Palardy getting ready to kick for the Vols

It's not a top secret issue when it comes to one future Tennessee Volunteer. No one expects true freshman kicker Michael Palardy to redshirt, and no one expects him to ride the pine this fall. When will Palardy arrive in Knoxville? What are his expecations for this fall? Go "Inside" for those answers and many more.

It's not a top secret issue when it comes to one future Tennessee Volunteer.

No one expects true freshman kicker Michael Palardy to redshirt, and no one expects him to ride the pine this fall.

In fact, most feel that he will compete for the starting job for at least two of the kicking duties, if not all three.

Scout.com's No. 1 kicker in the country has graduated from high school and is now focused on his future at Tennessee.

While a lot of incoming freshmen will report to Knoxville next week to enroll in the first summer session, the talented special teams' player won't be one of them.

"I will be staying in Florida, working out with my personal kicking coach, preparing for the next stage of my life," Palardy told InsideTennessee.com Tuesday night. "I have spoken to Coach (Derek) Dooley in depth about what's my best approach this summer and everyone agrees that staying in Florida the first summer session will benefit me the most."

Palardy is now just excited about moving on to the next level of his life.

"It's unbelievable," Palardy said. "It feels like I'm in a rush to get up there. It really hasn't hit me yet that high school is over and that college is in my near future."

Palardy plans on leaving Florida around the Fourth of July and get moved in for the second summer session.

"I will be more prepared for the second summer session by staying in Florida the first session," Palardy noted. "It's my goal and my intentions to come in ready to play right away. I'm going to make sure I'm mentally and physically ready to play."

Currently, Palardy is kicking three to four times a week and working out at a gym at least two to three times a week.

"I'm staying very busy," Palardy said with a laugh. "I'm just trying to enjoy my time I have left while getting ready at the same time."

One thing that is important to the talented kicker is to prove something to himself and everyone else.

"I definitely want to come in and live up to the high expectations everyone, including myself, has set up," Palardy said. "I want to hit those expectations full speed and end up passing them up by the end of the fall."

Has Palardy been keeping in contact with the Tennessee coaching staff?

"Almost every day, in fact I just got off the phone with them this morning," Palardy said. "We just talked about my graduation and my summer plans. They seem very excited about getting me to Knoxville."

It appears that Palardy is already bleeding orange.

"I can't wait to be a Vol," Palardy said. "I know this is where I'm meant to be, I'm Orange and White, there is no doubt about it. I'm a Volunteer."


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