Tyler Bray ready to start over

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Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray, center, runs the gauntlet with fellow players during practice Friday at Haslam Field.

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Adam Brimer/News Sentinel Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray, center, runs the gauntlet with fellow players during practice Friday at Haslam Field.

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.

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

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UTVOL2001 writes:

first

UTVOL2001 writes:

dang! i mean second

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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No troll, but you did...........as usual

SEC1 writes:

braycrow! braycrow!

OrangePsyched writes:

I had forgotten the TB is undefeated as a starter in the SEC. I don't care if it was Ole Miss, Vandy and Kentucky, he is the only returning starter who can say that. Let's hope he's undefeated heading into the swamp and gives those fans good reason to be the drunken idiots that they are..not that there's anything wrong with that.

jcherrie#219531 (Inactive) writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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I'm upset that he didn't taunt those losers more! NC is history just like crying Tim Virgin Tebow girl!

Bray is the future!

jcherrie#219531 (Inactive) writes:

in response to SEC1:

braycrow! braycrow!

If F.U can't get more than 8 wins with the QB of future (John Can'tley) in 2010 -- Bray will be crowing in 2011!!

jcherrie#219531 (Inactive) writes:

Florida was one of the most overrated teams in both 2010 and 2011 --- there is no reason for 2012 to be any different once they develop a case of TB!!!!

copia69296 writes:

More stories and pictures of Bray, just what we were looking for. My only concern for TB is that Dooley admitted he did not put on much weight in the off-season. Not sure he can take the same hits Simm's took.

How are the new freshman doing in practice? How about something on the new incoming QB's?

Huttdawg100 writes:

Tennessee quarterbacks from California are undefeated in the Swamp, and Florida only has 4 returning starters on defense. I say Clausen's trend continues with Bray, and the gators get barbecued on 9-17-11.

Tennessee 31
Florida 13

VolGrad writes:

Someone at GVX needs to call ORKIN. There seems to be an infestation here.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

If Danielle Lincoln could have hit a darn XP, Bray wouldn't have thrown the last pick.

tree_em_smokey writes:

8-4 with a win over fl.

Ut-63
Fl-3
Write it down!

TXVol14 writes:

in response to Others_Not_Receiving_Votes:

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VOLFAN4LIFEgovols writes:

in response to copia69296:

More stories and pictures of Bray, just what we were looking for. My only concern for TB is that Dooley admitted he did not put on much weight in the off-season. Not sure he can take the same hits Simm's took.

How are the new freshman doing in practice? How about something on the new incoming QB's?

Idk bray took some licks last year 2 and popd right up.

VOLFAN4LIFEgovols writes:

in response to Others_Not_Receiving_Votes:

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Seems smart to me cause it has you talking about it doesnt it.

P.S. learn to spell your wisecracks right b4 u post it next time.

volsfannsc writes:

in response to Rich_Is_Re-born:

If Danielle Lincoln could have hit a darn XP, Bray wouldn't have thrown the last pick.

You just said a mouthful. Until the last few years, we have alway had an excellent kicking game. We could count on field goals- anything inside the 45 was a given. Punting always gave us great field position. Don't get me wrong, I love my Vols and CDD but this seems to be an important area to shore up and it doesn't seem that much attention has been given to it. I really wish this changes.

SummittsCourt writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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man you just can't help being stupid can you?

SummittsCourt writes:

Sounds like we will have a motivated, matured QB on our team this year. Look out SEC!

RockyTopinAlabubba writes:

in response to Rich_Is_Re-born:

If Danielle Lincoln could have hit a darn XP, Bray wouldn't have thrown the last pick.

Ole Stinkin Lincoln!

jjsteel writes:

Tn drivers license and Tn birth certificate should be required for registering on this site.

tennvolsman19651965 writes:

in response to InDestruCtible:

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Wow! What planet did Florida go 13-1 on in 2010????? You need to quit while you are behind!

tennvolsman19651965 writes:

I hope Bray did learn from the Bowl game! Sound like maybe he has matured a bit. He needs to, because Worely is waiting for him to mess up, just like Bray waited for Simms to mess up!

wildmed writes:

Is anyone on the depth chart pushing Bray?

wildmed writes:

in response to slaw_way:

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Amen to that!! Cafego looked like an old man comfortable in his post and since he's been gone the kicking game hasn't been the same.

tennvolsman19651965 writes:

in response to Others_Not_Receiving_Votes:

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With the change in rules this year, those LOKO and Gator chop gestures can bring points off the board. They better cut the phooey and get with the program. I would hate to see those gestures cost the Vols a game!

tennvolsman19651965 writes:

in response to wildmed:

Is anyone on the depth chart pushing Bray?

