Dooley believes starting Bray 'the best thing for our team right now'

Dooley: Bray will start against Memphis

The change under center is official.

That doesn’t mean it’s permanent.

Tennessee will break in a new starting quarterback on Saturday (TV: CBS College Sports, 8 p.m.) at Memphis, giving Tyler Bray a chance to build on a breakout second half in a loss last Saturday against No. 18 South Carolina. But even in announcing the move on Monday, coach Derek Dooley left open the possibility that a rotation with the true freshman and junior Matt Simms will continue as the Vols enter the final month of the regular season.

The order of the signal-callers is now different for the first time all year though.

“We’re going to start Tyler Bray this week, and I just feel like that’s the best thing for our team right now,” Dooley said during his weekly press conference. “The plan is going to be exactly how I went into the South Carolina game, which was, let’s see how he’s doing. If he needs to take a few series to kind of catch his breath a little bit, we’ll put Matt in and see how Matt does.

“Until a quarterback says, ‘Coach, you’re an idiot for not playing me all four quarters,’ by his play and not his words, then we’ll just keep sorting through it. Neither has had actions that say, ‘Play me for four quarters.’ There’s enough in both of their play to say maybe you should put the other guy in a little bit. We’re going to keep doing it until they perform at a level where we feel like we’re really bad evaluators by playing the other guy.”

Whether that happens against the lowly Tigers (1-7, 0-5 Conference USA) remains to be seen, but Bray will have the first chance to stake a claim to the gig.

Despite completing 9-of-15 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns while leading a second-half rally against the Gamecocks, there were still some hiccups for the freshman after taking over the offense for UT (2-6, 0-5 SEC).

Bray was sacked three times, threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown and has had issues making his voice heard while leading the huddle and getting the Vols aligned.

But the impressive tosses to Denarius Moore and Gerald Jones for scores in the third quarter were prime examples of the positives his big arm can produce, which certainly played a part in Dooley’s decision. And if Bray can eliminate the negative plays, UT might not be faced with another one.

“I had no idea, I was just letting the coaches decide,” Bray said. “Whatever they decided was going to be fine with me.

“(Dooley) just said we need to cut down some turnovers, just move the ball and not take any sacks, throw the ball. … It’s still just football. You just have to go out there, the line still has to block, receivers still have to catch the ball and you still have to throw it. It’s still the same.”

The personnel could look noticeably different though, with Bray possibly taking snaps and a new center delivering them to him as James Stone works into the picture there this week.

But in terms of play-calling, the Vols don’t figure to change all that much based on the quarterback — which is obviously subject to change.

“That’s how I’m going to look at it,” Simms said. “I don’t want to just take the week off, then, ‘Hey, you have to go in and play,’ and not play well and let my teammates down.

“It’s my job to make sure that I stay focused this week and make sure I’m disciplined and know the assignments.”

For both Simms and Bray, their jobs officially have new descriptions.

Austin Ward covers Tennessee football. He may be reached 865-342-6274. Follow him at http://twitter.com/Vols_Beat and http://blogs.knoxnews.com/ward.

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peyton4heisman writes:

First!

BigOrangeInVA writes:

Glad to see Simms step up and apolgize for post-game comments Saturday. Completely understand his frustration but leadership begins with putting team before self. Looks like he realizes that. Besides, this team's performance is not his fault. Most of the penalties committed have been by the upperclassmen. Combine that with their youth and it makes for tough sledding. Patience will win out here. Dooley and Co. doing a fine job with this very young team. Looking forward to 2011 and beyond. That said, good chance to pick up a few W's in November.

Timed_vol (Inactive) writes:

Almost following a script:
Matt took all the beating, now Bray gets to work on his game. Put Matt on a good offense where he just basically manages the game and he'll do fine.

For us, though, we need a QB who is more instinctive than Matt.

I want rag on Simms at all: his lack or production isn't his work ethic, sometimes not even his decisions. D-Mo should have scored on that first-half bomb, for instance.

