John Adams: After 0-for-October, is it Bray or Simms?

John Adams

COLUMBIA, S.C. - If you had only watched South Carolina's last two scoring drives, you would have thought this Tennessee game had gone the way of so many others.

Wide receiver Alshon Jeffery turned an intermediate-range pass into a 70-yard touchdown play. Next came an eight-play, 92-yard touchdown drive, highlighted by a 39-yard run by star freshman Marcus Lattimore.

Those fourth-quarter drives underscored the perceived gap in talent between the best and worst teams in the SEC East. Or, as South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier surmised, "Our big-play guys came through in the fourth quarter."

But the Gamecocks' 38-24 victory wasn't as simple as the better team prevailing with its best players. Nor could you attribute the outcome solely to another second-half UT collapse, even though it did give up 28 points.

The Vols made enough mistakes to lose two games Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium.

Quarterback Matt Simms killed one potential UT scoring drive with his first fumble and set up a South Carolina touchdown with his second fumble. Quarterback Tyler Bray handed the Gamecocks another touchdown with a perfectly thrown pass to 6-foot-7 defensive end Devin Taylor, who jogged 24 yards into the end zone.

The mistakes weren't limited to quarterbacks. Eric Gordon muffed a punt late in the third quarter to put South Carolina in position for another score, but UT escaped unscathed with one of its best second-half defensive stands of the season.

Given all those mishaps, UT trailed by only seven points with four minutes to play against the 17th ranked team in the country. How do you explain that?

"We weren't real sharp," Spurrier said. "We don't play every game like we do against Alabama."

Instead, the Gamecocks performed as clumsily as they did in an upset loss to Kentucky, making you wonder if they're consistent enough to hold their lead in the SEC East.

Consider it an opportunity lost for the Vols, who passed for 312 yards, had one more first down than the Gamecocks, and didn't cave in after basically giving South Carolina two quick touchdowns to start the second half.

Their fourth consecutive loss raised more questions than it answered. Pick one: Can the Vols win an SEC game? Will they be remembered as the worst team in school history? Bray or Simms?

Let's hold off on the first two questions - for obvious reasons. Besides, "Who should be UT's starting quarterback?" provides a nice change of pace to the season-long theme of incompetence.

The answer depends, in part, on whom you ask.

Simms, who has started every game, made a case for himself, pointing out that his fumbles were the result of hard sacks rather than his own ineptitude. He also noted that he hadn't thrown touchdown passes to the wrong team. Hmmm. Wonder what he meant by that?

UT coach Derek Dooley expressed concern over Simms holding the ball too long. Conversely, Bray, who played all but the first series of the second half, was quick to fling it against the Gamecocks - though not always to the appropriate team. But on a team that is less adept at protecting its passer than the ball, there's something to be said for a rapid-fire delivery.

If you discount the turnovers, Simms and Bray both had good numbers. Simms completed 10 of 13 passes for 153 yards, including a touchdown and a 64-yard throw to Denarius Moore under duress. Bray was 9-for-15 for 153 yards and a touchdown. Each was sacked three times.

I can understand why Simms would be upset at being summoned to the bench. The team isn't 2-6 because of its quarterback. In fact, he has played better than I expected in his first season as a starter.

But he hasn't played well enough to condemn Bray to the bench. So why not give Bray a chance to start and finish a game on his own? And what better time than next Saturday against Memphis?

As bad as the Vols have been, they could put wide receiver Gerald Jones at quarterback in the "G-Gun" and beat Memphis.

It's not as though you have to worry about a quarterback controversy dividing the team. The team just went 0-for-October.

Its only preference is winning.

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CharlotteVol writes:

Bray gives us the best chance to win right now, plus he has much more upside potential. Simms is tough and unflappable, but unfortunately he has a marginal arm, locks in on his targets, and holds the ball waaaaaaaay too long for this O-line.

Bray will have a few more shaky games, but I'd rather he get them out of the way this year.

hdhurst writes:

I have never been for a two-qb system (ala ainge and clausen), but I feel that both should have 1/2 of game. I would let Simms start, and if he is on fire, let him finish. Otherwise, sit down and give Bray his due as well. (Note: this coming from a guy who has never played a single minute of college football...lol).

mbible1utk#324980 writes:

Go with Bray. We aren't going to make any form of championship run next year....we'll suck just as bad next year as we did this year, plus our schedule will be tougher. However, by year three we *COULD* be in the mix, but only if we aren't breaking in a new starter at QB. It's not a knock against Simms, Simms has done alright... but he's not going to be around long enough to help this team rebuild.

