Tyler Bray: 'I don't like watching the game — I didn't pay for a ticket'

Tyler Bray back at practice and anxious to play

There's still pain.

Tyler Bray also is well aware that he's not throwing the ball the same way he did before breaking his thumb.

But that doesn't mean the Tennessee quarterback wants to watch another game from the sideline, and after a couple practices back in pads, Bray is clearly targeting the showdown with Vanderbilt for a return on Saturday (TV: ESPNU, 7 p.m.).

"Oh, I've been wanting to play since Arkansas," Bray said after practice on Wednesday. "I mean, I'm always going to want to play. I don't like watching the game — I didn't pay for a ticket.

"But it's up to the coaches and whatever they decide. I mean, they could put (kicker Michael) Palardy in the game for all I know."

That's probably a stretch, but the Vols (4-6, 0-6 SEC) have yet to give any official indication about who will start against the Commodores (5-5, 2-5) and continue to list Bray as questionable after missing the last five games.

His second practice after getting cleared by doctors included fewer reps than the first as UT tries to manage the sophomore throughout the week, though he appeared to be delivering the ball slightly more consistently and accurately on Wednesday.

Either way, Vols coach Derek Dooley indicated he could wait all the way up until pre-game warmups on Saturday night to make a decision depending on how Bray responds physically over the next couple days.

"I wouldn't say normal, and I'm not where I was a couple weeks ago," Bray said. "I'm getting to throw a little bit and getting just kind of back and starting to feel things out.

"I'm a little rusty, still not making the throws I need to. But we're just going to see how it goes and see what happens."

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pdhuff#552644 writes:

Get well quick, you are needed.

Good to see him back out there

GBO

orangeman1 writes:

I sense a lack of reality with his comments and the comments from Dooley about la la land and being the only person in the orginization with sense of reality. Now Bray makes a comment about not having a ticket???? And they could play Palardy???? I hope UT finds a way to pull off the Vandy game so maybe these players and coaches will gain some confidence.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to orangeman1:

I sense a lack of reality with his comments and the comments from Dooley about la la land and being the only person in the orginization with sense of reality. Now Bray makes a comment about not having a ticket???? And they could play Palardy???? I hope UT finds a way to pull off the Vandy game so maybe these players and coaches will gain some confidence.

The not buying a ticket makes perfect sense from a competitive player. He doesn't want to sit on the sidelines watching. The comment about Palardy is more revealing in the part where he says "for all I know." Makes it sound like the coaches aren't communicating with him. But I think he was just exaggerating how out of his hands it is.

RemembertheAlamo writes:

Don't worry about buying a ticket, they are giving them away now. You can pick one up at the gate for free. If you wait long enough, someone will pay you to take one. It is great to be a Tennessee Vol! (#22)

volinJC writes:

Whether or not TB plays on Saturday seems simple to me. If he's 100% healed put him in. If he's not then don't...

Navaloranges writes:

It's a lot more than just making the throws. A slightly inaccurate Bray is STILL our best bet.

tdvol1989 writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

The not buying a ticket makes perfect sense from a competitive player. He doesn't want to sit on the sidelines watching. The comment about Palardy is more revealing in the part where he says "for all I know." Makes it sound like the coaches aren't communicating with him. But I think he was just exaggerating how out of his hands it is.

No, it sounds like he is questioning putting Palardy in the game at Arkansas to throw a pass and punt. Maybe he is signaling the coaches make goofy personnel decisions. Or maybe Dooley is rubbing off on the players and they are going to start making strange WWII La-La Land comments.

LJS1984 writes:

IT CAN'T GET ANY WORSE.

CrankE writes:

Well, you could always water the bamboo...

Volunatic writes:

in response to tdvol1989:

No, it sounds like he is questioning putting Palardy in the game at Arkansas to throw a pass and punt. Maybe he is signaling the coaches make goofy personnel decisions. Or maybe Dooley is rubbing off on the players and they are going to start making strange WWII La-La Land comments.

I'm sure that the best way that a player can convince his coach to put him in is to ridicule the coach's previous decisions.

VOLS_SEC_RULES writes:

The last time a Vol quarterback had an injured finger and tried to play, we saw this......
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FnoKX...

bigOutfan writes:

in response to LJS1984:

IT CAN'T GET ANY WORSE.

