Tyler Bray named SEC offensive player of the week

Tennessee tailback Tauren Poole (28) moves the ball down field on a pass from quarterback Tyler Bray (8) during the game against Cincinnati at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011.  (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee tailback Tauren Poole (28) moves the ball down field on a pass from quarterback Tyler Bray (8) during the game against Cincinnati at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

Now a sophomore, Tyler Bray no longer qualifies for SEC freshman of the week honors.

The Tennessee quarterback has adjusted accordingly.

Bray, after racking up a career high 405 passing yards to go along with four touchdown passes Saturday in the Vols’ 45-23 victory over Cincinnati, was named the SEC offensive player of the week today. He’s the first Vol to garner the honor since Jonathan Crompton in 2009.

Bray, who earned SEC freshman of the week recognition three times last year, has completed at least two touchdown passes in eight consecutive games, the longest current streak by any quarterback in the SEC and longest in UT history.

Bray’s 698 passing yards through two games are the most put up by a UT quarterback in program history, breaking a record previously held by Peyton Manning. Bray has completed 51 of 65 passes for seven touchdowns and no interceptions.

Offensive tackle Dallas Thomas received honorable mention from the SEC for helping UT pile up 531 yards of offense against the Bearcats.

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TKG_VOL writes:

Way to go Tyler. Do it again this weekend.

grobin4300 writes:

yeah buddy

thevoice writes:

Looks like the preseason SEC 1st team will be a little different than the post-season SEC 1st team.

Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor say Chaney has brought him along at an amazing pace. Witch Doctor say now Bray has to learn to play on the road. Witch Doctor say lets go Vols!
Bones never lie.

hikerdude writes:

Man, Tyler, Hunter and Rogers(Da'Rick) were awesome. BUT, Cincinnati, though a pretty good team, is not nearly as good as Fla. My guess is that Fla will blitz early and often. We'll find out a lot more about our Oline this Sat. If they can give Tyler time, we will score lots of points becauuse Fla's DBs won't be able to handle our receivers.

PHAT_VOL writes:

What else is there to say. Bray can Play !!
This week will be a true test.
GO VOLS !!!

Vol_From_Memphis writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor say Chaney has brought him along at an amazing pace. Witch Doctor say now Bray has to learn to play on the road. Witch Doctor say lets go Vols!
Bones never lie.

Bray threw for 5 first half touchdowns in his first start last year which was on the road at Memphis. He can play well on the road. The challenge will be, as with all QB's, how does he handle pressure. He's AMAZING with no pressure. Let's see if he can remain poised in the pocket while under pressure.

SmokeyDayAfternoon writes:

Bray definitely played an amazing game, but let's not forget the receivers that helped make it happen too. Bray and the O-line will play a big part against UF, but I think Justin Hunter and Da'Rick Rogers will outplay their secondary. I can't think of one DB on their team that is playing as well as either of them right now.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to Vol_From_Memphis:

Bray threw for 5 first half touchdowns in his first start last year which was on the road at Memphis. He can play well on the road. The challenge will be, as with all QB's, how does he handle pressure. He's AMAZING with no pressure. Let's see if he can remain poised in the pocket while under pressure.

Witch Doctor count Tiger high game as scrimmage. lol. Witch Doctor agree without pressure he will kill gators. Witch Doctor say SEC road games bit tougher than tigers.
Go Vols!
Bones never lie.

gatorstomper writes:

in response to Vol_From_Memphis:

Bray threw for 5 first half touchdowns in his first start last year which was on the road at Memphis. He can play well on the road. The challenge will be, as with all QB's, how does he handle pressure. He's AMAZING with no pressure. Let's see if he can remain poised in the pocket while under pressure.

Bray was under pressure all last season. The O-line has really improved in pass blocking. I know now what we have, no test needed. The test we be given to Florida, I have no ideal if they will be great like years before or just a .500 SEC team. I sure am ready to stomp a gator that is for sure, but I would be lieing if I said it's a done deal. VOL FOR LIFE!!!