FWBVol writes:

Both Simms and Bray were signed and delivered by the former coach that shall remain nameless and we can thank him for that.

I have to believe that even if the old staff had remained at UT, Simms or Stephens would have been a caretaker of the offense while Bray developed.

John, you make the valid argument that it isn't Simms' fault that UT is 2-6. By the same token, it's hard to imagine that we would not be any worse than 2-6 if Bray had been starter from the start of the season.

I think Bray's upside is reason enough to give him the nod in November. We could still win out and make it to the Music City Bowl or PapaJohn Bowl. But if we don't, then the extra month of Bray practicing with the No. 1s will pay off big for UT in the future.

SEC1 writes:

in response to hdhurst:

I have never been for a two-qb system (ala ainge and clausen), but I feel that both should have 1/2 of game. I would let Simms start, and if he is on fire, let him finish. Otherwise, sit down and give Bray his due as well. (Note: this coming from a guy who has never played a single minute of college football...lol).

After all the vols bashing of the Gators we still control our own destiny in the east..lol now... Sims has been body slammed all year by top ten defenses; Bray looks better but Carolina DB'S looked like Clones of Art Evans and Evans couldn't cover my grandpa in his hov-a-round(motorized wheel chair). So sure Bray looks better against weaker opposition and neek week in Memphis he'll probabaly look like Peyton Manning Jr because Memphis is awful.

CharlotteVol writes:

in response to SEC1:

After all the vols bashing of the Gators we still control our own destiny in the east..lol now... Sims has been body slammed all year by top ten defenses; Bray looks better but Carolina DB'S looked like Clones of Art Evans and Evans couldn't cover my grandpa in his hov-a-round(motorized wheel chair). So sure Bray looks better against weaker opposition and neek week in Memphis he'll probabaly look like Peyton Manning Jr because Memphis is awful.

Huh?

UTByrd writes:

One thing Simms and most everyone else needs to know is that playing Bray is not a knock on Simms. Matt has had a hard row to hoe with the O's lack of depth and experience. It is just plain common sense that Tyler get some valuable experience.
There hasn't been any finger pointing up to this point and it should stay that way. No QB controversey here. I personally admire Tyler's talent but am not screaming for him to start. There's a master plan that CDD has going on and the gist of it is to put the best team on the field in order to win. Major growing pains all the way around. Everyone knows the dirth of depth Ut has. That being said, I don't believe anyone can question their haeart or desire to win.
Go VOLS!!!!!

RJ_Vol writes:

"If you discount the turnovers, Simms and Bray both had good numbers. Simms completed 10 of 13 passes for 153 yards, including a touchdown and a 64-yard throw to Denarius Moore under duress. Bray was 9-for-15 for 153 yards and a touchdown. Each was sacked three times."

http://espn.go.com/ncf/player/profile...

Bray had two touchdowns today.

Lean_and_Hungry writes:

Regardless of QB, if you cannot run, nor stop the run, you're going to struggle. And if you cannot protect your passer and cannot cover the other team's receivers and cannot pressure the other team's QB...yeah. I wonder what the roster and coaching staff will look like next year.

Can the basketball team win the pre-season NIT?

tdvol1989 writes:

I hate QB controversies. Inevitably, each player will have his own supporters and that can divide the team. It also causes fingerpointing everytime a mistake is made or a drive stalls.

But, I think it is best to play them both now. I think Simms is a little better overall, but he is also benefitting from more playing time and more reps with the 1st team. To say Bray has more upside is beating a dead horse.

I agree that Simms has not played his way out. His assignment is a difficult one. To criticize him for holding on to the ball is like blaming a paramedic for the death of a shooting victim. Could he maybe have saved them? Yes, but the odds certainly were against him.

Just do whatever can get us to 6 wins and hash it out later. We need the practice time and an opportunity to win more than we lose.

Pullingguard writes:

Gee whiz, give us one more win (Memphis) for they will probably lose the remaining games verses Ky/OleMiss/Vandy.. Don't laugh, Vandy will play their best game of the year verses Vols. Lets just hope the recruiting gives us hope for the future with the youth now playing
for the Vols.. Prediction...Dooley will not make any coaching changes unless some leave on their own...but...he needs to look at defensive backfield coaching situation...