ACWLY writes:

Dangerous time to take Simms out, WE MUST HAVE THIS WIN or it won't matter who plays QB the rest of the year. (I guess Coach thinks we have no chance at a bowl game and is just trying to prepare for next year, I don't know???)

desfpvol13 writes:

in response to ACWLY:

Dangerous time to take Simms out, WE MUST HAVE THIS WIN or it won't matter who plays QB the rest of the year. (I guess Coach thinks we have no chance at a bowl game and is just trying to prepare for next year, I don't know???)

No, he thinks--right or wrong--that Bray gives us the best chance to get to 6-6 and a bowl.

volfan4life1998 writes:

It amazing to me how ignorant some you people are. It doesn't take a QB coaching genius to figure out why Simms is taking a seat.

1) Obviously the coaching staff feels like Bray has done a good job in practice and has gotten better.

2) When you look at both of Brays touchdown passes he did something we haven't seen Simms do all year. He pump faked and looked to one side of the field then came back to the other side and threw. He already gets how to move defenders with his eyes. Which is pretty remarkable for someone his age.

3) Anticipating throws. Look at the deep TD pass to Moore. The throw wasn't open when Bray threw the ball. It came open while the ball was in the air and the throw was perfect. Look at Simms pick in the endzone against Bama. The throw was open Simms just threw the ball late whick resulted in an INT.

4) Bray steps up in the pocket and throws the ball. Simms steps up in the pocket and then can't make a decision on where he wants to go. Which is what resulted in him getting him and fumbling the ball. You have to be quick and make a decision esspecially with a young offensive line.

5) Bray can make every throw on the field. His arm is stronger and his accuracy is better than Simms. They do not trust Simms to throw the ball over the middle. Thats why every throw Simms makes is either a spot shot throw, a fade, or something short to the outside. Bray has the accuracy and the arm strength to throw corner routes and over the middle behind the line backers. How many slants have we seen Simms throw? Not many.

6) Third down conversions. Simms has struggled on third and long all season. Bray stood in there and coverted a few third downs to keep drives alive. One that I remember was a 3rd&11 to Moore.

I'm sure Simms going all T.O., Randy Moss to the media after the game didn't help his case. The fact is Bray is playing better than Simms now. Simms needs to focus on getting better and let the coaching staff evaluate how good he is. Bray didn't act like a baby when Simms was named the starter at the begining of the season after a hard fought battle in the pre season. He focused ON HIMSELF, made improvements, and got better. Thats why he will be starting against Memphis. And from what I've seen of Bray there is no reason to think Simms will see the field again until the Memphis game becomes a blow out. Simms needs to come to terms with the fact that he is an at best average QB. His sense of entitlement is something Dooley needs to get a handle on and not let it dived our team. He will be a good back up, but Bray has better QB instints.

steamboatticket#484773 writes:

in response to volfan4life1998:

It amazing to me how ignorant some you people are. It doesn't take a QB coaching genius to figure out why Simms is taking a seat.

1) Obviously the coaching staff feels like Bray has done a good job in practice and has gotten better.

2) When you look at both of Brays touchdown passes he did something we haven't seen Simms do all year. He pump faked and looked to one side of the field then came back to the other side and threw. He already gets how to move defenders with his eyes. Which is pretty remarkable for someone his age.

3) Anticipating throws. Look at the deep TD pass to Moore. The throw wasn't open when Bray threw the ball. It came open while the ball was in the air and the throw was perfect. Look at Simms pick in the endzone against Bama. The throw was open Simms just threw the ball late whick resulted in an INT.

4) Bray steps up in the pocket and throws the ball. Simms steps up in the pocket and then can't make a decision on where he wants to go. Which is what resulted in him getting him and fumbling the ball. You have to be quick and make a decision esspecially with a young offensive line.

5) Bray can make every throw on the field. His arm is stronger and his accuracy is better than Simms. They do not trust Simms to throw the ball over the middle. Thats why every throw Simms makes is either a spot shot throw, a fade, or something short to the outside. Bray has the accuracy and the arm strength to throw corner routes and over the middle behind the line backers. How many slants have we seen Simms throw? Not many.

