UT's Tyler Bray grows into larger role

Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray (8) leads his team as they do jumping jacks during practice at Neyland Stadium Saturday, April 2, 2011.

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Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray (8) leads his team as they do jumping jacks during practice at Neyland Stadium Saturday, April 2, 2011.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee’s coaching staff is using spring practice to put more of the playbook and more offensive responsibilities on quarterback Tyler Bray, meaning more is going through the rising sophomore’s head.

Sometimes, there’s too much thinking.

“[He’s] trying to be a better football player, thinking about the little things that I’m on his butt about all the time as opposed to just playing,” Volunteers offensive coordinator Jim Chaney said after Wednesday’s practice, the ninth of the spring. “There comes a time you’ve got to forget what I’ve told you and just go play, and I think he was trying to do too good sometimes. He’s doing fine now, he just needs to keep growing up as a player.”

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give_him_6 writes:

Good article TFP. Are you listening KNS?

Coach_K writes:

Go get 'em Tyler!

"Tyler drops back... throws it to the back corner of the end zone....Justin Hunter makes a leaping catch....give him six!"

CCLC writes:

Last year he played during the Cinderella portion of the Vol schedule. This year he will the good fortune of opening against two less than competitive teams followed by the meat grinder that is the SEC schedule. Hope he puts on some muscle over the summer.

voloffaith writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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Question is who were ewe b4 ewe were banned? New poster name starting 3/25/2011. Ure style looks very familiar of a former poster child on here.

Are you normally this happy and joyful? Just trying to figure out how someone gets that way by being negative. Haven't really found one that can honestly say it makes them glad etc.

On topic, keep growing young,mister Bray and ignore the negative ninnies(DR. Smith of Lost in Space) types.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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..But wait!! From under the Vol Hostess seats the Witch Doctor sees what happens and pokes a pin in the DB's leg! he coughs up ball, wait! its snagged by Hunter and he scrambles for a TD!!
Witch Doctor like pretend too! lol.
Bones never lie.

Huttdawg100 writes:

Yeah. I think I got a little too excited about Bray moving into next season, and I personally need to be patient next year. He's 19, and he's going to miss some throws and he's going to throw interceptions. There's no question that the physical talents and raw ability is there. Bray can sling it. But it's going to be the mental aspect of the game that we'll have to show patient with. This is the SEC. We've got to deal with the best defensive minds in the game: Saban/Smart, Muschamp, Chief. I jut hope that Poole, Neal, and Rivera can take some of the pressure off of Bray's shoulders.

Huttdawg100 writes:

I really felt bad about the Crompton situation, and I hope it doesn't happen to Bray. A lot of us beat up Crompton (me included), and it was clearly the system and not the QB.

BrayIsTheWay writes:

Who's the way??? You know who!

Volunteer-Varmint writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

..But wait!! From under the Vol Hostess seats the Witch Doctor sees what happens and pokes a pin in the DB's leg! he coughs up ball, wait! its snagged by Hunter and he scrambles for a TD!!
Witch Doctor like pretend too! lol.
Bones never lie.

Nice. Give em h311 WD. Go Vols

devo-evol writes:

hopefully if the reason he came to UT is because of Peyton then I hope he takes notice of Peyton's work habits. bray has talent for sure but he needs watch the film and study the playbook and work overtime with his receivers.

Voluvr writes:

in response to give_him_6:

Good article TFP. Are you listening KNS?

Interesting how KNS/GVX seems bent on running UT Sports into the ground sometimes. Without UT, they wouldn't be as big as the school paper. Seems you would be more positive to the host that keeps you alive.

NashvillePreds writes:

in response to BrayIsTheWay:

Who's the way??? You know who!

Awesome

usnavyvol writes:

in response to BolivarBob:

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No fear BB...My kool-aid is always orange and glass is always full...We, I feel are going to be a pretty good team and will the ones busting heads this year. The Dooley express is on the right track and things are looking better. I like where we are and who we are becoming.