To not win against Vanderbilt and Kentucky would be worse...

MemphisHog writes:

I think it would be foolish for the Vols to play Bray at this point. Do you really want to risk his long term health (re-injury) for essentially one game? You will not need him against Kentucky, and if you qualify for a bowl he should be plenty healed by then. But is sounds like as of this week it is still up in the air. Vols need to err on the side of caution and make sure he is 100% - not 80% or 90% - before they put him out there again.

There is a similar argument going on right now on the Arkansas message boards since it was leaked yesterday that Knile Davis has been practicing for the past few days. People are saying we need to play him against MSU for a few plays and then start him against LSU. That would be insane. Save him for next year, let him get completely healthy. For once, coaches need to make the kid's health the priority, not the desire to win a single ballgame.

jcherrie#219531 (Inactive) writes:

I didn't like watching those games either!

I like our chances vs. Vandy with a healthy TB.

NottaVol writes:

in response to Navaloranges:

It's a lot more than just making the throws. A slightly inaccurate Bray is STILL our best bet.

You tell it Barbara.

hcjournals#206623 writes:

He'll play. And we will have the best effort of the season. Go Big Orange. Go Big. Or Go Home...

volfanlostnbama writes:

in response to VOLS_SEC_RULES:

The last time a Vol quarterback had an injured finger and tried to play, we saw this......
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FnoKX...

O wow, good work on finding this one...when I saw old Phil in the headset reminded me how bad it really could get!

Ironcity writes:

in response to MemphisHog:

I think it would be foolish for the Vols to play Bray at this point. Do you really want to risk his long term health (re-injury) for essentially one game? You will not need him against Kentucky, and if you qualify for a bowl he should be plenty healed by then. But is sounds like as of this week it is still up in the air. Vols need to err on the side of caution and make sure he is 100% - not 80% or 90% - before they put him out there again.

There is a similar argument going on right now on the Arkansas message boards since it was leaked yesterday that Knile Davis has been practicing for the past few days. People are saying we need to play him against MSU for a few plays and then start him against LSU. That would be insane. Save him for next year, let him get completely healthy. For once, coaches need to make the kid's health the priority, not the desire to win a single ballgame.

Your right we should forfeit the game we wouldn't want anyone getting hurt. Its a Thumb its healed. His chance of rebreaking it is the same today as it will be next year. For Bray its a matter of dealing with pain and rust which comes from no activity for a month.

totoiv writes:

in response to MemphisHog:

I think it would be foolish for the Vols to play Bray at this point. Do you really want to risk his long term health (re-injury) for essentially one game? You will not need him against Kentucky, and if you qualify for a bowl he should be plenty healed by then. But is sounds like as of this week it is still up in the air. Vols need to err on the side of caution and make sure he is 100% - not 80% or 90% - before they put him out there again.

There is a similar argument going on right now on the Arkansas message boards since it was leaked yesterday that Knile Davis has been practicing for the past few days. People are saying we need to play him against MSU for a few plays and then start him against LSU. That would be insane. Save him for next year, let him get completely healthy. For once, coaches need to make the kid's health the priority, not the desire to win a single ballgame.

The only reason to play him is if they feel a 75% Bray is better than a 100% Whorley and that a 75% Bray can get us the win over Vandy. If we don't beat Vandy we don't go to a bowl game and our season is essentially over. If you qualify for a bowl game you get to practice all during December. Last year Dooley stated this was essential for a developing program. It was important to put a young team through the additional practices. Last year Dooley said if you don't qualify for a bowl game and get the extra practices it sets you program back. When don't need to go any further back than where we are now.

PANCHO writes:

"See how it goes" ? That seems to sum up the season and the attitude of the team and coaches.

voloffaith writes:

in response to Jeff_Hall_VFL:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

No doubt ewe are desperate for attention based on the fact that you have only had this NEW poster name since the 5th and have 100 postings! The more you post does increase the % of your relevance in poster child world......

Oh btw its even worse that you thought being ugly with a former Vol stars name would be cute...NOT

MemphisHog writes:

in response to Ironcity:

Your right we should forfeit the game we wouldn't want anyone getting hurt. Its a Thumb its healed. His chance of rebreaking it is the same today as it will be next year. For Bray its a matter of dealing with pain and rust which comes from no activity for a month.