6) Third down conversions. Simms has struggled on third and long all season. Bray stood in there and coverted a few third downs to keep drives alive. One that I remember was a 3rd&11 to Moore.

I'm sure Simms going all T.O., Randy Moss to the media after the game didn't help his case. The fact is Bray is playing better than Simms now. Simms needs to focus on getting better and let the coaching staff evaluate how good he is. Bray didn't act like a baby when Simms was named the starter at the begining of the season after a hard fought battle in the pre season. He focused ON HIMSELF, made improvements, and got better. Thats why he will be starting against Memphis. And from what I've seen of Bray there is no reason to think Simms will see the field again until the Memphis game becomes a blow out. Simms needs to come to terms with the fact that he is an at best average QB. His sense of entitlement is something Dooley needs to get a handle on and not let it dived our team. He will be a good back up, but Bray has better QB instints.

I think everything you said is wrong. I mean right.

jumboliyah writes:

People on the inside predicted this change pre-season...they saw it then and Dooley waited as long as he could because he has said he would rather play him too late rather than too early.

If the SC kid comes it may be academic next year.

I hope we have that dilemma. For now just play football and quit the complaining. Your 2-6 for goodness sakes!

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

in response to volfan4life1998:

It amazing to me how ignorant some you people are. It doesn't take a QB coaching genius to figure out why Simms is taking a seat.

1) Obviously the coaching staff feels like Bray has done a good job in practice and has gotten better.

2) When you look at both of Brays touchdown passes he did something we haven't seen Simms do all year. He pump faked and looked to one side of the field then came back to the other side and threw. He already gets how to move defenders with his eyes. Which is pretty remarkable for someone his age.

3) Anticipating throws. Look at the deep TD pass to Moore. The throw wasn't open when Bray threw the ball. It came open while the ball was in the air and the throw was perfect. Look at Simms pick in the endzone against Bama. The throw was open Simms just threw the ball late whick resulted in an INT.

4) Bray steps up in the pocket and throws the ball. Simms steps up in the pocket and then can't make a decision on where he wants to go. Which is what resulted in him getting him and fumbling the ball. You have to be quick and make a decision esspecially with a young offensive line.

5) Bray can make every throw on the field. His arm is stronger and his accuracy is better than Simms. They do not trust Simms to throw the ball over the middle. Thats why every throw Simms makes is either a spot shot throw, a fade, or something short to the outside. Bray has the accuracy and the arm strength to throw corner routes and over the middle behind the line backers. How many slants have we seen Simms throw? Not many.

6) Third down conversions. Simms has struggled on third and long all season. Bray stood in there and coverted a few third downs to keep drives alive. One that I remember was a 3rd&11 to Moore.

I'm sure Simms going all T.O., Randy Moss to the media after the game didn't help his case. The fact is Bray is playing better than Simms now. Simms needs to focus on getting better and let the coaching staff evaluate how good he is. Bray didn't act like a baby when Simms was named the starter at the begining of the season after a hard fought battle in the pre season. He focused ON HIMSELF, made improvements, and got better. Thats why he will be starting against Memphis. And from what I've seen of Bray there is no reason to think Simms will see the field again until the Memphis game becomes a blow out. Simms needs to come to terms with the fact that he is an at best average QB. His sense of entitlement is something Dooley needs to get a handle on and not let it dived our team. He will be a good back up, but Bray has better QB instints.

This whole thing about stepping up in the pocket is overplayed..Go back and watch the film!!!3 times Bray stayed in the pocket and took a step forward.ONE went for a nice completed pass;;2 went for sacks!!Not that much difference in technique..Both QB's move where they might find daylight be it forward or to the right..Watch the film; Bray got sacked 3 times and none where from his blind side!!

orangegrass writes:

in response to volfan4life1998:

It amazing to me how ignorant some you people are. It doesn't take a QB coaching genius to figure out why Simms is taking a seat.

