Tyler Bray dealing with job pressures just fine for Vols

Vols QB Tyler Bray talks after Tuesday's practice

The game had barely been over for an hour when Tyler Bray navigated his way through a crowded media room and up to the podium.

Battered by a strong pass rush, thrown out of sync at times without his favorite target and disappointed by a missed opportunity to help put his team on the national radar, the Tennessee quarterback still was able to show an improving ability to anticipate what’s coming his way.

Instead of reading coverages or feeling pressure in the pocket, two weeks ago on a Saturday at Florida the sophomore was sensing the line of questions that were about to come his way after just his second loss as a starting quarterback.

“They’re still going to say, ‘Well, he struggled against a good defense,’ ” Bray said.

For all the prolific numbers he’s posted in his young career, from the streak of touchdown passes that has eclipsed some guy named Peyton to the five 300-yard games already on his resume, Bray showed that he’s aware of what any potential critics might still be able to use to cast some doubt about him.

Not that it bothers Bray as he prepares to host Buffalo (1-3, 0-1 MAC) at Neyland Stadium today (TV: CSS, 12:30 p.m.), because little seems to change his public demeanor.

For one thing, Bray has no control over the teams on the schedule since he was inserted into the lineup. And for another, regardless of the perception of what he’s done in losses against Florida or North Carolina, there would be more pressing questions coming his way if Bray weren’t carving up the rest of the opponents he’s faced at UT (2-1, 0-1 SEC).

“All I would say is evaluate his numbers as a starter,” UT coach Derek Dooley said. “I mean, he’s 6-2, the two losses have been against two pretty good teams, and data over time is what’s important to me. I mean, Tyler took over and we’ve played one top-25 team and we didn’t beat (Florida). So, he’s 0-1 against the top 25.

“I don’t think it’s fair to evaluate a guy this early in his career. He’s done some things that a lot of quarterbacks around the country couldn’t have done, that’s what I think. And he’s certainly inspired a lot of confidence in us, because otherwise — it’s not my nature to throw the ball 40 times, but with him at quarterback, it doesn’t bother you as much.”

In his last outing against the Gators, Bray was called on to do it 48 times despite losing his favorite target on the fourth play of the game when Justin Hunter tore ligaments in his knee, dealing with numerous snap issues and facing relentless defensive pressure.

He threw two costlyinterceptions, and he made no attempt to deflect the blame for them. But Bray also added 288 yards and three more touchdowns, though the stat he and the Vols really wanted slipped away from them.

“That all just comes with it,” sophomore receiver Da’Rick Rogers said. “If you play good against weaker teams and bad against better teams, then there is always going to be a certain criticism that comes up.

“But we always just tell him to play hard, because we know he can play — just play. He’s a playmaker.”

Bray has earned that reputation quickly, producing eye-catching numbers at a dizzying rate in his eight starts.

He’s thrown 28 touchdowns in his career. He’s completed at least 20 passes in four of his last five games.

Among active quarterbacks in the SEC, only South Carolina’s Stephen Garcia has more 300-yard performances in a career with six — and he’s a senior.

If the level of competition in how those numbers were accrued is an issue for anybody, Bray clearly wouldn’t share the concern.

“If we don’t beat the teams we should beat or how we should beat them, then there are problems,” Bray said. “Everyone has their opinions.

“I mean, I’m not going to stay up at night and lose sleep over it. I’ll be fine.”

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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BrassMonkey writes:

Too bad he has to play for what will soon become the loosingest coach in TN history. Derek Doolittle 2 star 2 a Dooley. But hey his pants are cool and he's so funny. You know its bad when people talk about your coach like he's the fat girl in high school.

ellerbee123 writes:

Why don't you get back to plucking the feathers out of the chicken's posterior while you continue to work on the assembly line at the chicken plant in GA or wherever. Dooley is a great coach, man, motivator and success!!!! Unlike you.... GO VOLS...

chl1958 writes:

Hey Brass, Why don't you take your balls and go play marbles with them!

Dobervol writes:

People, the trolls will go away if you just . . . stop . . . feeding them.

