Nobody has a better chance at postseason recognition than a guy who is going to take all the snaps at a certain position. Brent Cimaglia is Tennessee football’s only place-kicker, so it’s pretty hard for his reps to be limited.
If the Vols have more drives in field goal range this year and enjoy better blocking, Cimaglia could become a legendary kicker. He was 10-of-13 on field goals last year. But what’s key is he was four-of-six on field goals beyond 40 yards, and he didn’t miss an extra point. So Cimaglia is almost automatic inside 40 and capable outside 40.
We also know that Cimaglia can hit field goals beyond 50 yards, as he did in 2017 against the Florida Gators. Putting it all together under new special teams coordinator Kevin Sherrer shouldn’t be too difficult.
The only thing Cimaglia really needs to gain more recognition is have more chances to kick field goals this year. Oh, and maybe he needs better protection. One of his misses last year was a blocked kick. Simply put, if the offense improves under Jim Chaney, Cimaglia will have lots of chances to wow national audiences. And that gives him a great shot at postseason recognition.