Derek Dooley talks about Tyler Bray's performance during the Vanderbilt game
After his second interception Saturday against Vanderbilt, Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray tossed away the glove he was wearing on his throwing hand and played the rest of the game in traditional, bare-handed fashion.
Asked after today's practice whether he'd give the handwear another shot Saturday (TV: WVLT, 12:21 p.m.) at Kentucky, Bray shook his head.
"It was done after Saturday," he said.
Bray admitted that his thumb, which he broke last month against Georgia, was sore Sunday, but that was what he anticipated. He doesn't anticipate the lingering pain to be problematic when he makes his second consecutive start for the Vols (5-6, 1-6 SEC) against the Wildcats (4-7, 1-6).
"I mean, it's always going to hurt," Bray said. "But it's something you just have to fight through and just go out there and try to contribute to the team."
Coach Derek Dooley said Bray was still rusty at today's practice and reiterated what he stressed all throughout last week. Even though Bray started and finished UT's 27-21 win over Vanderbilt, the rehabilitation process is far from over.
"One week doesn't get that thumb back to where he was," Dooley said. "He'll get to where he is when he's 100 percent. We have to keep managing it and keep warming it up properly, stretching it and rehabbing it.
"Today he looked like about what he looked like in the game. Not a lot happened over the weekend."
Injured safeties Brian Randolph (concussion) and Prentiss Waggner (shoulder) wore green, non-contact jerseys during the morning practice. Both players remain probable for Saturday.
"I don't think there's a guy that's totally 100-percent healthy out here," Waggner said. "You got all kind of guys that got nagging injuries, so this is pretty much a nagging injury."