With under a week left until the UT football season kicks off against
Wyoming, the Volunteers are still looking to answer a few questions about
some key positions.
On Saturday, UT head coach Philip Fulmer took a big step in answering one
of those questions when he announced that senior Robert Loudermilk will
begin the season as the Volunteer place-kicker. The announcement comes
after the Vols wrapped up their annual kicking practice, brushing up on
their special teams and the kicking game in particular.
"Robert Loudermilk has moved ahead for the job right now," Fulmer
"He is probably going to be named our No. 1 guy right away. He has shown
good consistency and we think he'll do a good job for us."
Although Loudermilk seems to have a leg up in the place-kicking race,
Fulmer says that others have looked good in practice and are still being
looked at for the position.
"Alex Walls is going to give him good competition," Fulmer said, "and I am
not discouraged by the progress of the other guys, Chip Walters and Steven
Loudermilk is happy with the position he is in and knows that he and the UT
special teams will do well once given the opportunity to step on the
"I am anxious to get things going," Loudermilk said. "I am confident in my
ability... it's just a matter of getting out there and doing it on the
Loudermilk, a senior from Brentwood, said that despite the kicking unit's
lack of game experience, they are ready to play.
"I have worked with Kevin (Gregory) and (Benson) Scott for a couple of
years now," Loudermilk said. "We feel like we are ready to go out and get
the job done."
"We have a good kicking situation here right now," Fulmer said. "Next thing
we're going to do is see how they do in the game."
Fulmer called the Saturday kicking practice very important for several
"It was a very important day for us," Fulmer said. "We come out and that's
all we meet about, all we think about, all we work on. It also gives the
kids a chance to get their legs back a little bit and get ready for next
The Vols' legs will be getting a heavy workout this week, as the team will
engage in a full week of practice in preparation for the opener Saturday
Loudermilk named place-kicker
Published: Tue Aug 31, 1999 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 02:03 p.m.