Repeat after me--ignore, ignore, ignore.

jdisintn writes:

Coach Dooley has brought integrity back to the program. He has the support of the vol nation and his legacy will be built on his accomplishments. Too often people are so quick to judge and only see the negative aspects of any situation. No one wants to win more than the players on the field and we will return to the level that once was. I still get excited before the Vols play, regardless of the opponent, and look forward to cheering them on with my grandson tomorrow. GO VOLS !

relentlesspursuitof98 writes:

First top 25 team, he loses the top receiver in the SEC on the first play. O-Line was Shaky(i'm being kind), something like 12 penalties to Florida's 3 in the first quarter-and-a-half and still brought them back to within 10 points without a running game or a kicking game. No. Brays gonna be just fine... GBO

allvols4life writes:

in response to BrassMonkey:

Too bad he has to play for what will soon become the loosingest coach in TN history. Derek Doolittle 2 star 2 a Dooley. But hey his pants are cool and he's so funny. You know its bad when people talk about your coach like he's the fat girl in high school.

I guess you didn't hear "Derek Doolittle 2 star 2 a Dooley" just landed a 4*...yes a 4* DL commit this week. And who talks about Coach Dooley like he is the fat girl besides you and all the other trolls?

Pullingguard writes:

in response to BrassMonkey:

Too bad he has to play for what will soon become the loosingest coach in TN history. Derek Doolittle 2 star 2 a Dooley. But hey his pants are cool and he's so funny. You know its bad when people talk about your coach like he's the fat girl in high school.

When anyone responds to a message such as this written by BrassMonkey they are fulfilling the attention that the Monkey is craving..It's his Banana treat, so best if everyone just dismisses him as the unruly Monkey instead of throwing him the banana treats that he craves.

allvols4life writes:

On topic. All he can do is line up and play to the best of his abilities against the teams that are on the schedule and with the supporting cast he has around him. I would say that Tyler has done that to this point and the future looks bright for he and the team.

allvols4life writes:

in response to Pullingguard:

When anyone responds to a message such as this written by BrassMonkey they are fulfilling the attention that the Monkey is craving..It's his Banana treat, so best if everyone just dismisses him as the unruly Monkey instead of throwing him the banana treats that he craves.

I know you are right, but I just get so tired of hearing these idiots down OUR coach. Dooley may not be the great coach that I or the rest of the fans want, but no one can judge that based on the first 16 games of his career at UT. I will do my best to ignore the morons, but can't promise I won't reply to any of their garbage, although it wont help.

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to Dobervol:

People, the trolls will go away if you just . . . stop . . . feeding them.

Repeat after me--ignore, ignore, ignore.

It might even be trolls on trolls just baiting the general posters

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to allvols4life:

I guess you didn't hear "Derek Doolittle 2 star 2 a Dooley" just landed a 4*...yes a 4* DL commit this week. And who talks about Coach Dooley like he is the fat girl besides you and all the other trolls?

Witch Doctor say hes KNS...trying to sell subscriptions to their pay site..any moment one will come along telling us "its great over there, no interlopers at all!" . Witch Doctor say Ryan and Rucker are marketing geniuses..wow.
Bones never lie.

CantStandCantStandSaban writes:

in response to Dobervol:

People, the trolls will go away if you just . . . stop . . . feeding them.

Repeat after me--ignore, ignore, ignore.

+1

GONAVY writes:

Maybe I looked at Dooley's comments about Bray's opponents wrong? But it almost seems he supported all the naysayers who've said Bray has thrown up all those huge numbers against inferior opponents? Am I off track here? 6-2 as a starter...one top 25 team (UF-loss) and one pretty good team (UNC good??). So these 6 wins and huge numbers were against: Memphis, Ole Miss, UK, VU, Montana and Cincinnati...am I missing something or did Coach Dooley just make the case for the trolls? Maybe I'm not reading this correctly...

kcbigorngX writes:

You know it's got to be killing Dooley not to be able to run the ball consistently.

Trusting a playmaker like Bray not to do what comes natural? He's too much like Farve; hopefully a little smarter.