NOthgif writes:

No surprise here. To me, Bray has always been an "x" factor. He will make or break the game. I was always curious about his accuracy. No doubt he could sling it. I just had questions about his playmaking ability in big games. Well, I have to say that he answered my questions. He is the real deal. You guys will be glad to have him for one more year. (Oh yea, he will enter the draft after his junior year) I am looking forward to seeing what happens this weekend. Tennessee by 7. Write it down, take a picture, or just memorize it. Tennessee is poised to take down the "mighty" Gators. Notice the quotation marks. That's my effort as sarcasm. Fight ON!

beachvol writes:

in response to Vol_From_Memphis:

Bray threw for 5 first half touchdowns in his first start last year which was on the road at Memphis. He can play well on the road. The challenge will be, as with all QB's, how does he handle pressure. He's AMAZING with no pressure. Let's see if he can remain poised in the pocket while under pressure.

I hope Tyler smokes the gators, but I have to say there is a big difference between the 2,000 or so Memphis fans at last year's game versus the 85,000 gator fans. UF ranks close to the top in intimidating environments. Bray is going to have to take his concentration skills up a few notches. I do think we will score on the gators, but our defense is the key to the game.

tree_em_smokey writes:

in response to SpongeBobOrangePantz:

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I like the sound of that! It would be so sweet to give the arrogant Gators some humble pie! GBO!!!

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

The first of many to come in Tyler's career..If Bray puts up 300+ yds against the Gators, talking heads will be talking some more and you may as well add him to the Heisman watch list..We will be very lucky to have him one more year because he is THAT D@MN GOOD..

Smokey says that it is important that the OL give him plenty of protection..

TKG_VOL writes:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jw-X7E...
"There's no crying in Football."

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog:

The first of many to come in Tyler's career..If Bray puts up 300+ yds against the Gators, talking heads will be talking some more and you may as well add him to the Heisman watch list..We will be very lucky to have him one more year because he is THAT D@MN GOOD..

Smokey says that it is important that the OL give him plenty of protection..

Definately lucky to have Hunter and DaRick one more year. Tyler may finish his degree I hope but 60 million in is face who knows.

mdvol writes:

Someone check the record and find out when a UT player won two weeks in a row. Have it ready for next Monday for the comparison.

Can't wait to see Hunter and Rogers go up against the vertically challenged cornerbacks of the Gators! Oh...Rivera and Downs too.

VOLS start the season 4-0! (Georgia 0-2)

skyhawk836 writes:

Fine player.
This Saturday will be the fastest game he will have played in since becoming a starter.
If we keep him upright, in my opinion, he can perform.

springtx_vol writes:

in response to ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog:

The first of many to come in Tyler's career..If Bray puts up 300+ yds against the Gators, talking heads will be talking some more and you may as well add him to the Heisman watch list..We will be very lucky to have him one more year because he is THAT D@MN GOOD..

Smokey says that it is important that the OL give him plenty of protection..

Well, since he is a true sophomore, we are guaranteed to have him one more year. 2013 may be an issue, but I think that every QB should stay for their senior year in college, regardless of who they are. They may get more money coming out as a junior, but I think they will have a better pro career by getting that extra experience. But, even if he goes, we have Worley and other options. Hopefully this is the start of a QB parade, at least as long as we have the offensive coaching staff intact.

springtx_vol writes:

in response to jobrando#216494:

Definately lucky to have Hunter and DaRick one more year. Tyler may finish his degree I hope but 60 million in is face who knows.

Just like the previous comment on Bray, we are guaranteed to have Hunter and Da'Rick next year since they are both true sophomores. I am not as confident on what is coming after them, I don't see a Worley in the WR corps. Arnett and Dallas have potential, and who knows how future recruits will come along. However, with our offensive coaching staff, offensive players should be lining up to come to Knoxville (if we win)!

IMO, 2012 will be a critical year in the long term future of Dooley as a head coach in Knoxville. If he can win the east, compete for the SEC championsip, and keep his coaches, we should be set.

