KNOXVILLE -- At 6:10 Saturday evening, Derrick Brodus was doing what you'd expect any red-blooded American college student to be doing on one of the biggest college football weekends of the year.
"I was laying on my couch watching some football," he said.
At least he was until he got a call from Tennessee football coach Derek Dooley that his presence was desperately needed at Neyland Stadium as soon as possible. Immediately, if not sooner, would be more accurate.
"Just when I thought I'd had it all happen to me," Dooley said after the Volunteers' 24-0 win over Middle Tennessee on Saturday night. "Just when I think nothing else could surprise me, I have to make a call to the fraternity house to find a kicker."
He had to make that call because starting kicker Michael Palardy went down late in the week with an injury.