Man I would love to see another receiver step up and give him another weapon.

totoiv writes:

While I like and am very optimistic about Coach Dooley, I do think his biggest mistake was not starting Tyler Bray from the very beginning of last season. I think Coach Dooley being a first year Coach, could not, in his gut, start a true freshman QB. However, watching the Orange-and-White game (two years ago), Bray was clearly better than Matt Simms. Then, during the summer you begin to hear that Bray did not know the offense and than Simms was more mature. But, I think if Dooley had started Bray out of the gate the Vols win/loss record would have been no worse and maybe better. One thing the media focused on during the UT/Florida game was that Bray was not battle tested against a top opponent or on the road. If Dooley had started Bray he would have 8 more games experience against top opponents (Florida, LSU, Bama, etc). If you think back to those games our offense under Simms was terrible. I think Bray throwing to Denarius Moore, Hunter, and Rogers even against some of those stout defenses would have provided more offense. That extra experience may have made a difference for this year (who knows). One argument, might be, had Bray started the season he may have been roughed up by these power teams and then his confidence would be broken. I don't think so. If you can say anything about Bray, he is a confident gun slinger and if he makes a mistake he gets back up and keeps firing. Coach Fulmer used to irritate me by not playing our most gifted players by saying they are not ready or don't know plays. Fulmer also had a strong allegiance to his seniors and often played them first over more gifted players. After the Florida game Dooley stated the coaches needed to re-evaluate the players and make sure the right people were playing in the right spots. I hope Dooley will prove he can make the tough decisions and play our best players.

Orangeblood13 writes:

in response to BrassMonkey:

Too bad he has to play for what will soon become the loosingest coach in TN history. Derek Doolittle 2 star 2 a Dooley. But hey his pants are cool and he's so funny. You know its bad when people talk about your coach like he's the fat girl in high school.

dude, would you please sthu

Packer_Park_Orange (Inactive) writes:

in response to jdisintn:

Coach Dooley has brought integrity back to the program. He has the support of the vol nation and his legacy will be built on his accomplishments. Too often people are so quick to judge and only see the negative aspects of any situation. No one wants to win more than the players on the field and we will return to the level that once was. I still get excited before the Vols play, regardless of the opponent, and look forward to cheering them on with my grandson tomorrow. GO VOLS !

You forgot to mention that Dooley has brought a half-empty Neyland Stadium (tomorrow) and a mentality that says we have to scedule stiff's in order to get an invitation to the Weedeater Bowl...Here's how it goes...Bray feasts on Buffalo, turning him into John Elway...More Dooleyphile bravado before the Ga game...A temporary disappearing act by all Dooleyphiles after the beatdowm by Georgia...more fantasy chest thumping by Dooleyphiles...Then the real beatdowns begin with Bama, LSU, and S.C.

kcbigorngX writes:

in response to GONAVY:

Maybe I looked at Dooley's comments about Bray's opponents wrong? But it almost seems he supported all the naysayers who've said Bray has thrown up all those huge numbers against inferior opponents? Am I off track here? 6-2 as a starter...one top 25 team (UF-loss) and one pretty good team (UNC good??). So these 6 wins and huge numbers were against: Memphis, Ole Miss, UK, VU, Montana and Cincinnati...am I missing something or did Coach Dooley just make the case for the trolls? Maybe I'm not reading this correctly...

You've been making predictions in the past that didn't give UT much respect. Remember Cincy + 6.5?

You also seem to show a lot of love for Fla and Vandy.

This reminds me so much of another drama queen that lurks around the edges of society when he's not trolling this board.

Maybe I'm not reading this correctly...

kcbigorngX writes:

Well, well the gangs all here.

The worms go in, the worms go out. The worms play pinochle on your snout.

TheRealDragonSlayer writes:

in response to Packer_Park_Orange:

You forgot to mention that Dooley has brought a half-empty Neyland Stadium (tomorrow) and a mentality that says we have to scedule stiff's in order to get an invitation to the Weedeater Bowl...Here's how it goes...Bray feasts on Buffalo, turning him into John Elway...More Dooleyphile bravado before the Ga game...A temporary disappearing act by all Dooleyphiles after the beatdowm by Georgia...more fantasy chest thumping by Dooleyphiles...Then the real beatdowns begin with Bama, LSU, and S.C.

All of that is still better than you picking Michigan State to beat up on Notre Dame a couple of weeks ago. How did that work out for you, Brett? I am sure all the people who took your advice and bet on that game are returning customers for you. Hilarious.

Packer_Park_Orange (Inactive) writes:

in response to allvols4life:

I guess you didn't hear "Derek Doolittle 2 star 2 a Dooley" just landed a 4*...yes a 4* DL commit this week. And who talks about Coach Dooley like he is the fat girl besides you and all the other trolls?