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to springtx_vol:

Well, since he is a true sophomore, we are guaranteed to have him one more year. 2013 may be an issue, but I think that every QB should stay for their senior year in college, regardless of who they are. They may get more money coming out as a junior, but I think they will have a better pro career by getting that extra experience. But, even if he goes, we have Worley and other options. Hopefully this is the start of a QB parade, at least as long as we have the offensive coaching staff intact.

But what if in that senior year they have a career ending injury then what?

springtx_vol writes:

Continuing on from my previous post, maybe the best thing that Hunter and Da'Rick can do is to establish the work atmosphere and effort that it takes to be a premiere wide receiver. And it may be that the best thing that Jones and Moore did last year was to show Hunter and Rogers how to do things right. Establishing a culture of excellence will establish a program that performs on a high level year to year. That and stability in the coaching staff! Wilcox and Cheney need to stay for a few years.

trubleoj#657755 writes:

in response to slaw_way:

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And just like Tyler Bray in the bowl game he sometimes got too emotional when caught up playing this GAME.

Packer_Park_Orange (Inactive) writes:

Before we get too exited, we should recognize Cincy's secondary. Young Tyler should share the award with them...This is the same team UConn stomped 38-17....That's the same UConn that lost to lowly Vandy....There's a big reason why we're almost a double digit dog against the Gators....Besides, Muschamp and Weis can coach...Dooley and Wilcox are La. Tech grade

jobrando#216494 writes:

Isn't it interesting in the latest polls Florida moves from 18 to 16 after whipping mighty UAB and yet Tennessee beats a recent BCS team and gets zip but stays next to Georgia the the Other's Receiving Points' .... I just wish some respect can be won by beating Gotors this weekend.

SoddyVol writes:

Cinci Defense failed to get to Bray. Against Fla we will find out whether Vol pass protection is that good or Cinci just not so good. I'm betting on Vol pass protection. I expect Vols to be prepared for a Florida pass rush and we will see Florida get burned.

516milesfromUT writes:

in response to NOthgif:

No surprise here. To me, Bray has always been an "x" factor. He will make or break the game. I was always curious about his accuracy. No doubt he could sling it. I just had questions about his playmaking ability in big games. Well, I have to say that he answered my questions. He is the real deal. You guys will be glad to have him for one more year. (Oh yea, he will enter the draft after his junior year) I am looking forward to seeing what happens this weekend. Tennessee by 7. Write it down, take a picture, or just memorize it. Tennessee is poised to take down the "mighty" Gators. Notice the quotation marks. That's my effort as sarcasm. Fight ON!

Y you have name change?
You like what you see. I do not blame you, jump on before the bandwagon start rolling in.
-T-

y2church#372759 writes:

in response to Packer_Park_Orange:

Before we get too exited, we should recognize Cincy's secondary. Young Tyler should share the award with them...This is the same team UConn stomped 38-17....That's the same UConn that lost to lowly Vandy....There's a big reason why we're almost a double digit dog against the Gators....Besides, Muschamp and Weis can coach...Dooley and Wilcox are La. Tech grade

Sorry dude. This is the Cincy team that beat Austin Peay 72-0. They have NOT played UConn this year.

Cincy is now 1-1, thanks to the Big Orange Beat Down.

Try again.

Church

516milesfromUT writes:

in response to Packer_Park_Orange:

Before we get too exited, we should recognize Cincy's secondary. Young Tyler should share the award with them...This is the same team UConn stomped 38-17....That's the same UConn that lost to lowly Vandy....There's a big reason why we're almost a double digit dog against the Gators....Besides, Muschamp and Weis can coach...Dooley and Wilcox are La. Tech grade

sure, ok, like CJW didnt prep up Boise to beat anybody.

VolzsFan writes:

He proved he is accurate vs. AIR.

