Medley's dream in front of him
Part of Vols' success rides on former Tiger's kicking foot
Former Marshall County player Aaron Medley looks to add to his amazing freshman season in 2014 placekicking for the Tennessee Volunteers this season.
Medley, a 6-foot-2, 209-pound sophomore, also had offers from Texas A&M and Oklahoma, but ultimately chose the Vols because of the timing.
"I grew up a Vols fan," Medley said. "I just felt like it was the right time with Butch Jones being hired and I also felt like it was the right time in terms of opportunity as far as playing time goes."
Medley went on to start all 13 games as a freshman and put a dent in the Volunteers record books making 20-of-26 field goals, all 42 extra point attempts, and averaging 60.1 yards on kickoffs where he had 12 touchbacks.
The 20 made field goals placed Medley second in program history by a true freshman and fourth all-time for a season.
Medley also ranked second in the SEC in field goals made and second in field goals per game. He also tied for 14th in field goals made and 16th in field goals made per game nationally.
Medley capped a memorable freshman year with a game-winning field goal at South Carolina, kicked a career-long 46-yarder at Georgia and made three field goals in a game twice (Florida and Kentucky).
He had a rough start this season at home against Bowling Green, going 1-for-3, but the make came with three minutes left in the game to take some momentum in the second game.
"It was great to see Aaron bounce back and hit the field goal at the end of the game from a confidence standpoint, and that won't affect him one bit," Jones said after the win.
Medley has continued to impress five games into the season, going 8-for-13 on field goals, being perfect on extra points and adding 15 touchbacks on kickoffs. He has a season-long 45-yard field goal last week against Arkansas.
The former Tiger is tied for first in the SEC in kick scoring with 47 points and fourth in field goals per game.
Medley gave reason for Vols fan to be excited for the future when the he missed a 55-yard field goal attempt at Florida by mere inches after converting earlier in the game from 34 and 37 yards.
Despite the miss, the kicker has a fan in running back Alvin Kamara, who spoke about the Lewisburg native after the game.
"He worked really hard during the week," the teammate said. "We would like to have had that field goal; it's not going to define us. We all love upon him. We'll get on the plane and hug up on him. Just get back to Knoxville and keep working."
Medley, a former 2013 Under Armour All-American, Max Preps All-American, and Mr. Football Awards Finalist still keeps tabs on his hometown team.
"They're doing great this year," the sophomore Business Analytics major said. "I follow the Tiger twitter feed closely and talk to a few of the coaches on the phone from time to time. I think Caleb Estes is doing great this year. Anytime you can get a good kicker, it gives you a better chance to win games."