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Extra points no sure thing for Vols this season

1:05 PM, Oct 4, 2012   |    comments
Nov 5, 2011; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers kicker Derrick Brodus (26) kicks a field goal as punter Matt Darr (5) holds during the game against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee won 24 to 0. Credit: Randy Sartin-US PRESSWIRE
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- One of the simplest plays in football is anything but automatic for Tennessee.

Tennessee already has missed four extra-point attempts this season, which represents its highest total since 1975. The only Football Bowl Subdivision program that has missed more extra points this year is Fresno State with five. Purdue also has four missed extra points.

Switching kickers didn't solve the Volunteers' problems. Michael Palardy lost his job after missing an extra point in each of Tennessee's first two games. Derrick Brodus replaced him and missed extra points in two of the Vols' next three games.

Palardy kicked Tennessee's final extra point last week in a 51-44 loss to No. 5 Georgia and is expected to regain the job Oct. 13 when the Vols play at No. 20 Mississippi State.

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