1) Obviously the coaching staff feels like Bray has done a good job in practice and has gotten better.

2) When you look at both of Brays touchdown passes he did something we haven't seen Simms do all year. He pump faked and looked to one side of the field then came back to the other side and threw. He already gets how to move defenders with his eyes. Which is pretty remarkable for someone his age.

3) Anticipating throws. Look at the deep TD pass to Moore. The throw wasn't open when Bray threw the ball. It came open while the ball was in the air and the throw was perfect. Look at Simms pick in the endzone against Bama. The throw was open Simms just threw the ball late whick resulted in an INT.

4) Bray steps up in the pocket and throws the ball. Simms steps up in the pocket and then can't make a decision on where he wants to go. Which is what resulted in him getting him and fumbling the ball. You have to be quick and make a decision esspecially with a young offensive line.

5) Bray can make every throw on the field. His arm is stronger and his accuracy is better than Simms. They do not trust Simms to throw the ball over the middle. Thats why every throw Simms makes is either a spot shot throw, a fade, or something short to the outside. Bray has the accuracy and the arm strength to throw corner routes and over the middle behind the line backers. How many slants have we seen Simms throw? Not many.

6) Third down conversions. Simms has struggled on third and long all season. Bray stood in there and coverted a few third downs to keep drives alive. One that I remember was a 3rd&11 to Moore.

I'm sure Simms going all T.O., Randy Moss to the media after the game didn't help his case. The fact is Bray is playing better than Simms now. Simms needs to focus on getting better and let the coaching staff evaluate how good he is. Bray didn't act like a baby when Simms was named the starter at the begining of the season after a hard fought battle in the pre season. He focused ON HIMSELF, made improvements, and got better. Thats why he will be starting against Memphis. And from what I've seen of Bray there is no reason to think Simms will see the field again until the Memphis game becomes a blow out. Simms needs to come to terms with the fact that he is an at best average QB. His sense of entitlement is something Dooley needs to get a handle on and not let it dived our team. He will be a good back up, but Bray has better QB instints.

Great post and observation. Finally!

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

Some may disagree but Simms kind of paved the way for Bray..Matt started against some pretty dominant defenses with little or no blocking and faced some very good DB's who our WR's got zero separation from..Now Bray comes in and has success against a below average USC secondary and gets the start.Simms has made his share of mistakes but Bray threw way more incompleted passes against USC; including one to a wideopen Jones that would have been a crucial first down but sailed 5 yards over his head..To his credit the post pattern to Moore for a TD was a beautiful pass that Simms would not have completed..The TD to Gerald was not a great pass but a great catch on Jones part..Bray is more accurate on shorter routes across the middle and I like the way he releases the ball a second earlier in the route which is why he got the start but Iam not okay with throwing Simms in the garbage considering he's faced some outstanding defenses and his WR's never got separation against the likes of LSU;Bama and GA...Not to mention we were badly behind in most of those games which lead to Saban and Chavis being able to blitz every down..I don't recall any WR that wasn't double covered in the bama game;Would Bray had success against Saban??Definitely not!!

TennVol01 writes:

Simms is good, but Bray is showing he is better. Simms talent has plateaued in his third year of college level playing. (Well, two of those years he had to drop back to junior college to play as a starter.) He will stay "just good". He could succeed at UT Chattanooga, but not UT Knoxville. Bray is a Freshman who is getting better and better each week. He is surpassing Simms and there is not much Simms can do about it. Bray was a high school star, not only in football, but was a star in basketball and baseball. A true athlete. Simms gave it his best. His best is just not good enough in the SEC.

Timed_vol (Inactive) writes:

People maybe could ease up on Simms.

Hell, he's a ballplayer, wants to play. QB is one of those positions where many teams do not sub.

Not like being a WR or RB where you get reps starting or not starting.

give_him_6 writes:

in response to ACWLY:

Dangerous time to take Simms out, WE MUST HAVE THIS WIN or it won't matter who plays QB the rest of the year. (I guess Coach thinks we have no chance at a bowl game and is just trying to prepare for next year, I don't know???)