UTVOLSRROCKN writes:

in response to Plasticman:

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You said it best Plasticman! BRAY all the WAY!

ncvol17 writes:

in response to fasteddy41:

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we ran one off last year and now he is the back up on Clemson's team.

RoadTrip writes:

in response to Plasticman:

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I agree with Plastic as well. If you have Bray starting sooner in the year he would already have learned not to throw the pass he did on the Pic 6. Sims has had 8 games plus two seasons with other schools to learn how to read defenses and get the pass off and he still cannot do it consistently. He can't learn how to have pocket presence. You either have it or you don't. Bray has it - he can slide, step up or back, twist away to buy a second. Sims holds to the last tenth of a second and gets smoked - no pocket presence. Add that to a gun for an arm that the receivers seemingly have little trouble catching balls from - it's all Bray and has been since the Orange/White game. Very few people wanted to believe this was a practice season for 2011 forward. Now you know - so get the young pups in the games!

Go Vols!

tnsportsman writes:

Bray should start the rest of this season period. Simms can be pissed off all he wants but he had the football in his hands on both fumbles!

This young and dunb Team will get better, but they have to quit beating themselves!

OUR VOLS can win out if they start protecting the damn ball!

GO VOLS, WE ARE UT!

vols2#227315 writes:

I have said from the spring game which I saw for myself, Bray should have starter game one. Not knocking Sims, but if you can not play in the Big East, what makes you thing you can start in the great SEC.

tootsypop writes:

john adams your incompetence as a sports writer is well documented again by this article. without a doupt you are the worst sports writer and editor in america.
WE KNS READERS DESERVE BETTER SPORTS WRITERS. BENCH ADAMS.

volsoutwest writes:

in response to tootsypop:

john adams your incompetence as a sports writer is well documented again by this article. without a doupt you are the worst sports writer and editor in america.
WE KNS READERS DESERVE BETTER SPORTS WRITERS. BENCH ADAMS.

What's so bad about this article? Scripture and verse?

brauhuff#295403 (Inactive) writes:

Hell he is the only writer that tells it like it is. Tennessee Fans you can"t stand the truth

Lostvolinhighweeds writes:

in response to DukeDeLuca:

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Actually, Adams was right about the whole "coaching change thingy".

TennVol01 writes:

I say start and play Bray and give him more experience these next four games. He still has three years of eligibility and he will only get better...and he is pretty good now. It also will increase his confidence, although he showed grit after throwing the interception. I am glad Coach did not bench him. He came back in and played like a pro.

Simms is good, but just "good". This is his third year as QB and I think he has peeked. He was a starting QB in junior college, but does not have the speed or throwing arm to start as QB in a conference like the SEC. As others have stated, he was brought to UT because of his father .... Phil Simms star QB during his pro days.

psychovol2 writes:

Bray has the most upside even for this season. Simms isn't learning because he's not taking responsibility for holding the ball too long. He needs to accept coaching. The coaches were pleading with him to get the ball out quicker to no avail. His reply, "I understand coach" but he never implemented the change. With UT's line woes they need a faster gun. Simms should watch the film and shut his pie hole. Or, he can take all his marbles and go home like he's done before.

volsfan430 writes:

in response to TennVol01:

I say start and play Bray and give him more experience these next four games. He still has three years of eligibility and he will only get better...and he is pretty good now. It also will increase his confidence, although he showed grit after throwing the interception. I am glad Coach did not bench him. He came back in and played like a pro.

Simms is good, but just "good". This is his third year as QB and I think he has peeked. He was a starting QB in junior college, but does not have the speed or throwing arm to start as QB in a conference like the SEC. As others have stated, he was brought to UT because of his father .... Phil Simms star QB during his pro days.

I agree with you that Bray should definitely be starting from here on out, I don't agree with you knocking Simms. He was brought in as a competent qb who helped bridge the gap so they didn't send bray to the wolves before he was ready! He's ready now after almost 9 weeks of practice reps and film watching! Had he played against oregons defense early, he would have either been killed or lost confidence!

volsfan430 writes:

in response to fasteddy41:

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We have Nance but I'm not feeling any playing time for him!

