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College Student Called from Frat House to Starting Kicker Role

On Saturday November 5th, 2011, University of Tennessee freshman Derrick Brodus was lying on the couch at his fraternity on Saturday night, waiting for the Tennessee Volunteers college football game to start at 7 P.M. Less than an hour before kickoff, Derrick fumbled for his cell phone as it began to ring. Imagine his surprise as the voice on the other end told him the coach was sending a police escort to get him to the stadium immediately.

"I thought it was a dream," Derrick said. "I was just lying on my couch relaxing, and I answer my phone, and they just tell me that I need to come to the stadium as soon as possible."

Just minutes before that call, Tennessee backup kicker Chip Rhome pulled a muscle during pregame warm-ups. Starting kicker Michael Pardy was already out, injured in Thursday's practice. One hour before kickoff, and the Volunteers were out of kickers.

Derrick, a freshman, had tried out as a placekicker when he enrolled at Tennessee, but never made the team. But on that Saturday Derrick emerged as the Vols' only option.

Vols coach Derek Dooley told the press, "I said, 'Let's get an APB out on Brodus. It's a good thing he wasn't [intoxicated]. Get him. Just get him here. Give him a Breathalyzer.' Fortunately he didn't do anything bad."

Minutes after Derrick hung up his phone, the police escort arrived at the fraternity to rush him to the stadium. The team's trainer stretched him in the locker room while he put on his pads and a jersey that didn't even have his name on the back.

Early in the game, Derrick was called into duty, and he quickly made the most of his opportunity. Derrick made all three of his extra points, and he kicked a 21-yard field goal at the end of the first half. His team won 24-0.

Back in the locker room after the final whistle, the kicker who began the evening lying on the couch with a bag of chips was celebrated as the hero. The team cheered as Coach Dooley gave Derrick the game ball.

Possible Preaching Angle: You never know when the Lord may call you to get off the couch and employ your gifts for the kingdom of God.

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