Gee..I thought Dooley was going to do it "the right way" with only high "character" guys...I'm surprised you Dooleyphiles aren't livid that we let a former Miami commitment bring all that Kiffin-like negativity to the Hill.

AllforTenn writes:

in response to BrassMonkey:

Too bad he has to play for what will soon become the loosingest coach in TN history. Derek Doolittle 2 star 2 a Dooley. But hey his pants are cool and he's so funny. You know its bad when people talk about your coach like he's the fat girl in high school.

You just continue to make a fool of yourself with this diatribe. What a life you lead.

allvols4life writes:

in response to Packer_Park_Orange:

Gee..I thought Dooley was going to do it "the right way" with only high "character" guys...I'm surprised you Dooleyphiles aren't livid that we let a former Miami commitment bring all that Kiffin-like negativity to the Hill.

So you are judging the kid just because he wanted to go to the University of Miami? You are saying that all University of Miami athletes are not "high character" guys? I suppose anyone that plays at Miami is destined to be a thug and felon? That might be the stupidest come back you have had on this board yet.

VolGrad writes:

...trolls, weak-hearted fans..., not much difference.

Peyton Manning never beat Florida, but I don't think any of us wouldn't want him quarterbacking our team.

The future looks pretty good with Tyler Bray. Anyone who doesn't see that either doesn't want to see that or simply refuses to see it.

Go Vols!

revols21 writes:

in response to Packer_Park_Orange:

You forgot to mention that Dooley has brought a half-empty Neyland Stadium (tomorrow) and a mentality that says we have to scedule stiff's in order to get an invitation to the Weedeater Bowl...Here's how it goes...Bray feasts on Buffalo, turning him into John Elway...More Dooleyphile bravado before the Ga game...A temporary disappearing act by all Dooleyphiles after the beatdowm by Georgia...more fantasy chest thumping by Dooleyphiles...Then the real beatdowns begin with Bama, LSU, and S.C.

TN will NOT lose to GA or SC, guarantee you that! Bama & LSU probably but not GA or Carolina.

And as for the half-empty stadium comment, so you're saying there will be 50,000 in the stands tomorrow? Or is that just another comment you know is not true?

kcbigorngX writes:

in response to jdisintn:

Coach Dooley has brought integrity back to the program. He has the support of the vol nation and his legacy will be built on his accomplishments. Too often people are so quick to judge and only see the negative aspects of any situation. No one wants to win more than the players on the field and we will return to the level that once was. I still get excited before the Vols play, regardless of the opponent, and look forward to cheering them on with my grandson tomorrow. GO VOLS !

Bless you, jd.

You are the definition of anti-vandygrad.

Packer_Park_Orange (Inactive) writes:

in response to SpongeBobOrangePantz:

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Sorry..But I will be down for the Vandy game for a reunion and to see Franklin probably drive the last nail in Doolittle's coffin...By the way..I understand Buffalo players have been wearing earplugs all week so as to simulate playing in front of an empty stadium...And Chick Fil A is offering a Derek Doolittle UNC-Chicken-Out sandwich...They said it was the least they could do as their bowl game is now permanently out of reach for our Vols, with Doolittle.

NO_DIGGITY writes:

in response to Mama_Calls_Me_Precious:

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Ask Scott Brantley's Nephew. He did it last year and is about to do it again this year. That is if he lasts the season. When Lou Saban's nephew's defense takes care of him tomorrow, it will be the first of 6 losses to come. If he can somehow beat Baylor in the Weed Eater Bowl, 7 and 6 could be possible for Jortsville.

OrangeinCarolina2 writes:

Tyler Bray has brought excitement back to the offense. He is a gunslinger and a playmaker and only a sophomore. He will shatter many records before he leaves UT. I think Coach Dooley's point was that Bray has only gotten the chance to play against 1 top 25 team-give him a break. Let's wait and see what he does over the long haul. The same should be said of Dooley. 1 and a 1/4 seasons at the helm of program that was in disrepair is hardly enough time to judge. I have a lot of faith in him. He's building the program solidly. Pouring a good foundation does not happen overnight. This is Tennessee Football and it will return to the top of college football again. And Coach Dooley will take it there. Light 'em up Bray. GO VOLS!