The Coach is the man making the calls and I trust him. He wants to win now as well as later!! Don't be miserable just to be miserable man. Get on board or GTFO!!!

ACWLY writes:

in response to give_him_6:

The Coach is the man making the calls and I trust him. He wants to win now as well as later!! Don't be miserable just to be miserable man. Get on board or GTFO!!!

The "Coach is the man making the calls", "He wants to win always", WHOW, what words of wisdom! You had me thinking I was talking to a football genius, til you got to the end, what does GTFO mean? GO TO FRESHMAN seasons OVER?

volfan4life1998 writes:

in response to licknpromise777#651578:

This whole thing about stepping up in the pocket is overplayed..Go back and watch the film!!!3 times Bray stayed in the pocket and took a step forward.ONE went for a nice completed pass;;2 went for sacks!!Not that much difference in technique..Both QB's move where they might find daylight be it forward or to the right..Watch the film; Bray got sacked 3 times and none where from his blind side!!

Oh I've watched the film. Bray didn't get hit from his blind side because he seems to be able to feel the pressure better than Simms and gets rid of the ball. One of Bray's sacks was a blitzing LB up the middle you can't really blame that one on him. One of the plays Bray stepped up in the pocket on 3&11 an devlivered a strike to Moore. Also the 30 yarder to Moore for the TD Bray stepped up in the pocket AND anticipated the throw, which is something we've NEVER seen Simms do. It's not "overplayed." Oh yeah and the TD pass to Jones he didn't even have room to step up in the pocket and still delivered a strike. It was all arm. Simms would have most likely been sacked on that play judging from how he tends to take sacks in situations like that. Either a sack or a pick considering he has thrown quite a few of those down in the redzone.

mjaichele#464960 writes:

Flamingo legs may have an arm, but he will never last in the SEC. If you have seen some of the sacks he has taken, his legs end up looking like pretzels, he must be half Gumby to have survived the few sacks he has already taken.

volfan4life1998 writes:

in response to mjaichele#464960:

Flamingo legs may have an arm, but he will never last in the SEC. If you have seen some of the sacks he has taken, his legs end up looking like pretzels, he must be half Gumby to have survived the few sacks he has already taken.

This is just ignorant. Is that you Phil Simms? He's got four maybe five more games. One of which against Memphis he might not even take a hit. I'm confident he will make it through all those considering he hasn't been beat up this season. Coming back next year he will have most likely gain 10 pounds to put him at about 200. He will probably fill out to about 220 by his Jr and Sr year. He gained about 10 ponuds since he showed up on campus the kid is only 18 he still has room to fill out. Geeezzz Matt Simms groupies kill me. You all just want him to start because you think he's "tough" and because he's a "true Vol." He's acually a below average QB in his Jr year. He's pretty much topped out on how good he's going to be. And his T.O., Randy Moss attitude is ridiculous.

Fishpants writes:

I think most, if they are honest, will admit that this is pretty much what we all expected in August. Throw Simms to the wolves, because he's more ready mentally, but not as talented, keep Bray safe on the sidelines, learning, come out of October with 2 or 3 wins, then let the future begin with Bray with the easy part of the schedule. I feel bad for Matt, but unless he overachieved and we were at 4-4, he was going to give way to Bray in November.

mjaichele#464960 writes:

in response to volfan4life1998:

This is just ignorant. Is that you Phil Simms? He's got four maybe five more games. One of which against Memphis he might not even take a hit. I'm confident he will make it through all those considering he hasn't been beat up this season. Coming back next year he will have most likely gain 10 pounds to put him at about 200. He will probably fill out to about 220 by his Jr and Sr year. He gained about 10 ponuds since he showed up on campus the kid is only 18 he still has room to fill out. Geeezzz Matt Simms groupies kill me. You all just want him to start because you think he's "tough" and because he's a "true Vol." He's acually a below average QB in his Jr year. He's pretty much topped out on how good he's going to be. And his T.O., Randy Moss attitude is ridiculous.