He's your QB, not ours. Just putting in my 2 cents worth.

I would agree with you, however, that playing Vanderbilt with either Worley or Sims as your QB is tantamount to forfeiting the game. That is what you are saying, right?

MemphisHog writes:

in response to totoiv:

The only reason to play him is if they feel a 75% Bray is better than a 100% Whorley and that a 75% Bray can get us the win over Vandy. If we don't beat Vandy we don't go to a bowl game and our season is essentially over. If you qualify for a bowl game you get to practice all during December. Last year Dooley stated this was essential for a developing program. It was important to put a young team through the additional practices. Last year Dooley said if you don't qualify for a bowl game and get the extra practices it sets you program back. When don't need to go any further back than where we are now.

I'm fully aware of the Vols situation, what is at stake and all the extra practice time that comes with a bowl invitation (even if it is the Weedeater/Music City/Ken-L Ration Bowl). I guess desperate times call for desperate measures. I'll be hoping he comes out of the Vandy game no worse for wear.

Volunatic writes:

in response to MemphisHog:

He's your QB, not ours. Just putting in my 2 cents worth.

I would agree with you, however, that playing Vanderbilt with either Worley or Sims as your QB is tantamount to forfeiting the game. That is what you are saying, right?

Maybe not "forfeiting", but if Bray is at 80%, then he gives the Vols their best chance of winning the game.
Even if Bray is 100% on Saturday (unlikely, I know), it will still be a tough game.

Razor784 writes:

in response to tdvol1989:

No, it sounds like he is questioning putting Palardy in the game at Arkansas to throw a pass and punt. Maybe he is signaling the coaches make goofy personnel decisions. Or maybe Dooley is rubbing off on the players and they are going to start making strange WWII La-La Land comments.

That's exactly what he's doing with the Palardy reference, he's making fun of the coaches. From watching him on the sidelines the other night and the way he was reacting to the play calling, I think he's still way immature, even for a 19 year old

ajwlfw#574737 writes:

Don't read too much into what Tyler Bray said about Parlardy playing QB. I took it as a clumsy attempt on his part to be funny. He is a 19 year old kid. It's been awhile since I was 19 (I'm 60 now) but I could say some pretty stupid things at that age.

Vol4Life35 writes:

I look at the possibility of Bray playing like an old episode of "Coach". In a game that would decide their entire season, the star QB was injured and unable to play. A freshman started the game and kept the team within distance to win, and then when they needed the old QB the most, he runs into the game, completely healthy and wins the big one. Gamesmanship pure and simple. I think Dooley is just play a fumble-roosky with his QBs to keep Vandy from properly preparing.

shipperman#280095 writes:

in response to totoiv:

The only reason to play him is if they feel a 75% Bray is better than a 100% Whorley and that a 75% Bray can get us the win over Vandy. If we don't beat Vandy we don't go to a bowl game and our season is essentially over. If you qualify for a bowl game you get to practice all during December. Last year Dooley stated this was essential for a developing program. It was important to put a young team through the additional practices. Last year Dooley said if you don't qualify for a bowl game and get the extra practices it sets you program back. When don't need to go any further back than where we are now.

Bray cannot beat anyone by himself, and he doesn't play defense. Vandy can score some points

RickyVols writes:

Tyler Bray will play. Vols will win.

MikeTheTiger writes:

in response to Jeff_Hall_VFL:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

oh, pretty sure you will be a little deeper Saturday night after Vandy becomes bowl eligible.

VOLliven2it writes:

We don't like you watching the games either Tyler. In fact, we want you to BE THE TICKET! Best to you as you return this week or whenever. Take care of that thumb.

elmoe writes:

I say the Vols win Saturday. Vanderbilt
is also on it's 3rd coach in 3 years. Not much recruiting going on when a coach was planning his exit and then an interim takes a year. They have less talent than we do. Their quarterback has started about 3 games and played little in others.
They will be the same old Vandy. Vols by 3 touchdowns.

