UT Vols' special teams working with 'sense of urgency' after breakdowns against Auburn

photo Tennessee kicker Michael Palardy has been solid for the Vols, but improvement is needed on special teams after coverage breakdowns.

KNOXVILLE - Mark Elder stated the obvious Wednesday evening.

Tennessee's special teams allowed a punt and a kickoff return touchdown in a blowout loss to Auburn last week, and the Volunteers' coordinator made no excuses for the breakdowns of Tennessee's coverage units.

"Obviously it was not a very good day for us on teams," Elder said following the Vols' final practice of this week's open date.

Aside from some shaky coverage against Christion Jones, Alabama's dynamic kick returner, the Vols have been fairly solid on special teams this season. Michael Palardy's punting has given Tennessee the edge in field position in a few games, and the Vols blocked a punt for a score against Georgia.