Vol43 writes:

in response to Packer_Park_Orange:

Before we get too exited, we should recognize Cincy's secondary. Young Tyler should share the award with them...This is the same team UConn stomped 38-17....That's the same UConn that lost to lowly Vandy....There's a big reason why we're almost a double digit dog against the Gators....Besides, Muschamp and Weis can coach...Dooley and Wilcox are La. Tech grade

Hey CSS, how are you and your boyfriend mr. Tennessee doing?

givehim6 writes:

Do you think the pre-season voters that put UGA as the 2nd best in the SEC east and the Vols at 4th fill a bit silly right now? Come on now smokey wants some gator tail.

basketballfever writes:

in response to Packer_Park_Orange:

Before we get too exited, we should recognize Cincy's secondary. Young Tyler should share the award with them...This is the same team UConn stomped 38-17....That's the same UConn that lost to lowly Vandy....There's a big reason why we're almost a double digit dog against the Gators....Besides, Muschamp and Weis can coach...Dooley and Wilcox are La. Tech grade

The UConn game was last year & the Vandy game was this year. Now on December 3rd, you can make that comparison if true. What has Muschamp done as a head coach (2-0)? Their competition hasn't been too stellar. And Weis has not had a good stretch as the college level...he ruined Notre Dame (which isn't all that bad) while he was the head coach. Thats the beauty of the game, it will be played on the field. I'd take UT +10....GBO!!!

Packer_Park_Orange (Inactive) writes:

in response to Navalorange:

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Last time I checked , Dooley's record was still a losing one...As for Wilcox, dominating the Mtn. West is no more impressive than winning in the FCS...Weis has Super Bowl rings and Muschamp, turned down more BCS jobs than Dooley's ever thought about...Including Tennessee.

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

He proved he is accurate vs. AIR.

did u say something???

Chappy writes:

in response to beachvol:

I hope Tyler smokes the gators, but I have to say there is a big difference between the 2,000 or so Memphis fans at last year's game versus the 85,000 gator fans. UF ranks close to the top in intimidating environments. Bray is going to have to take his concentration skills up a few notches. I do think we will score on the gators, but our defense is the key to the game.

I agree. Gator fans are downright mean. I had a cup of urine thrown on me in the '97 game and swore I would never go back. Hope the Vols POUND those sobs.

dvhill100 writes:

To both sides of the argument: past performance does not guarantee future results. That's why they play the game. It will be one of the most hostile environments 90% of the Vols have played in. If they handle it, it could be anyone's game. I am really looking forward to it.

volfaninbuckeyeland writes:

in response to jobrando#216494:

Isn't it interesting in the latest polls Florida moves from 18 to 16 after whipping mighty UAB and yet Tennessee beats a recent BCS team and gets zip but stays next to Georgia the the Other's Receiving Points' .... I just wish some respect can be won by beating Gotors this weekend.

Believe me, "Job..", if the Vols get by Fl. this week, they will have gained significant respect. At this point, I prefer the media "slight" because it serves to make the BO even hungrier. Boy, how sweet a victory in the Swamp would be. Had the opportunity to meet Troy Landry from "Swamp People" a few weeks ago at the Buckmasters in Montgomery. The man is a media superstar as a result of huntin' gators for a living. Maybe we'll be able to celebrate our own version of the TV show after this week. I do at least feel a lot better about our chances than I have in years. In the meantime, kudos to Tyler and the entire team; offense and defense gave the Orange Nation plenty to cheer about and I don't believe that's the last cheering we will be doing. GBO!!

UTVOL2001 writes:

This is exciting, however real TN fans are not surprised! We are UT! This is what we do! We have the right coaches and the right players, that is a fact. The foundation has been laid and now the walls are going up!

