Eventually, Tyler Bray popped in the game film and watched the last throw of his freshman season.
It looked exactly like the replay that had been running through his mind.
The painful, double-overtime loss suffered in the Music City Bowl against North Carolina last year isn't likely to be forgotten by anybody on the Tennessee roster, and it would be understandable if Bray never wanted to watch the tape, given the painful ending to a breakout campaign and a four-game winning streak. But as part of his maturation process and growing dedication to studying the game, Bray fired up the footage saved to his laptop over the summer and relived the experience.
Not that he had forgotten about where it all slipped away in the first place.
"Oh yeah, I could pretty much tell you the whole play," Bray said. "Play-action pass, (Channing) Fugate out in the flat, you've got Gerald (Jones) and (Denarius Moore) coming on the back side.
"I threw it right to (the defender) — can't pronounce his last name."
For the record, it was Quan Sturdivant pulling down the ill-advised attempt to Fugate in the second session of overtime, and properly identifying the Tar Heels linebacker is basically the only detail Bray seems to be missing.
The film wasn't all bad for Bray in a game where he completed 27 of 45 passes for 312 yards, though the sophomore picked out a few other balls he'd want back when breaking down his only loss as a starter with UT — no surprise since he was on the hook for two other interceptions.
Bray also threw four touchdowns against the best defense he faced in full-time action, including a bullet in the first overtime to Luke Stocker to extend the game. But considering that he hasn't attempted another meaningful pass in a game situation since the one that set the table for the Tar Heels, the critical interception still seems to stand out in his mind.
"Unfortunately that was Tyler's last play from last year, and I hope it does burn in his heart what happened," quarterbacks coach Darin Hinshaw said. "But you have to always learn from your mistakes. Then you also have to put them behind you and move forward. You can't live in the past, you've go to be able to live for your next throw.
"We always talk about a white piece of paper. Every play you're starting over. It hurts when you make mistakes and things don't go your way, and that's good. It should hurt, but on the same boat, we've got to be able to learn from it. Learn from the negatives, but erase them and get ready for the next play — it can change the game, the next play."
Typically the wait isn't nearly this long, which for Bray could have provided too much time to dwell on his mistake.
His easygoing nature helps eliminate some of that risk, and even when the Vols continued running the same play in summer workouts Bray wasn't freezing up from negative flashbacks.
Instead, he simply applied one key lesson and offered a warning to Fugate.
"We've run that play this summer," Bray said. "Once I just told Fugate, 'You're not going to get the ball, don't expect the ball this play again because it's not going to work.' He knows on that play he's not getting the ball.
"I was just trying to move too quick. My mind was a little behind, and I tried to throw it and force something, he stepped in front of it and made a play. ... It's kind of hard to forget that one, but you've just got to move on."
Bray's chance to do it by taking his next snap in a game is less than a month away. If for some reason he needs a reminder about the last one, it apparently won't require starting his computer.