Packer_Park_Orange (Inactive) writes:

in response to NO_DIGGITY:

Ask Scott Brantley's Nephew. He did it last year and is about to do it again this year. That is if he lasts the season. When Lou Saban's nephew's defense takes care of him tomorrow, it will be the first of 6 losses to come. If he can somehow beat Baylor in the Weed Eater Bowl, 7 and 6 could be possible for Jortsville.

Love you Dooleyphiles!...Some great Vol fans we have when our only means of bragging is to live vicariously through Bama.

Packer_Park_Orange (Inactive) writes:

I'm really hoping Coach Doofus has brought in alot of recruits this weekend...What a selling point when Doolittle can tell their kinfolks that they will have a choice of seats when attending the games.

MusicCityVol writes:

Tyler Bray has been all we could have hoped for. Let's remember he's only a sophomore. I like the way he is handling himself and the leadership he is showing. If Dooley keep reeling in commitments on defense to help him like he did yesterday with 4 star DE Trent Taylor then the Vols will be just fine.

Trent Taylor's info and highlights:
http://www.checkerboardchatter.com/20...

trubleoj#657755 writes:

Bray should get credit for the yards gained on the 7 pass interference penalties. It was obviously Muschamp's D game plan. Hold 'em every pass play, we'll get half the calls at home and the ones we don't get head coach will throw a temper tantrum over.

NO_DIGGITY writes:

in response to Packer_Park_Orange:

Love you Dooleyphiles!...Some great Vol fans we have when our only means of bragging is to live vicariously through Bama.

Hey Buddy Bennett, wasn't talking to you.
The Florida Idiot ask about a 500 QB and I gave him his own QB as an example.

Are you really Richmond Flowers younger brother?
Someone posted last week that you were. I feel sorry for you if this your only means of entertainment these days. Your brother was a Great Athlete at UT, what happened to you?

thevoice writes:

Guys, please do us all a favor and STOP replying to non-UT supporters. With your replies, all you're doing is polluting the message board. Honestly, I don't blame the trolls; they're an entity that doesn't register with me on a relevance scale, so they're ignored. But please understand they ONLY keep coming back because you reply to them. I think we're all sick and tired of sifting through the comments only to find 10% are on-topic. Can we all just grow up, have some confidence in who we are as people, not let the slanderous comments of someone else effect our day, and ignore the riff-raff? All UT supporters implore you to grow up!

thevoice writes:

in response to allvols4life:

I know you are right, but I just get so tired of hearing these idiots down OUR coach. Dooley may not be the great coach that I or the rest of the fans want, but no one can judge that based on the first 16 games of his career at UT. I will do my best to ignore the morons, but can't promise I won't reply to any of their garbage, although it wont help.

Guys, please do us all a favor and STOP replying to non-UT supporters. With your replies, all you're doing is polluting the message board. Honestly, I don't blame the trolls; they're an entity that doesn't register with me on a relevance scale, so they're ignored. But please understand they ONLY keep coming back because you reply to them. I think we're all sick and tired of sifting through the comments only to find 10% are on-topic. Can we all just grow up, have some confidence in who we are as people, not let the slanderous comments of someone else effect our day, and ignore the riff-raff? All UT supporters implore you to grow up!

Longtime_Vol writes:

I never cease to be amazed that individuals who are fans of other teams can find the time to come over to TN sites and make disparaging comments. One would think they would have better ways to spend their time. Why can't KNS block those who behave poorly based on their computer address and not provide the opportunity to simply use a different login? I am sure this would be appreciated by all legitimate Vols fans and allow positive and material discussions to take place without needless distractions.

allvols4life writes:

in response to thevoice:

Guys, please do us all a favor and STOP replying to non-UT supporters. With your replies, all you're doing is polluting the message board. Honestly, I don't blame the trolls; they're an entity that doesn't register with me on a relevance scale, so they're ignored. But please understand they ONLY keep coming back because you reply to them. I think we're all sick and tired of sifting through the comments only to find 10% are on-topic. Can we all just grow up, have some confidence in who we are as people, not let the slanderous comments of someone else effect our day, and ignore the riff-raff? All UT supporters implore you to grow up!

