Tyler Bray looking for more from Orange and White outing this year

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The specific details hardly seemed to matter, and Tyler Bray didn't seem eager to relive the memory.

Even before the question was finished about his final spring outing a year ago, the Tennessee quarterback was muttering about the statistical disaster.

"It was horrible," Bray said barely louder than a whisper.

That assessment was difficult to argue after he struggled mightily with his accuracy and decision-making in his sophomore appearance in the Orange and White Game. But citing everything from improved maturity to the continuity with the first-team offense remaining intact for his third outing in the annual exhibition, the Vols starter is certainly expecting to deliver something a bit more memorable at Neyland Stadium today. Kickoff is 2:30 p.m. The game can be seen on foxsportstennessee.com and watchespn.com.

"Just wasn't mature last year, didn't take it for what it's worth," Bray said after practice on Thursday. "This year I kind of realize what it actually means, and I'm just trying to get better.

"I mean, we just have to take it for what it is. It's another practice, a chance to show the fans what you've been working for all spring."

The Vols may not have taken the game quite so seriously over the last two years, and particularly at quarterback the combination of a low-pressure situation and rosters mixed up through a draft helped produce some ugly numbers, with Bray finishing 5-of-30 for 122 yards.

But coach Derek Dooley has addressed both of those factors for his third Orange and White Game, treating the last workout of spring like he would a scrimmage and pitting his starters on both sides of the ball against each other for a "good-on-good" competition.

That should give the Vols a better showcase for their progress, with Bray at the top of a list of five players the News Sentinel will be watching closely as camp closes.

No. 2: Herman Lathers

The senior linebacker hasn't done any live work in front of a crowd or the media since the Music City Bowl after the 2010 season.

Lathers has been impressing coaches with his work ethic and recovery as he returns from a fractured ankle and a shoulder surgery, and he's been productive in two scrimmages so far this spring. At full strength, he could provide a major boost on defense.

No. 3: Rajion Neal

In the backfield on a full-time basis again, the junior got the nod to work with the first-team offense to finish camp.

If he can protect the ball while still showing the type of burst that can produce yardage in big chunks, Neal might be tough to displace in the starting lineup. Plenty of people will be watching closely to make sure he keeps a tight grip on the ball.

No. 4: Brian Randolph

A sophomore, the safety is already demonstrating leadership in the secondary and developing into an indispensable weapon defensively.

Randolph had interceptions in both scrimmages this spring, and a hat trick would provide even more momentum for him rolling into the offseason.

It might start generating more buzz for a player that perhaps gets a bit less attention than classmates A.J. Johnson and Curt Maggitt on his side of the ball.

No. 5: Antonio Richardson

The Vols have raved about the work of the sophomore at left tackle, with his development prompting the team to move a two-year starter at the position to guard.

That has been a bonus for the offensive line, which boasts more flexibility and depth if Richardson continues to hold down that spot.

And it also gives the Vols much more size given his enormous stature and power.

Austin Ward covers Tennessee football. Follow him at http://twitter.com/Vols_Beat and http://blogs.knoxnews.com/ward.

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Vol-N-Fl writes:

No injurys, some emotion, teamwork, and no headlines this summer. Let's be real, it's just a glorified scrimmage. Fall will tell the tale.

GO VOLS!!

gerwmor writes:

What I hope Bray, Palardy, Rogers, Neal, and, for that matter, all these players, realize is that they have nothing to prove to the "pretend" fans who post on this site, but they have everything to prove to themselves. They have the potential to be a very good, exciting, and explosive team. I am still thinking 8 wins, possibly 9, and a decent bowl game. If they achieve that record this year, then Bray and the other plays who came in with him can look forward to an awesome senior year and leave UT knowing that they restored a great program to its proper place.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

I hope CDD doesn't just have TB flinging passes all over the field and forces more game type situations..I understand the need to keep our skill players healthy, but last year that was not even good prep for our offense or defense..Just a thought.

born2ride writes:

Where's Da-rick?

GerryOP writes:

in response to born2ride:

Where's Da-rick?

#21 on the White Team.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to toddyboy:

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That's a laugh, whether TB or any player ignores CDD is perception/speculation..But you can't claim that, you constantly mention Dooley on any story/sport on GVX..So, as I see it CDD has your complete attention..CDD owns your little world and twisted thoughts..Get some help obsessed one.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to born2ride:

Where's Da-rick?

Witch Doctor say the knox media reported Georgia State...Witch Doctor say youre welcome. lol
Bones never lie.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor say the knox media reported Georgia State...Witch Doctor say youre welcome. lol
Bones never lie.

Good job, WD, humor the weirdo..You know what?? Perhaps this is really naffy..Just a thought

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

Good job, WD, humor the weirdo..You know what?? Perhaps this is really naffy..Just a thought

Witch Doctor cant figure out the "high" of getting a reaction to making stupid/insulting statements they make and then getting called stupid, but then again Witch Doctor hear some people pay others to pee on them? Witch Doctor guess it takes all kinds(?) lol.
Bones never lie.
*Witch Doctor not had post deleted in months...streak over man! haha

atributetoLombardiwasbanned writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor say the knox media reported Georgia State...Witch Doctor say youre welcome. lol
Bones never lie.

WD, bones never lie, but you CRACK MINE UP!.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor cant figure out the "high" of getting a reaction to making stupid/insulting statements they make and then getting called stupid, but then again Witch Doctor hear some people pay others to pee on them? Witch Doctor guess it takes all kinds(?) lol.
Bones never lie.
*Witch Doctor not had post deleted in months...streak over man! haha

LMAO, what's a Doctor to do??