Apparently, you have not been watching the same OL I have been watching, Simms is lucky he has not been seriously injured yet with the pounding he has taken. With that OL, your boy Bray will soon be seeing the Orthopedic Surgeons, and as far as who starts I could care less, its all about recruiting now anyway. By the way, D. Thomas, that guy was more responsible for the fumbles against SC than Simms, he can't block a corpse.

FWBVol writes:

I posed this question after that game Saturday. If Tyler Bray had started the first eight games would we be any worse than 2-6 now? My guess is probably not.

That's not a knock on Simms because he has been hurt by injuries to Gerald Jones, Cody Pope and a few others that were expected to help on offense.

At this point in the season I think the quarterback play will become a little more important. We should beat Memphis this week. And I think we should beat Vandy on Nov. 20 with either quarterback. Ole Miss and Kentucky also are games we can win, but I think QB play will come into the picture in those games.

Bray has the big arm to stretch the field and force the opposition to change defensive schemes as far as keeping defenders inside the box or close to the box in pass coverage. I think the threat of Bray going deep will actually help the run game as well.

Finishing the regular season with a 6-6 record is still a realistic possibility and I think Tyler Bray gives us the best chance to win out and get to a bowl game.

volfan4life1998 writes:

in response to mjaichele#464960:

Apparently, you have not been watching the same OL I have been watching, Simms is lucky he has not been seriously injured yet with the pounding he has taken. With that OL, your boy Bray will soon be seeing the Orthopedic Surgeons, and as far as who starts I could care less, its all about recruiting now anyway. By the way, D. Thomas, that guy was more responsible for the fumbles against SC than Simms, he can't block a corpse.

Half if not more of the sacks Simms has taken is his own fault. There has been plenty of times where he's gotten plenty of time to throw and still been sacked. He holds the ball too long. It wouldn't matter if Simms had a O Line full of All Americans he would still take plenty of sacks because he doesn't see the field very well which causes him to hold the ball longer than he should. Bray wont see a D Line like UGA, Bama, or USC the rest of the year so he will be fine. I wont say both of the fumbles were Simms fault, but I know for a fact one of them was. I believe the second one he he was rushed, stepped up in the pocket, and didn't make a throw which caused him to get hit. When you step up you have to make a decision and get rid of the ball. If you don't your going to get sacked.

VolAlum2003 (Inactive) writes:

Deck chairs on the titanic.

"Captain Dooley, we are running straight for an iceberg!"

"Steady as she goes, as long as we are improving, thats all that matters."

volfan4life1998 writes:

in response to mjaichele#464960:

Apparently, you have not been watching the same OL I have been watching, Simms is lucky he has not been seriously injured yet with the pounding he has taken. With that OL, your boy Bray will soon be seeing the Orthopedic Surgeons, and as far as who starts I could care less, its all about recruiting now anyway. By the way, D. Thomas, that guy was more responsible for the fumbles against SC than Simms, he can't block a corpse.

Also throwing his O Line, Bray, and coaches under the bus with his Randy Moss like post game interview is ridiculous. His sense of entitlement is digusting. He's only a team player when things are going his way. A true team player will take one for the team. Bray didn't hang his head and whine like a baby when Simms won the job in the pre season. He let the coaches evaluate him, and got better. Thats why he will be starting against Memphis and thats what Simms needs to do.

STEELMAN4VOLS writes:

I respect Matt's toughness and wanting to lead his team, but I'm glad Bray gets the opportunity to show what he can do from the start of a game. At least we have two QB's with experience against some tough SEC defenses. This whole season is a learning process for a young team trying to play and win as a team.