RockyBears2009 writes:

in response to Pullingguard:

Gee whiz, give us one more win (Memphis) for they will probably lose the remaining games verses Ky/OleMiss/Vandy.. Don't laugh, Vandy will play their best game of the year verses Vols. Lets just hope the recruiting gives us hope for the future with the youth now playing
for the Vols.. Prediction...Dooley will not make any coaching changes unless some leave on their own...but...he needs to look at defensive backfield coaching situation...

i do agree with you that the DBs are pretty weak this year and not very well coached/experienced (or so it would appear). jackson needs to stop trying to take people's heads off and realize he's not eric berry- that kid keeps getting beat. it's hard to single out a backfield though when your d-line is young and can't get much pressure on the qb.

i hope no coaches leave after this season, especially guys like wilcox. just like dooley, they need 2-3 seasons to show if they've got it or not. i will say that their play calling on offense really STINKS sometimes...even the announcer yesterday made the comment "how many times are they going to try and run that sweep play with rogers? stop running that play because it isn't working". i think everyone at home was thinking the same thing! but also when they have the ball 3rd and 20....and they run the ball off tackle...really? you have to call a play that at least gives them a chance to move the chains!

mikec1000000 writes:

Man, all these comments about who is the better QB. It's a mute point! Until the O-line can figure out how to keep the QB off his back every other play, it doesnt matter who starts. Newsflash to the coaches.....the QB is NOT the problem!

dtennessee#235123 writes:

Simms can't play and isn't getting any better. Every snap he takes is a wasted opportunity for Bray. There was a reason why Simms couln't play for Louisville. He has no talent.
As for Bray, he might not be the right guy either, at least we can find out since the season is lost anyway.
Least talented and most poorly prepared team in history.

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to TheBlue:

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My guess is it's trying to make the final decision for Worley coming to Tennessee and easy one. An entrenched Bray might give him second thoughts.

Ralph_Crampton writes:

I disagree with most folks that a bowl for the Vols would be good for them...after watyching or listening to their bowl games...they seemed to slip or slide to medioctry. The bowl practice sessions don't seem to help as they only practice a few days anyway. They do not seem to take the bowl games seriously...in the 50 years of covering their bowl games they seem to lose their focus and lose to underdogs who play with all the intensity of a super bowl game. They seem to lose something between the regular season and the bowl game. Bowl games are not the Vols cup of tea. The reason for this has puzzled many Vol fans for many years.

Ralph_Crampton writes:

Recall in the Orange Bowl game in 1947, Tennessee played one of top ranked teams in nation, the Rice Owls....It seems that the top players...the gut of the Vol team that won the SEC spent more time time in nightclubs than anywhere else in Miami...The Vol coach suspended these players indefinately...that meant the Vols caught could not play in the Big Orange Bowl. Tennessee would have to replace them with reserves with little or no experience...a terrific problem...but the reserves fought a big, tough and experienced Rice team down to the wire before losing 8-to-O. To be fair, the suspended players were psychological ex- GI's who had just left the battle fields of World War #2, where death and destruction had made football not so important to them. They were allowed to go on and complete their education at UT. It was their senior year, anyway.

rudy123 writes:

in response to CharlotteVol:

Huh?

Remember the last time this happened? Crompton looked lights out against LSU but played poorly the next week against Arkansas. Let's not crown Bray as the next Manning, just yet.
Who knows? Injuries happen all of the time and we could find ourselves needing Simms before the season ends.
Maybe the USC game was a one game wonder for Bray!
I believe that Simms should play the first half of the next 4 games. IF he is hot, then leave him in. If he is playing average, then let Bray play in the second half.
Let's get through this season and then let the off season sort out next years starting q.b.situation.

utfan36 writes:

i like what i seen with bray - the pic 6!beleave he might have moved on up to starter have nothing to lose get him ready for next year!

murrayvol writes:

in response to SEC1:

After all the vols bashing of the Gators we still control our own destiny in the east..lol now... Sims has been body slammed all year by top ten defenses; Bray looks better but Carolina DB'S looked like Clones of Art Evans and Evans couldn't cover my grandpa in his hov-a-round(motorized wheel chair). So sure Bray looks better against weaker opposition and neek week in Memphis he'll probabaly look like Peyton Manning Jr because Memphis is awful.

It'll be pure unadulterated hell losing to the Ol Ball Coach.....at home.....with the SECCG on the line. lol back atcha

BTW where did "neek" week at Memphis come from....brain fart??

joeh writes:

in response to mikec1000000:

Man, all these comments about who is the better QB. It's a mute point! Until the O-line can figure out how to keep the QB off his back every other play, it doesnt matter who starts. Newsflash to the coaches.....the QB is NOT the problem!

I'll bet it could also be a "moot" point.

