just in time and proceeded to connect on all three of his extra point attempts and a 21 yard field goal as time expired in the first half.

No word on if he’ll remain a member of the team. Whatever happens from here on out, this is one hecuva tale!

“It’s a great story,” Dooley said. “I’m going to write a book one day about the things that have happened to me in the last two years.

[Go Vols Xtra]




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