I think we get the picture the first time you post. I understand what you are saying. Doesn't mean that I want poke back at the trolls from time to time, but I understand what you are saying.

allvols4life writes:

in response to thevoice:

Guys, please do us all a favor and STOP replying to non-UT supporters. With your replies, all you're doing is polluting the message board. Honestly, I don't blame the trolls; they're an entity that doesn't register with me on a relevance scale, so they're ignored. But please understand they ONLY keep coming back because you reply to them. I think we're all sick and tired of sifting through the comments only to find 10% are on-topic. Can we all just grow up, have some confidence in who we are as people, not let the slanderous comments of someone else effect our day, and ignore the riff-raff? All UT supporters implore you to grow up!

And by the way...don't tell me to grow up! I am just rebutting the argument that some make on here. If that is something that I need to grow up from, then so be it. I am simply voicing my opinion, as you are in saying for us to grow up.

thevoice writes:

in response to allvols4life:

And by the way...don't tell me to grow up! I am just rebutting the argument that some make on here. If that is something that I need to grow up from, then so be it. I am simply voicing my opinion, as you are in saying for us to grow up.

Opinions are great. The problem is, by voicing your opinion to the trolls, you're polluting the "air waves" for us all. I'm just hoping that folks can exercise self-control and post on here without the bait-and-switch trolls controlling their thoughts. For those of us who want the site cleaned up, the troll comments AND those who reply to them, are ignored because it stoops to a personal level, which is beyond the scope of this site. This UT ATHLETICS!

VolinCalif writes:

in response to jobrando#216494:

It might even be trolls on trolls just baiting the general posters

You have that correct. The trolls post back and forth or have two systems to post with, so they can create activity. They know many poster can't refuse to read their garbage and will respond. Sorry I am one of those at times.

allvols4life writes:

in response to thevoice:

Opinions are great. The problem is, by voicing your opinion to the trolls, you're polluting the "air waves" for us all. I'm just hoping that folks can exercise self-control and post on here without the bait-and-switch trolls controlling their thoughts. For those of us who want the site cleaned up, the troll comments AND those who reply to them, are ignored because it stoops to a personal level, which is beyond the scope of this site. This UT ATHLETICS!

Again, I don't disagree with what you are saying. I have fallen prey to the bait at times. However, I don't think that I have ever gotten to a personal level with them. Some have, but I try to steer clear of that and keep it on topic for the article or what foolishness they are spewing.

thevoice writes:

in response to allvols4life:

I think we get the picture the first time you post. I understand what you are saying. Doesn't mean that I want poke back at the trolls from time to time, but I understand what you are saying.

Just understand what you're doing to the rest of us when you "poke" back at the trolls. It took me two troll response readings to completely discount their comments. It should be easy to see they're comments are unfounded, they're attention-seekers, and are probably relatively ignored by society anyway, since they typically don't add anything to it except negativity. So they're trying to get someone to listen to them on here. Although I may feel concerned for that person outside of GVX, in this forum that behavior is unattractive, and it would be nice if others don't stoop to their level, which is what you're doing when you respond to them.

As far as comment duplicity, evidently it's needed even more.

VolinCalif writes:

in response to totoiv:

While I like and am very optimistic about Coach Dooley, I do think his biggest mistake was not starting Tyler Bray from the very beginning of last season. I think Coach Dooley being a first year Coach, could not, in his gut, start a true freshman QB. However, watching the Orange-and-White game (two years ago), Bray was clearly better than Matt Simms. Then, during the summer you begin to hear that Bray did not know the offense and than Simms was more mature. But, I think if Dooley had started Bray out of the gate the Vols win/loss record would have been no worse and maybe better. One thing the media focused on during the UT/Florida game was that Bray was not battle tested against a top opponent or on the road. If Dooley had started Bray he would have 8 more games experience against top opponents (Florida, LSU, Bama, etc). If you think back to those games our offense under Simms was terrible. I think Bray throwing to Denarius Moore, Hunter, and Rogers even against some of those stout defenses would have provided more offense. That extra experience may have made a difference for this year (who knows). One argument, might be, had Bray started the season he may have been roughed up by these power teams and then his confidence would be broken. I don't think so. If you can say anything about Bray, he is a confident gun slinger and if he makes a mistake he gets back up and keeps firing. Coach Fulmer used to irritate me by not playing our most gifted players by saying they are not ready or don't know plays. Fulmer also had a strong allegiance to his seniors and often played them first over more gifted players. After the Florida game Dooley stated the coaches needed to re-evaluate the players and make sure the right people were playing in the right spots. I hope Dooley will prove he can make the tough decisions and play our best players.

