Oct. 21, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- After kicking the first game-winning field goal of his life, senior Michael Palardy was honored as the SEC Special Teams Player of the Week and named a Lou Groza Star Of The Week.
University of Tennessee senior Michael Palardy kicked the first game-winning field goal of his career as time expired Saturday and gave the Vols a 23-21 upset of #11 South Carolina in SEC action in Knoxville. The 19-yarder enabled the Vols to snap a 19-game losing streak against ranked opponents. Not only was it Palardy's first game-winner, the kick was Tennessee's first since 2004. The Coral Springs, Fla. native also connected from 37 and 33 yards and made both his extra point attempts. He has not missed in 27 PAT tries this season. In addition to serving as the team's punter, Palardy leads the Vols in scoring with 51 points.
Palardy is the Vols' first SEC Special Teams Player of the Week since Cordarrelle Patterson earned the honor on Oct. 15, 2012 after his performance at Mississippi State. The last Vols' kicker to earn the honor was Daniel Lincoln on Oct. 27, 2007 after making the winning kick to beat South Carolina in overtime.
College football's top kicking award, the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award presented by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission recognizes three of the top kickers each week from FBS division teams as the "Stars of the Week."
Palardy was joined by Florida State freshman kicker Roberto Aguayo and Missouri sophomore Andrew Baggett as the Groza Stars Of the Week.
The Lou Groza Award will be presented as part of the ESPN Home Depot College Football Awards in Orlando, Fla. on Thursday, December 12th. The three finalists will be honored at the 22nd Annual Lou Groza Awards Banquet on Tuesday, December 10th at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. For more information on the Lou Groza Award, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, and to vote for your favorite Star of the Week, visit www.LouGrozaAward.com.