FlaVol2 writes:

All things being discussed: I am for what works better. Try anything that makes sense - we have lost so many so why not try something else? What else is there to lose? We need to establish some amount of stability to win.

jandjhome#228397 writes:

To quote an old quote from Johnny Majors, Bray is crisper.

tennrich1 writes:

in response to SEC1:

After all the vols bashing of the Gators we still control our own destiny in the east..lol now... Sims has been body slammed all year by top ten defenses; Bray looks better but Carolina DB'S looked like Clones of Art Evans and Evans couldn't cover my grandpa in his hov-a-round(motorized wheel chair). So sure Bray looks better against weaker opposition and neek week in Memphis he'll probabaly look like Peyton Manning Jr because Memphis is awful.

Man I must ask this question, How can Georgia or Florida be as bad as they are (and they both looked bad, especially that inept offensive line of Florida) when there respective states are at the top loaded with talent every year...I mean, seriously, I don't understand that. Tennessee must fight EVERY year to recruit top level athletes because we dont have enough. To me, if you're a Florida or Georgia fan, 5-3 or 4-5 should be COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE...no less than 2 losses for the season should EVER be tolerated...And the facts COMPLETELY support this position....I'M JUST SAYING.....

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

Coach Kiffin recognized that the second string quarterback is usually the fans' favorite player, and refused to give in to fan pressure, even when the struggling senior quarterback was booed when he took the field at home, and was receiving death threats. As a result, we ended the season with one of the best quarterbacks in the SEC. Coach Dooley seems to be following Coach Fulmer's 08 philosophy, by pulling Sims (who had been playing very well) after he fumbled due to a blind side hit as a result of a missed block. I think coaches should be cautious about giving in to knee-jerk reactions like this.

volfan4life1998 writes:

in response to RoadTrip:

I agree with Plastic as well. If you have Bray starting sooner in the year he would already have learned not to throw the pass he did on the Pic 6. Sims has had 8 games plus two seasons with other schools to learn how to read defenses and get the pass off and he still cannot do it consistently. He can't learn how to have pocket presence. You either have it or you don't. Bray has it - he can slide, step up or back, twist away to buy a second. Sims holds to the last tenth of a second and gets smoked - no pocket presence. Add that to a gun for an arm that the receivers seemingly have little trouble catching balls from - it's all Bray and has been since the Orange/White game. Very few people wanted to believe this was a practice season for 2011 forward. Now you know - so get the young pups in the games!

Go Vols!

Ehh that pick 6 pass was kind of a fluke. It was a D End in coverage. Bray had probably never seen that look before. I bet he wont make that same mistake again. Were 2-6.. go with Bray. Especially since Simms wants to be a baby and whine to the media when things don't go his way. Bray is physically a better QB. Sees the field better and did anyone notice on the TD pass to Moore he pump faked to the left and came back looked down field and anticipated the throw. Two things we've never seen Simms do. Anticipate a throw and look off coverage.

SummittsCourt writes:

ON the upside, the weasel boy's defense gave up 53 to Oregon.

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

I guess we will have the same problem next year. When we lose in Oct. to Fla., Ala, and whomever, a bunch of the couch potatoes will want Worley to start over Bray. I think the potatoes should just shut the traps and let the coaches figure it out.

bigorange61 writes:

The writer states "Bray was 9-for-15 for 153 yards and a touchdown. Each was sacked three times."

If memory serves me correctly, Bray threw a TD pass to Moore and Jones. That makes two.

Yeah, I know. Three if you count Devan Taylor.

Futurecoach16 writes:

in response to Plasticman:

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Except the wide open running back on a screen play before taking a sack that made it 3rd and 25. And staring at the one receiver on that pick-six, correct?

vestc#256986 writes:

I say go with Bray mostly because of Simms attitude. He sounded selfish to me. We could win these next 4 and end up at 6-6. That's where we realistically hoped to be anyway. Only disadvantage to starting Bray is it makes recruiting a little tougher because opposing coaches will use the "freshman" thing against us. But I think we have Worley already and hopefully can add one more. Let's go win the next 4!

volfan4life1998 writes:

in response to Futurecoach16:

Except the wide open running back on a screen play before taking a sack that made it 3rd and 25. And staring at the one receiver on that pick-six, correct?