Bray could not have done much worse. But DD was correct that his lack of experience and lack of knowledge about the play book was not the best for the team against those Opp's. There was also the fact that Bray would be going up against a schedule of very Phy. teams during his learning curve. He ran a great risk of being hurt and missing the remainder of the season. That would not have been beneficial to his development. Just a thought.

thevoice writes:

in response to thevoice:

Just understand what you're doing to the rest of us when you "poke" back at the trolls. It took me two troll response readings to completely discount their comments. It should be easy to see they're comments are unfounded, they're attention-seekers, and are probably relatively ignored by society anyway, since they typically don't add anything to it except negativity. So they're trying to get someone to listen to them on here. Although I may feel concerned for that person outside of GVX, in this forum that behavior is unattractive, and it would be nice if others don't stoop to their level, which is what you're doing when you respond to them.

As far as comment duplicity, evidently it's needed even more.

Sorry to sound harsh, I'm just sick and tired of the volume of unfounded negativity by no-UT supporters on here, and even more disappointed that UT folk reply to them. As if only a handful of folks are controlling 90% of the responses, which are trashy BTW. Negativity is fine, as long as it's founded and in a critique-ful manner. I actually think GVX247 is probably doing a good business now.

GerryOP writes:

in response to thevoice:

Sorry to sound harsh, I'm just sick and tired of the volume of unfounded negativity by no-UT supporters on here, and even more disappointed that UT folk reply to them. As if only a handful of folks are controlling 90% of the responses, which are trashy BTW. Negativity is fine, as long as it's founded and in a critique-ful manner. I actually think GVX247 is probably doing a good business now.

Any chance you're taking all of this blog/board thing too seriously? However, if you're really serious about the troll problem, try the "Suggest removal" button.

A suggestion. For information about our Vols, read the leading article for each blog. For opinions of fans and non-fans of our Vols, read the posted comments. If only want to read good things about our Vols, go to UTSports.com.

Although you're comments and complaints are valid, it's a free country. Sometimes I'm just in the mood to take a shot at these troll idiots. That's just what fans do.

Be well my Vol friend.

VOLliven2it writes:

Wow the negawaves are more than underwhelming on here. Let's give Tyler and Coach Dooley some more time and see how they do with more experience and in getting some quality players in committed to the University of Tennessee. All the junk continues to reflect people's unacceptance that we have to rebuild and that takes time. When we have rebuilt under Dooley if we do not see big positive strides toward success, then bring out guns. Meanwhile, I will be in Knoxville tomorrow cheering on the Vols and looking to see them improve over the next few weeks. As for Bray, he is doing the best he can with what is there right now and I feel it will be getting better. GO VOLS!

Packer_Park_Orange (Inactive) writes:

in response to 10seVol85:

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As an alumnus and a Vol for life I'll tell you who the real trolls are...They're the ones who sit blithely by and say everything's fine when the wheels are coming off our football program and the whole Athletic Department.

Tomorrow we'll have a half empty stadium to watch a team coached by a Doofus who's never won, won't win and can't win...We have a basketall coach who can't recruit "Ollie" from "Hoosiers". We just hired an AD who's so old he has to take naps at halftime and was merely gived a way to pad his retirement. We have a baseball coach who embarasses us daily with his lack of a college degree...And a track coach who could make you mad giving you a Christmas present....Gee I can't think of a thing to be negative about...Too bad I can't live in a Bugtussle dream world like the rest of you Dooleyphiles.

allvols4life writes:

in response to thevoice:

Sorry to sound harsh, I'm just sick and tired of the volume of unfounded negativity by no-UT supporters on here, and even more disappointed that UT folk reply to them. As if only a handful of folks are controlling 90% of the responses, which are trashy BTW. Negativity is fine, as long as it's founded and in a critique-ful manner. I actually think GVX247 is probably doing a good business now.

I understand your point. I am also sick of the negativity and the baseless arguments. I too agree that negativity that is fact based, and not just the facts that fit your opinion, can and should be tolerated by real UT fans.

My biggest point of contention is the one(s), (not sure if it is one person with multiple screen names or really multiple people) throwing Coach Dooley under the bus after just 16 games. Will he be the next "great" head coach? I have no idea. But I am willing to give him more than 16 games to turn around the program that was at the lowest it has been since I have been following the program. That, and that alone, is what gets under my skin.

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