OrangePride writes:

Reading all the posts, almost everyone seems to see Bray as potentially more effective and Volfan listed the reasons fairly and comprehensively. Beyond that, almost everyone was unhappy with how Simms handled being pulled at USC and his postgame comments. Me too. But I just want to add that had Bray been the starter all along, I think our record would be the same and our statistics similar or worse. Bray needed, and perhaps still needs, development. That will begin in more earnest this week and this is a good time to give the young man the larger responsibility and see how he handles it. BUT, if we see int's and bad decisions mounting up, then Simms deserves to get right back in there. The problems on this offense go a LOT deeper than "Simms holds on to the ball too long." So I wish both our QB's the best from here to the last whistle. GO VOLS!

finn writes:

Under the circumstances, Simms played pretty well and you've got to respect his toughness. I think he just pissed CDD when he coughed it up a 2nd time after being told, 'don't hold onto the ball!!' He was also limited in mobility due to a strained knee. Add it up and Bray was the right choice. As to why Bray is now starting, does anyone think CDD might not have appreciated Simms shooting his mouth off and wanted to teach Matt a lesson much like most parents would have done. 'Son, there's a time a place to speak your mind and that wasn't it. I want you to think about that while you ride the pine the 1st half of Memphis.' Bray has a lot of upside but give Simms has done a good job thus far too.

roloyo writes:

Sorry, but I've still got a bad taste in my mouth over the Chrissy fiasco. Matter of fact the whole Simms family needs to get over their enormous egos and finally realize there is only one QB in that family.....and I'm not real fond of him. That little outburst from Matt last weekend confirms this.
GBO

volstokke writes:

I think this is the right decision by Coach Dooley. He wants to make a run @ a bowl and you cant blame him. If we dont win out people will just say he is building toward the future by starting Bray. Coach Dooley is very smart by by doing this. Myself I hope we win out but Im not holding my breath just yet. Ole Miss and Kentucky are better than everyone is given them credit. If we win out with a freshmen @ QB it will help in the recruiting process a great deal. GO VOLS!

Volsfan94 writes:

in response to ACWLY:

Dangerous time to take Simms out, WE MUST HAVE THIS WIN or it won't matter who plays QB the rest of the year. (I guess Coach thinks we have no chance at a bowl game and is just trying to prepare for next year, I don't know???)

He is going with Bray because he is a play maker if you read anything about it.

monsterman writes:

We all saw this coming all season. Bray was recruited to be the future of the franchise. Simms is a #2 college QB who did not get it done at Louisville and just does not have the tools to get it done in the SEC. He is a pretty good QB to manage the game and make short throws when guys are wide open.
To play and compete with the Bama's and Gators of the world, for more than a half, you must have a big gun who can throw it deep or someone like Auburn's QB who can make you pay with his legs. We chose to recruit the guy who can see the field and throw the ball. The kid is 6'7" and has a cannon. I think Dooley is looking at the rest of the season and saying hey.... realistically we are gonna have a hard time making a bowl. We have to beat Ole Miss, Vandy, and Kebntucky. I think we will have trouble with Ole Miss and KY is one I will be very surprised if we can pull off. They are very good, Auburn barely escaped, and don't even get me started on the Randal Cobb incident, which had nothing to do with the last 2 coaches, but was a huge recruiting blunder.
All that said, why not let him have a whole game to see what he can do. He got us back into the game with SC after Simms had all but put us away. Sure he made a rookie mistake with the pick but he came right back and threw two td's. He is jut gonna get better and better and this team will ultimately be able to play with the big boys for more than just a half in the next couple years.

VolBlitz writes:

in response to Fishpants:

I think most, if they are honest, will admit that this is pretty much what we all expected in August. Throw Simms to the wolves, because he's more ready mentally, but not as talented, keep Bray safe on the sidelines, learning, come out of October with 2 or 3 wins, then let the future begin with Bray with the easy part of the schedule. I feel bad for Matt, but unless he overachieved and we were at 4-4, he was going to give way to Bray in November.

Finally, someone hits the nail on the head.

Agree 100%.

lakesidegator writes:

Do y'all REALLY want to go to a bowl game this year? Just wondering.... As a Gator, I am concerned about how WE would fare in one THIS year.

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