Justin Worely? Gatorade player of the year out of high school last year?

tennrich1 writes:

Man just a few comments read and I think we must be on the verge of return...you just don't get this much resistance from "others" unless you are becoming relevant again...Most positive I've felt about our team in a long time....oh and we still went to a bowl game last year...still hard to believe....Go Vols!!!!

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to tennrich1:

Man just a few comments read and I think we must be on the verge of return...you just don't get this much resistance from "others" unless you are becoming relevant again...Most positive I've felt about our team in a long time....oh and we still went to a bowl game last year...still hard to believe....Go Vols!!!!

Witch Doctor agree PLUS Rucker just wrote some story about Bray($) on his site. Witch Doctor say the irony of these pretend "lopes" on here is comical. Witch Doctor say that some brilliant marketing...yawn.
Bones never lie
*save your money

VolFanInTheBoro (Inactive) writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors_Daddy:

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Bodeane it's 3:19 am and your Vols obsession continues

tennvolsman19651965 writes:

in response to BolivarBob:

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From everything I have read, Worely would be the one pushing Bray, not Simms. That is, unless they redshirt him. I was told that Worely outperformed both of them in the Orange and White game, and that Worely is way ahead of where Bray was as a Freshman this time last year.

voloffaith writes:

in response to GhostOFLaneKiffinFan:

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Decent post...yet it reveals banned poster reinvented for the third or fourth time in last month. Tommy mommy told you to stop spewing venomous stuff on that site. Now get outside and cut that grass and trim the bushes....no not George W. The plants sonny boy.

On topic,Bray won't surprise anyone since they have the film on last year. Needs to step and play smart and utilize what will hopefully be a good running attack and short passing game to loosen up defenses. I'm looking at teams putting 7 or 8 in the box to force passing game. Tell will time y'all. GO VOLS!!!

jdcdjc writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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Why don't you crawl off under your bridge and die!!!

BigVolFaninSC writes:

in response to copia69296:

More stories and pictures of Bray, just what we were looking for. My only concern for TB is that Dooley admitted he did not put on much weight in the off-season. Not sure he can take the same hits Simm's took.

How are the new freshman doing in practice? How about something on the new incoming QB's?

7 pounds on TB is like 20 on someone else. He must have a very high metabolism! As the offensive line will be MUCH improved, he (or any Vol QB) will not have to take the same hits as last year! Line play is the key to our success!

jack_2222#231746 writes:

It's obvious the Vols are coming back- the trolls are terrified.

NoMoreWooAfterGoodOleRockyTop writes:

It wasn't your fault UT lost Tyler, or the refs; it was Lincoln's.

tennvolsman19651965 writes:

in response to Tweetdriver63:

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I havent studied the ruling that deeply. I just know that everytime I hear about it, they have said that celebration penalties and taunting WILL TAKE POINTS OFF THE SCOREBOARD! I hope you are right. It didnt bother me when they twirled their fingers around their ears either. But I agree with you, they need to get the rule straight before the season starts. What I have noticed, what one NCAA official thinks is the rule is not always the same way another translates it.

tennvolsman19651965 writes:

in response to CrippledCoon:

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That is not what I am getting first hand from a beat writer in Knoxville.

givehim6 writes:

in response to GhostOFLaneKiffinFan:

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Hi NN, you got time to post? Thought you'ld be hard at work after all you got all of us disabled people to support, right? Anyway, it's a good idea telling the UF players Bray is nervous about that play he has all summer to perfect it. So when we go to the swamp this year and run it it will catch them of guard. I smell an upset.

tennvolsman19651965 writes:

in response to Tweetdriver63:

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Thanks for setting me straight! I will look into a little deeper, but it sounds like you have heard more about the new rule than I have. The other new rule, from what I have read would have won our bowl game for us last year though. Running off the clock, on an offensive penalty. Just like the pro's. Have you heard differently on that one? Although I have to agree with a few of the guys on here about Lincoln missing the extra, we wouldnt be talking about the loss.

tennvolsman19651965 writes:

in response to Tweetdriver63:

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One of the new rules just announced for the 2011 college football season puts more teeth into anti-taunting measures, nullifying a score if a player celebrates before reaching the end zone. Taking points off the board — now that gets coaches' attention.
There ya go. You were correct! I googled it. lol.

givehim6 writes:

in response to voloffaith:

Decent post...yet it reveals banned poster reinvented for the third or fourth time in last month. Tommy mommy told you to stop spewing venomous stuff on that site. Now get outside and cut that grass and trim the bushes....no not George W. The plants sonny boy.

