Tennessee coach Butch Jones backs beleaguered kicker: “He’s very resilient”
Following an 0-for-3 performance against Alabama, every Tennessee fan wants to know what to expect from place kicker Aaron Medley.
Medley has been the target of fan angst after the 19-14 loss to the Crimson Tide, mostly via social media. Tennessee coach Butch Jones was asked about his sophomore kicker’s mental approach to practice this week.
“I’ve been watching for that,” Jones said during his weekly Wednesday press conference. “He’s been very, very consistent. He has not missed one kick in practice. He is very, very locked in. You can see he’s very intense.”
Jones said Monday that some of the struggle was mental for Medley. Jones addressed Medley’s fundamentals on Wednesday.
“He went back and he studied all of his videos,” Jones said. “The short-range kicks haven’t been the problem; it’s the long-range kicks. I’ve been told it’s like a golfer. You get up there and you overswing. All of the sudden you lose your accuracy. It’s the same thing with a kicker. He’s been trying to overswing. His stride has been lengthened with deeper kicks.
“We’ve been trying to go back to that and redefine the fundamentals. I see a very determined individual, which I knew I would because he’s very resilient. He’s had a very good week.”
Medley is 9-of-17 on field goal attempts this season after making 20-0f-26 as a freshman in 2014. Medley’s backup is junior George Bullock. He has handled kickoffs in a game but has not attempted a field goal.
“George has done some good things in practice. … but we have a lot of confidence in Aaron,” Jones said. “We have confidence in George as well.”