The change under center is official.
That doesn't mean it's permanent.
Tennessee coach Derek Dooley made the switch to Tyler Bray at quarterback on Monday after the true freshman's second-half breakout at South Carolina, naming him as the starter for Saturday's trip to Memphis (TV: CBS College, 8 p.m.). But the Vols still might need Matt Simms despite his demotion, so a two-quarterback rotation could continue against the Tigers -- with a new order.
"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. "I had a real good conversation with Matt, and Matt is a team guy. He's a high-character guy, Matt's a competitor and Matt's emotional. He was very apologetic for what happened after the game, and I really respect the fact that he came to me and said that.
"The decision, just as aside, has nothing to do with comments (from Simms after being benched). It's strictly a business evaluation of our team and where we need to go."
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.