Hacker38 writes:

in response to elmoe:

I say the Vols win Saturday. Vanderbilt
is also on it's 3rd coach in 3 years. Not much recruiting going on when a coach was planning his exit and then an interim takes a year. They have less talent than we do. Their quarterback has started about 3 games and played little in others.
They will be the same old Vandy. Vols by 3 touchdowns.

They havn't even scored 3 TDs this year yet have they...LOL.... Drink some more Kool-AID.....

elmoe writes:

in response to Hacker38:

They havn't even scored 3 TDs this year yet have they...LOL.... Drink some more Kool-AID.....

It's because we haven't played Vandy yet!

Navaloranges writes:

in response to NottaVol:

You tell it Barbara.

Little farragut bama boy STILL needing attention. How pathetic you are. You're not only obsessed with EVERYTHING VOL, you are obsessed with my screen name. You need some advice from one Sigmund Freud:

"The creative writer does the same as the child at play; he creates a world of fantasy which he takes very seriously"

Keep living on a VOL board in your little bama boy fantasy land.

volfanew writes:

Hey all you doom and gloomers (no need to cite screen names, you know who you are)! Do ya'll have signs stored away in the basement that read "The End is Near!"? If ya'll had been in that Ghostbusters movie where the negative energy in NYC got that pink goo all hyped up, that big-headed Eastern European dude in the painting would have come to life as quintuplets. If you can't lift up...shut up. GO BIG ORANGE!!!

kd45music writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

The not buying a ticket makes perfect sense from a competitive player. He doesn't want to sit on the sidelines watching. The comment about Palardy is more revealing in the part where he says "for all I know." Makes it sound like the coaches aren't communicating with him. But I think he was just exaggerating how out of his hands it is.

Right, CoverOrange. He was just making a joke. Let's remember that he's still a kid so his comment about Palardy should be put in context.

Bubba_Knows writes:

A rusty Bray is better than all the other QB's combined.

Bubba_Knows writes:

Incidentally, I didn't buy a ticket. I snuck in the Arkysaw game for free. Soooooooeeeeeeee..NOT!

Stepchild_nFL writes:

A reasonable plan of action would be to start and play Worley for the first half and then insert Bray for the second. It might just be the spark the team needs to score a touchdown.

1bigvolman writes:

in response to volfanlostnbama:

O wow, good work on finding this one...when I saw old Phil in the headset reminded me how bad it really could get!

Your ignorance is astounding!

1bigvolman writes:

Some of you guys are just pathetic, are you so serious that you never say something tongue in cheek...Tyler was obviously just saying it's not his decision, he has no control over who plays QB...gees, get a freakin life!

dvols writes:

Tyler...please shut up

until you beat somebody

or at least play against somebody...

Coach Dooley put a muzzle on this one...

HallowedHill writes:

@ dvols

Lighten up Francis

ALWAYS_ORANGE writes:

in response to 1bigvolman:

Some of you guys are just pathetic, are you so serious that you never say something tongue in cheek...Tyler was obviously just saying it's not his decision, he has no control over who plays QB...gees, get a freakin life!

Amen, you got it right, some of these folsk just want to make an issue out of everything. I think TB was just having a little fun.

gbo78 writes:

hope we save Bray for the KY game. Worst case scenario is he plays against Vandy, we win, but he aggravates his thumb injury and risks permanent damage, then we lose to KY in Lexington and the streak comes to an end.

bigdisbig writes:

It really doesn't matter at this point whether he plays or not. The Vols are next to last in the SEC just above Ole Miss. Even Ky. has an SEC win.
Vandy is favored against the Vols. Can anyone believe how low the Vols have sunk?
I am afraid they are not through sinking yet.

21-10 Vandy and the vols are no longer relavent

Sir_Spanky writes:

Put Palardy in? Where's he learning this stuff from, Dooley?

423tiger18 writes:

in response to ALWAYS_ORANGE:

Amen, you got it right, some of these folsk just want to make an issue out of everything. I think TB was just having a little fun.

Your exactly right. This sight used to be pretty cool to follow and get some good info..now 90% of the posts are just trying to get someone all riled up and start controversy.

423tiger18 writes:

in response to 423tiger18:

Your exactly right. This sight used to be pretty cool to follow and get some good info..now 90% of the posts are just trying to get someone all riled up and start controversy.

"site" not sight sorry..

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