Cldvols1 writes:

149 days until Montana, he'll be fine! Sooooo ready for football season, Go Big Orange!!!

CoverOrange writes:

Anybody else miss Cutcliffe as QB coach?

orangeman1 writes:

in response to TennVolAlum:

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If they cant make the running game more productive and are slinging it around like last year, then I'm afraid the slump might happen. How many times a game can he throw it up in the air for Hunter to go get. Also without Jones and Moore it will be harder for the other sophomore receivers to be the go to men. It will be interesting to see how Bray performs against some top quality defenses too. I just hope the running game is more productive and the offense should be just fine.

ChrisUTvol writes:

in response to Whatthehellsgoingonoutthere:

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Can't find the like button.Oh well "FUNNY"

gatorhator4eva writes:

163 days until florida. i think we will be ready. i cant wait. lookin for an upset in the swamp. book your tix soon or u could miss it. 9/17/11

givehim6 writes:

in response to devo-evol:

hopefully if the reason he came to UT is because of Peyton then I hope he takes notice of Peyton's work habits. bray has talent for sure but he needs watch the film and study the playbook and work overtime with his receivers.

And learning to read the defence!

orangeman1 writes:

in response to FLVOL79:

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Chavis helped make Fulmer the most successful in most of our lifetimes too. So, did other great asst coaches he hired. So did the players he recruited. So did his passion and loyalty for UT. There are alot of things that made Fulmer the most successful UT coach in our lifetime. It all starts at the top.

CCLC writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

Anybody else miss Cutcliffe as QB coach?

Probably Bray .... only he doesn't know it yet.
just sayin'

CCLC writes:

I miss Clausen.
maybe Bray can replace him, with Tennessee QB Casey Clausen on the sideline due to injury, Georgia dispatched the Vols once again on its way to a 13-1 record and its first SEC title in 20 years. Clausen, for his part, was unimpressed: He said after the game that the Vols "would have won by at least a couple of touchdowns" had he been healthy enough to play, adding for good measure that he could've "played on one arm" in the process. Those words, though, came back to haunt him in Knoxville a year later. Just seconds before halftime, Clausen had led his team down to the Georgia one yard line when he bumped into his fullback and put the ball on the ground; Georgia safety Sean Jones scooped it up without even breaking stride and raced 92 yards the other way for a touchdown. Thus, a potential 14-13 halftime lead for the Vols became a 20-7 hole, and Clausen pretty much imploded from there, going 2-8 for 16 yards and two picks in the second half. By the time he was yanked for backup C.J. Leak in the fourth quarter, Georgia led 41-7 and the only people left in the stadium were Georgia fans chanting "Ca-sey, Ca-sey" from the north end zone.

I was one of them, and I'm not gonna lie, kids, that was one of the most glorious nights of my life. And it only got better: Later that night, at the apartment where we were staying, I heard a number of Vol fans gravely expressing their misery over the current state of affairs. Whatever powers of intimidation the Vols had held over the 1990s Dawgs had vanished, and now it was the Big Orange's turn to wonder whether they'd ever notch a victory in the rivalry again. Sucks to have those kind of thoughts, doesn't it?
just sayin'.......all in good humor folks.... let's not get testy. This thread was somewhat boring... at best....

martintnvol writes:

in response to orangeman1:

Chavis helped make Fulmer the most successful in most of our lifetimes too. So, did other great asst coaches he hired. So did the players he recruited. So did his passion and loyalty for UT. There are alot of things that made Fulmer the most successful UT coach in our lifetime. It all starts at the top.

yes

hueypilot writes:

in response to CCLC:

I miss Clausen.
maybe Bray can replace him, with Tennessee QB Casey Clausen on the sideline due to injury, Georgia dispatched the Vols once again on its way to a 13-1 record and its first SEC title in 20 years. Clausen, for his part, was unimpressed: He said after the game that the Vols "would have won by at least a couple of touchdowns" had he been healthy enough to play, adding for good measure that he could've "played on one arm" in the process. Those words, though, came back to haunt him in Knoxville a year later. Just seconds before halftime, Clausen had led his team down to the Georgia one yard line when he bumped into his fullback and put the ball on the ground; Georgia safety Sean Jones scooped it up without even breaking stride and raced 92 yards the other way for a touchdown. Thus, a potential 14-13 halftime lead for the Vols became a 20-7 hole, and Clausen pretty much imploded from there, going 2-8 for 16 yards and two picks in the second half. By the time he was yanked for backup C.J. Leak in the fourth quarter, Georgia led 41-7 and the only people left in the stadium were Georgia fans chanting "Ca-sey, Ca-sey" from the north end zone.

I was one of them, and I'm not gonna lie, kids, that was one of the most glorious nights of my life. And it only got better: Later that night, at the apartment where we were staying, I heard a number of Vol fans gravely expressing their misery over the current state of affairs. Whatever powers of intimidation the Vols had held over the 1990s Dawgs had vanished, and now it was the Big Orange's turn to wonder whether they'd ever notch a victory in the rivalry again. Sucks to have those kind of thoughts, doesn't it?
just sayin'.......all in good humor folks.... let's not get testy. This thread was somewhat boring... at best....

Mark Richt is a nice guy, and a fine man, but I'm not sure anyone has done less with more talent than MR. As for me, I miss Ray Goof and Jim Donnen. I remember going to Athens in 1998 and the front page story on the local paper wondered if Georgia had enough security to keep the kids off the field after Hines Ward and his mates disposed of the Vols. You remember that day dontcha? Tee Martin was the best player on the field that day. Ah memories. Wonderful thing memories.

CCLC writes:

in response to FLVOL79:

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Tennessee's status as a rival has, to put it gently, declined in the eyes of Georgia fans. The worst team that Richt fielded ended in his first losing season in a decade ...yet still "blew you out 44-14" Did you get that? We're not alone: with the exception of Florida and their perennial whipping boy Kentucky, the Tennessee game has lost its luster across the board thanks to program mismanagement, an upsurge of competitors encroaching on Tennessee's already small recruiting footprint, and the wrath of an arbitrarily angry God pointing in the correct direction for once. Big ups, angry random deity!

CCLC writes:

in response to hueypilot:

Mark Richt is a nice guy, and a fine man, but I'm not sure anyone has done less with more talent than MR. As for me, I miss Ray Goof and Jim Donnen. I remember going to Athens in 1998 and the front page story on the local paper wondered if Georgia had enough security to keep the kids off the field after Hines Ward and his mates disposed of the Vols. You remember that day dontcha? Tee Martin was the best player on the field that day. Ah memories. Wonderful thing memories.

I'm surprised your poster child was Tee and you contrasted him with Hines. Really? Tee couldn't hold Wards jock. Derek Dooley is likely a step in the right direction for many reasons. He recruits, something his penultimate predecessor did not do in the last three or four years of his program. He is not a dick, unlike his predecessor, and will not pile any loaner cars into lakes late at night under suspicious conditions. He has his team practicing good shower discipline after forcing them to watch him take a proper shower nude in front of their horrified eyes.

DON'T LOOK AWAY! IT'S NOT LIKE THE SIGHT OF A GROWN MAN NAKED EVER KILLED ANYONE! NOW GET IN THERE LIKE YOU MEAN IT, DEEP INTO THE ANAL CLEFT WITH YOUR BARE HAND, NOT THE WASHCLOTH WE MAKE TOILET PAPER FOR A REASON. YOU'RE GONNA USE THIS ON YOUR FACE, AND YOU CAN ALWAYS WASH YOUR HANDS!

The Tennessee team alternates throwing up and laughing until they throw up at this speech.

