Can this one be any more obvious? Tennessee football has three people who can be place kickers on the roster: Brent Cimaglia, Toby Wilson and Marshall Ware. Wilson is a redshirt freshman, Ware is a redshirt freshman, and both are walk-ons.
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Cimaglia, meanwhile, split starting duties in 2017 and became the full-time starter in 2018. So, taking all of this into account, the once highly-touted recruit literally has no legitimate competition for his job.
On top of that, though, Cimaglia’s production puts him at the top of this list. He was 10-of-13 on field goals last year, including going four-of-six from beyond 40 yards. In 2017, he also proved he can hit field goals from beyond 50 yards, and he was automatic on extra points.
So there are no weaknesses in Cimaglia’s game as a kicker. Not only is he a safe starter amidst a two walk-ons with no college experience serving as his backups, but he also is a guy who could begin to achieve national recognition this year.
Tennessee football is still clearly Punter U given its production there, but the Vols have a bit more competition for that starting job. Place kicker only has one guy who can do it, and Cimaglia is that guy. His star potential only more firmly supplants him here.