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Palardy Looking Like Different Kicker This Spring

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Photo Credit: AP Tennessee punter Michael Palardy (1) has his punt blocked by Florida's Chris Rainey, Photo Credit: AP Tennessee punter Michael Palardy (1) has his punt blocked by Florida's Chris Rainey,

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- With all the focus on running better and developing a tougher, more aggressive defense, Tennessee's special teams quietly have had an up-and-down spring.

Very much like the 2011 season.

Tennessee coach Derek Dooley says kicker Michael Palardy "looks like a different guy out there" this spring.

That's good because Palardy battled inconsistency last year in 2011 while also sharing punting duties with Matt Darr. Palardy converted 9 of 14 field goals in 2011 but was just 3 of 7 from 40 yards and longer.

Both Palardy and Darr combined for a net punting average of 34.4 yards, ranking Tennessee 104th out of 120 FBS teams.

Devrin Young gave the return unit a spark after a broken right collarbone kept him out of the first three games.

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