Dooley's a hands-on guy, and will probably get the program into a respectable spot in the SEC East before being fired for only winning eight games one year. Then Mike Hamilton will reach into his bag of HR magic, root around for three seconds or so, and hire Les Miles. This will trigger a series of dignified, General Neyland-approved suicides across East Tennessee, and no one will blame any of you for a damm second for it.

iadvol writes:

i can see 8 or 9 wins this year. However, 2012 is shaping up to be even better with 10 or 11 wins. just need another good recruiting class heavy on ready to play LB's and DL's.

CCLC writes:

in response to FLVOL79:

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Was the 2010 team included in your "worst teams of UT" profile? Goodness lighten up. Your athletic department in general is a wreck now thanks to their men's basketball coach admitting that he lied to the NCAA. It was Bruce Pearl doing the lying, so you know it was a well-told, charismatic lie ending with an increased admiration for Pearl, some backslapping, and possibly some energetic light whoring. It was fun, but it is sadly runs counter to the interests of the University of Tennessee and cost Pearl $3 million and possibly much more down the road. Pat Summitt is standing around wondering when any of you are going to grow a c0ck bigger than hers and act like men.
just sayin'

CCLC writes:

in response to KCHS_alum:

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“You can’t spell ‘Citrus’ without ’UT” is still one of my favorite quotes of all-time. And I’m not a Floriduh fan. Yet the iconic call from Larry Munson ("We just stepped on their face with a hobnail boot and broke their nose!")....... It was a statement-making upset for a program. Has to rank up there. Memories indeed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
just sayin'

NashvillePreds writes:

in response to CCLC:

“You can’t spell ‘Citrus’ without ’UT” is still one of my favorite quotes of all-time. And I’m not a Floriduh fan. Yet the iconic call from Larry Munson ("We just stepped on their face with a hobnail boot and broke their nose!")....... It was a statement-making upset for a program. Has to rank up there. Memories indeed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
just sayin'

I remember growing up during the 90s, and asking my father why uga was allowed to be in the SEC.
I remember 2004, when uga was supposed to be a National Championship contender (as if that will EVER happen again) and Tennessee went down there and won. I remember the uga fans, literally crying in the stands. I remember 2007, when uga was supposed to crush UT, and we routed them, in Neyland. I remember 2009, when Tennessee, with Jonathan Crompton, blew out uga. I remember 2011, when the same thing happened. I remember when you came onto a UT board, regarding a story about Tyler Bray, and made yourself look like a fool.

At least you have an original mascot..er
At least you have an orignal color... er
At least you are the best team in your own state...er
At least Tennessee didn't come down there, and take some of your best recruits... er
At least a georgia player didn't get arrested in the past 5 minutes.... er
At least you're relevant in women's gymnastics... BINGO!

gatorhator4eva writes:

in response to FLVOL79:

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tell me about it, he was barely meteocer(how ever u spell it). tennessee has to be ready though. i was in the sunshine stands two years ago, a sizzler. now im on oppisite side this year(lol, lesson learned), in double digit numbered section(fl territory, im going to be incredibly annoying. lot of fl hators, but got to represent). bray and the recievers can keep up i think, but someone in the runnning game has to step up.

CCLC writes:

in response to NashvillePreds:

I remember growing up during the 90s, and asking my father why uga was allowed to be in the SEC.
I remember 2004, when uga was supposed to be a National Championship contender (as if that will EVER happen again) and Tennessee went down there and won. I remember the uga fans, literally crying in the stands. I remember 2007, when uga was supposed to crush UT, and we routed them, in Neyland. I remember 2009, when Tennessee, with Jonathan Crompton, blew out uga. I remember 2011, when the same thing happened. I remember when you came onto a UT board, regarding a story about Tyler Bray, and made yourself look like a fool.

At least you have an original mascot..er
At least you have an orignal color... er
At least you are the best team in your own state...er
At least Tennessee didn't come down there, and take some of your best recruits... er
At least a georgia player didn't get arrested in the past 5 minutes.... er
At least you're relevant in women's gymnastics... BINGO!

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gatorhator4eva writes:

one other thing, no one has seem muschamp play in sec before, whole different ballgame! we will see how he does, does he relize the teams he is going to have to play week after week.

