UT kicker Palardy gains confidence in practice

KNOXVILLE - Michael Palardy already has reaped some small benefits from the summer structure and the decreased workload.

The University of Tennessee sophomore placekicker now hopes those two changes will bring even bigger rewards down the road.

The Volunteers' coaches but back on the number of balls Palardy kicked after a lingering groin injury affected his production last season, and the decision to not have him do kickoffs the day before translated into a perfect scrimmage performance on Saturday, when Palardy made all three field goals including a 52-yarder.

"It's good to know that you're 100 percent," he said after practice Tuesday morning. "It's definitely brought a lot of confidence to my game, which is what I need and didn't have last year."

Palardy stepped onto UT's campus last August out of St.