Haha how about Simms holding the ball for a lifetime and getting hit and fumbling? No it wasn't the O Line. It was his fault for holding the ball too long. Brays pass to Moore for the TD was better than ANY pass I've seen Simms throw all year. He pump faked to the left and came back and hit Moore deep for the TD. He also anticipated the throw. Moore wasn't open when Bray threw it. Simms would have most likely thrown that ball late which would have resulted in a pick (See end zone pick against Bama) Two things we haven't seen Simms do. Look off coverage and anticipate a throw. Bray also converted a 3&11. And I'm pretty sure he almost coverted the 3&25 you were refering to. If it's taking sacks your worried about then we should defently go with Bray. Simms is a taking sacks machine! Also the Bray pick was kind of a fluke. It was a D End dropping into coverage. A look Bray had probably never seen in his life. I bet he wont make that mistake again.

adamsmith5529#630125 writes:

SIMS HAS GOT TO GO...this guy is a problem and he is careless with the media. he made two really bad plays and Bray only had one. when you look at it, Sims really hurt us more than he has helped us in this game. those 2 fumbles killed us. the 1st kept us from getting us a TD. the second led SC to a TD. both were a very important times in the game. This kid is rotten, and his daddy has gave him everything. He and his older brother are really big sissys. maybe if he learned to take a hit and not flinch up like a girl, he wouldn't fumble....or.. make the throw and then take the hit. i really hate this guy

AtLannaVol writes:

You have to start Simms. While it's true that Bray is more of a true passer than Simms, it's not fair to Simms to have him start the hardest part of the season and just get pummeled, then hand the job to Bray for the easy games. Simms definitely holds on to the ball to long. Probably because every Vol down in DooVille blamed our first losses on him for throwing interceptions. So now he waits for receivers to be safely open before he throws. Bray drops back: 1-2-3 and throws. So he doesn't get hammered as much (and fumble) BUT he sometimes throws it to the wrong team--just like Simms used to.

So continue to start Simms, and bring Bray in when needed, or for mop up.

One other really important reason you can't start Bray--Someone will break him in half!!

If he took half the hits that Simms has already taken, he'd be dead 4 or 5 times over. We all know he's not really 210 pounds. He's 190 with his cleats on.

Bray is good but not ready to start. Simms is good and deserves to keep his job. I think that he will get the message now to get the ball out quicker. Leave the man be. He's hurtin enough already!!

CarlChilders writes:

Just a note... Before yesterday, when was the last time we broke the 20 point barrier? I consider it a milestone. Oh yeah, UAB in overtime. Not knocking anyone. I just saw something to build on with TB.

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

I sure can't agree with the posters who think we should make this a throw-away season to prepare for next year. We still have a chance to go 6-6 and make a bowl. At least we should go all out to win 5 games so we will remain one of two schools that have never lost more than 7 games. 3 of these next 4 games are very winable, and I hope the coach will go all out to win, and will not just use these games as practice for next year. We need to play the players that give us the best chance to win THIS YEAR. Let's go 4-0 in November. Go Vols!!

Futurecoach16 writes:

in response to volfan4life1998:

Haha how about Simms holding the ball for a lifetime and getting hit and fumbling? No it wasn't the O Line. It was his fault for holding the ball too long. Brays pass to Moore for the TD was better than ANY pass I've seen Simms throw all year. He pump faked to the left and came back and hit Moore deep for the TD. He also anticipated the throw. Moore wasn't open when Bray threw it. Simms would have most likely thrown that ball late which would have resulted in a pick (See end zone pick against Bama) Two things we haven't seen Simms do. Look off coverage and anticipate a throw. Bray also converted a 3&11. And I'm pretty sure he almost coverted the 3&25 you were refering to. If it's taking sacks your worried about then we should defently go with Bray. Simms is a taking sacks machine! Also the Bray pick was kind of a fluke. It was a D End dropping into coverage. A look Bray had probably never seen in his life. I bet he wont make that mistake again.

Actually, he didn't. It was before the punt that USC fumbled, but recovered. There was a run up the middle on that 3rd down. However, I will give credit where credit is due: Bray had some amazing passes yesterday. He, by far, is more talented than Simms. No denying that her. However, I still don't believe he has the mental capacity yet to handle the big games. Will he beat out Simms next year? Absolutely. But as another poster said, it wouldn't be right to automatically make Bray the starter after Simms put it all on the field for this team. That's like if they took Rick Clausen out after the rough stretch to put Ainge or Schaeffer back in, just because they were more talented. I'm starting to like Bray, but I still don't think he's ready to start quite yet. His time will come. And he'll be a very good UT quarterback.

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