VolinCalif writes:

in response to Packer_Park_Orange:

Before we get too exited, we should recognize Cincy's secondary. Young Tyler should share the award with them...This is the same team UConn stomped 38-17....That's the same UConn that lost to lowly Vandy....There's a big reason why we're almost a double digit dog against the Gators....Besides, Muschamp and Weis can coach...Dooley and Wilcox are La. Tech grade

Pee Pee Why aren't you studying your third grade English book? Oh you are waiting for Mr. Tenn to come and help you.
For all UT fans. This week is going to determine the SECe winner. Fl is a good team and loaded with talent. If the Vols win they go all the way. Bank on it. As for the running game and the OLine. The Vols have both, they just have not been needed so far this year so why expose them. Those efforts to run only up the middle were scrimmage practices. Don't let any troll tell you that Mont and Cinny were just push-overs. Cinny is loaded with talent and is a very fast Spread team, Mont is a very large team and are use to winning. Tenn will win this week and they will beat SC. I still think GA will be a real game. Those kids will try to save their coach.
Al and LSU? We have to wait and see.
GBO

tnbigg writes:

Congratulations Tyler & team! Now? GATOR BAIT! Bring it!

tnbigg writes:

in response to VolinCalif:

Pee Pee Why aren't you studying your third grade English book? Oh you are waiting for Mr. Tenn to come and help you.
For all UT fans. This week is going to determine the SECe winner. Fl is a good team and loaded with talent. If the Vols win they go all the way. Bank on it. As for the running game and the OLine. The Vols have both, they just have not been needed so far this year so why expose them. Those efforts to run only up the middle were scrimmage practices. Don't let any troll tell you that Mont and Cinny were just push-overs. Cinny is loaded with talent and is a very fast Spread team, Mont is a very large team and are use to winning. Tenn will win this week and they will beat SC. I still think GA will be a real game. Those kids will try to save their coach.
Al and LSU? We have to wait and see.
GBO

Hey VolinCalif - Hope you're doing GREAT! You should just ignore a couple of these pinheads. They only have one purpose in posting...to be idiots. Guess what? They did exactly what they set out to do! They have proven beyond any shadow of a dobt that doltism is incurable! have a great day Bro' & bring on the gators!

ArealVolFan writes:

Muschump was a D coordinator for a 5-7 team. He took the UF job out of desperation due to the fact his stock had plummeted.

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

in response to Navalorange:

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Naval..

Here is some info(not all)..

CJW was 49-4 during 4 seasons under Chris Petersen at BSU.

Couldn't find the record but did find that Nick Saban while he was at LSU from 2000-04, won 75% of his games..DD was the recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach from 2000-03..And 03- 04 he was the RB coach and the special teams coach.

Smokey says he will work on Chaney's info..

markw20012002 writes:

Can we all pitch in and buy Packer Park Orange a Bicycle patch for his Tim Tebow blow-up doll.

DennisVols writes:

Enough of the excuses for why Bray is playing so well. The kid is talented and is probably one of the best UT has ever had. I hear even UT fans going Bray is great but….. Enough already. He has played against the teams he was scheduled to play against without missing a start. As far a Memphis goes does no one remember that Manning lost to Memphis his junior year with a team that had more depth, talent and experience than the one Bray lead last year?
Yes he still has to win the big SEC games and I understand that. I just hate it when someone does something good that someone else always finds an excuse for why they did.
Keeping it Real
GoVols!!!

VOLS_SEC_RULES writes:

in response to springtx_vol:

Well, since he is a true sophomore, we are guaranteed to have him one more year. 2013 may be an issue, but I think that every QB should stay for their senior year in college, regardless of who they are. They may get more money coming out as a junior, but I think they will have a better pro career by getting that extra experience. But, even if he goes, we have Worley and other options. Hopefully this is the start of a QB parade, at least as long as we have the offensive coaching staff intact.

Just enjoy today while it is here. Tomorrow will be all to soon.

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

my last post continued...here is a link about Chaney and his stint at Purdue:

http://www.purduesports.com/sports/m-...

Smokey says that TB has grown leaps and bounds since last year..

VolinCalif writes:

in response to markw20012002:

Can we all pitch in and buy Packer Park Orange a Bicycle patch for his Tim Tebow blow-up doll.

He.. if you can get his address I'll donate the patch. But I am afraid he'll just cut another hole in the straddle.

TennVol01 writes:

If Tyler is player of the week, why do you show a photo of Poole? No photos of Tyler anywhere at KNS?

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