On topic,Bray won't surprise anyone since they have the film on last year. Needs to step and play smart and utilize what will hopefully be a good running attack and short passing game to loosen up defenses. I'm looking at teams putting 7 or 8 in the box to force passing game. Tell will time y'all. GO VOLS!!!

Funny off topic on this puppy punk. Wonder how long it will take the boy to grow up and appologies? Not just to me but all disabled persons, especially D VETS.

tennvolsman19651965 writes:

in response to GhostOFLaneKiffinFan:

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I guess I wonder, if you are a big USC fan and a big Kiffin fan, why are you on this blog? Seriously, I am not dogging you out, but I dont go to the USC blog. I may hit a few other SEC blogs, but never a Pac 10, Big 10 (or is it 12 now?) and the Big 12, ( or is it 10 now?)etc.... Just a curious question.

slipperyslope writes:

Do you all know there is a middle school golfer in Knoxville named Tyler Bray? Pretty good player I hear, wonder if UT is in his future too.

Go Vols!

GONAVY writes:

This will be a critical year, obviously, for Bray. The continued rhetoric about "4 game win streak" and "last season's coming out time" for him in '10 was all based on 4 wins over the absolute worst BCS teams on this planet last year. Not that he isn't talented- not that he might step up and blow the SEC away- but he hasn't proved this yet against the meat of an SEC schedule. When and if he does this year, I suspect UT will move up quickly in the standings.

tennvolsman19651965 writes:

in response to GhostOFLaneKiffinFan:

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Well, I will say that you sterotype a lot. You mention the word "You" a lot referring to all Vols fans being alike.

When Kiffin came into Tennessee, there were a lot of us that were a little shocked by his "open my mouth before I think" attitude. I cheered for Kiffin when he took over the Vols. The only thing I have against Kiffin is the way he left. It was sneaky and wrong. He took off in the middle of the night without warning. He did not show much class in the way he took off, and you would feel the same way if he up and snuck away from your college after making a ton of promises. Enough said about Kiffin.

As for Hamilton, I threw a party when he left Tennessee. Although many Vols fans would disagree with me (because I am a much older fan than most of them), I thought he was a low life for the way he treated Fulmer. Fulmer should have probably stepped down three years earlier, and not taken all of the money he took, but the fact of the matter is, he brought us our national title and recruits like Leonard Little, Al Wilson, Peyton Manning and Eric Berry!

Dooley ended up with a mess, and I think he is doing the best that he can with what he was left with from Hamilton, Kiffin and Fulmer. Nick Saban couldnt have saved the Vols last year, and I think that perhaps Kiffin saw the writing on the wall. We were very fortunate to make a bowl game.

But back to the orignal question. Why are you on a Vols page these days? Kiffin is gone, and the only tie we have with USC is Malik. And thanks by the way, he rocks!

givehim6 writes:

in response to GhostOFLaneKiffinFan:

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Thank you, I think you may have grown up just a bit. A idea for the future is if you do not know adout a situation keep your mouth shut! disabled peaple are human too. I have found many people have illness they are born with and stay dormant for years but one day surface, or like myself you can come in contact with a harmful agent that makes them sick. And accidents may happen. Being disabled is not a act of laziness! Although people do fake it which I have no respect for. Sorry to all Vol fans for using this sports site as my personal sound board, just trying to educate a troll on life. GO VOLS!

voloffaith writes:

in response to GhostOFLaneKiffinFan:

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There are some curious cats out there who still want to know why you frequent,as one with many poster children names, this site since your beloved niffiK left in the night like a thief to go west young dude with wife and kiddiewinkies in tow.

DocJas writes:

Just keep clicking on suggest removal on all the troll post. It will work. Just try it. Click on EVERY one of their post.

givehim6 writes:

in response to GhostOFLaneKiffinFan:

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You know I'v thought about what you said about the Vol fans and yes we cheer at season start but we tend to complain as the season goes on, but let me give you a thought. You have seen movies about basic traing in the military? drill SGTS. talk pretty rough to the recruits? The Drill Sgts. do not hate the recruits they want them too learn, sometimes people need a push. Just like with you I had to get in your face a bit to drive a point home. I have a question now, you say you love USC and just are on this site because you woundered about the fans. You've changed your name how many times to keep coming back, sounds like a moth to a flame thing. You must really like the Vols to keep comeing back right? Like all trolls you must be co closet Vol fans, but your not SEC so what up with that?

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