CCLC writes:

Where is Monty Hall when you need him?

VolinCalif writes:

in response to orangeman1:

Chavis helped make Fulmer the most successful in most of our lifetimes too. So, did other great asst coaches he hired. So did the players he recruited. So did his passion and loyalty for UT. There are alot of things that made Fulmer the most successful UT coach in our lifetime. It all starts at the top.

You have that right. But after a long time at the top if you aren't careful the Pigeons will roost on top of you.

CCLC writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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..the kid has a lot of upside if he stays healthy. By the time he gets to play the GameCocks he will be battle hardened ...or crippled.
just sayin'

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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Witch Doctor guess that why you on here day and night? Witch Doctor say confident words on anonymous board weak sauce when worried; bothered by-actions contradict. Witch Doctor say funny truth about people is the they always tell you their weakness by attempting to cover it as strength.
Bones never lie.
Witch Doctor wonder how many post you post this week(?)

crimsonviper writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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Funny post,zz...Almost as funny as your Brantley will win the Heisman post before last season...Bwahahaha! You crack me up!

Vol43 writes:

in response to CCLC:

..the kid has a lot of upside if he stays healthy. By the time he gets to play the GameCocks he will be battle hardened ...or crippled.
just sayin'

Why don't you two love birds fly away somewhere and create a new breed?

thetrollhunter writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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Your school has to have a football team before you can talk about anything involving football.

wheatbarley writes:

in response to hueypilot:

Mark Richt is a nice guy, and a fine man, but I'm not sure anyone has done less with more talent than MR. As for me, I miss Ray Goof and Jim Donnen. I remember going to Athens in 1998 and the front page story on the local paper wondered if Georgia had enough security to keep the kids off the field after Hines Ward and his mates disposed of the Vols. You remember that day dontcha? Tee Martin was the best player on the field that day. Ah memories. Wonderful thing memories.

Huey, I was at that game, too. I grew up in Athens, my father was a professor at UGA. When the kid came by with the paper/lineup I bought one and immediately said "UT will win today." One of my friends said "How do you know?" I said the article was about goalpost safety. We won, but won ugly. I think Derek Dooley is the best thing that has happened to Tennessee football in a long time. Go Vols!

CCLC writes:

in response to wheatbarley:

Huey, I was at that game, too. I grew up in Athens, my father was a professor at UGA. When the kid came by with the paper/lineup I bought one and immediately said "UT will win today." One of my friends said "How do you know?" I said the article was about goalpost safety. We won, but won ugly. I think Derek Dooley is the best thing that has happened to Tennessee football in a long time. Go Vols!

Georgia Talent and Georgia Homegrown Coaching may lead you out of the wilderness....for sure.... but It will be a Georgia product that saves you...
just sayin'

Bogus writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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Speaking about QB's crying...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnujjW...

VOLSGURLINCHARLOTTE writes:

in response to CantStandSaban:

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I am hoping we can see the throat slash after we beat Vandy AGAIN....you will have Aaron Rodgers little brother getting killed by all the SEC schools.

VolGrad writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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Anybody here smell a dead horse yet?

:)
GBO!

VolGrad writes:

The both of you posting back and forth and back and forth, etc about the Tennessee-Georgia rivalry not being a rivalry are effecting proving that it is still quite a rivalry. And anyone who resorts to mentioning women's gymnastics in an effort to prove a point on a football message board has only proven the impotence of their mental faculties.

Go Vols!

abnerPeabody writes:

in response to voladmiral:

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Did you ever make a typo?

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to Whatthehellsgoingonoutthere:

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Witch Doctor say what funny is he is on here more than KNS.
Bones never lie.

copia69296 writes:

I like Bray.... however, I am tired of hearing about Bray . What about the new guys??!!?

CCLC writes:

in response to Whatthehellsgoingonoutthere:

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Tebow was a winner before he started the grandstanding...............
just sayin'

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