Tyler Bray back at practice and anxious to play
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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."
For more on Bray and UT's preparations for Vanderbilt, check back to http://www.govolsxtra.com, pick up Thursday's News Sentinel or follow@Vols_Beat on Twitter.