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to Sammy_Burklows_Revenge:

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Hopefully you'll get some real help before then or a family member will realize you are off of your meds..I know you feel better without the effexor but seriously, dude, get some help..

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to orangesheep:

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Witch Doctor say really? from someone that pretends to be a sheep and baaa's? lol
Bones never lie.

FEARinSEC writes:

in response to orangesheep:

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Little girls usually aren't on a college football site... So, why are you here?

FEARinSEC writes:

Hey, Witchy, question for ya.
Do you know how orangesheep troll found the sheep in the tall grass???

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to FEARinSEC:

Hey, Witchy, question for ya.
Do you know how orangesheep troll found the sheep in the tall grass???

Witch Doctor say how? lol
Bones never lie.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to orangesheep:

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Hey, you're the one hanging out with flock..So sayeth' the Shepherd!! Now get the flock out of here!!

Vol43 writes:

in response to slaw_way:

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The only thing toddy has ever rolled is a fatty. It's 420 toddy, have a nice night and hold Rupert tight.

FEARinSEC writes:

VERY SATISFYING!!! Sheep never lie (or kiss and tell!) lol

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to FEARinSEC:

VERY SATISFYING!!! Sheep never lie (or kiss and tell!) lol

Witch Doctor admit throw up little in mouth. lol. good one.
Bones never lie.

Vo2Vol writes:

in response to toddyboy:

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Toddyboy, you are an idiot. You obviously have never played a sport or you would understand that you cannot play varsity teams with JV players. You are just like some of the other geniuses on this site that thinks a new coach can walk in and win. Coach Dooley finally has a completed roster. Why don't you give him a break and let him do his job. He would not be here if he was not a qualified and capable coach. We need for him to be successful.

Vol43 writes:

Not my fight, but you just set yourself up Vo with the qualified and capable part. Toddy will jump on that like white on rice. Just watch.

Vol43 writes:

Provided he's not shaving his legs for a date. In that event, he'll catch you later.

allvol32 writes:

Reading these comments I'd say the score is about 21 to zip Fans over Trolls.

TitanandVolfan4life writes:

Trolls will always troll.

Haters will always hate.

Morons will always be morons.

Stupid just can't be fixed.

Tennessee football is on a upward road so be patient and in a couple of years we'll be in the fight for the SEC East Championship most every year like we should be.

We do NOT even have all our scholarships filled yet.

Our depth is mostly Freshmen and Sophs.

This season will be better and the upward climb will continue.

Only a total moron wants CDD fired after only 3 seasons that do have us getting better.

This is only Spring practice and the beginning of year 3 of the CDD total rebuilding plan.

Play hard, play smart, focus on execution and keep everyone healthy.

VFL...GBO!!!

bkgunter writes:

in response to gerwmor:

What I hope Bray, Palardy, Rogers, Neal, and, for that matter, all these players, realize is that they have nothing to prove to the "pretend" fans who post on this site, but they have everything to prove to themselves. They have the potential to be a very good, exciting, and explosive team. I am still thinking 8 wins, possibly 9, and a decent bowl game. If they achieve that record this year, then Bray and the other plays who came in with him can look forward to an awesome senior year and leave UT knowing that they restored a great program to its proper place.

You're just wrong. This team has plenty to prove to everybody. And who appointed you the arbiter of the fan base? If YOU can't take a critical point of view, keep scrolling. And who cares how many wins you're "thinking?" "Hoping" is what you mean. And if I disagree with your rosy 8 or 9, I'm a pretender? Ridiculous.

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

in response to Sammy_Burklows_Revenge:

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Has anyone ever seen Toddygirl and Sammy (Jeff Flowers) in the same room? Those 2 clowns sure post a lot of their **** close together....or maybe just maybe...could Toddygirl be yet another one of Flower's multiple personalities? Or they could just have that May-December thing going on...which is much more plausible.

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

in response to toddyboy:

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Toddygirl...dude, you must get a life. Its not healthy to have Coach Dooley on your feeble mind 24 X 7. I bet even when you shave your legs you think about him. You post **** on here all day...all night...and early every morning. Hopefully your unemployment runs out soon and you will be forced to get a job. Maybe your troll mentor, Jeff Flowers, can help you out.

brokendownoldvol writes:

It suks the weather is going to be bad again this yr.

GerryOP writes:

in response to bkgunter:

You're just wrong. This team has plenty to prove to everybody. And who appointed you the arbiter of the fan base? If YOU can't take a critical point of view, keep scrolling. And who cares how many wins you're "thinking?" "Hoping" is what you mean. And if I disagree with your rosy 8 or 9, I'm a pretender? Ridiculous.

"This team has plenty to prove to everybody?" And who appointed you the arbiter of "everybody?" Ridiculous.

GerryOP writes:

in response to toddyboy:

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A good description of lil' ToadyBoy ... obsessed. Hey lil' ToadyBoy, try exorcism. If that doesn't help, maybe a frontal lobotomy will do the trick.

Have you ever stopped to think how insignificant your comments are? They affect absolutely nothing except to satisfy your insane need to be an attention hog.

I'm outta here. The O&W game starts in 4 hours. That's where real Vol fans will be today, not sitting on here flapping their jaws about something they know nothing about. Being at Neyland showing support for our Vols may actually help the team! At last it shows that we appreciate what they do for our university.

All Vol... All Day... Every Day...

Vol_in_Mich writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor admit throw up little in mouth. lol. good one.
Bones never lie.

o-sheep must be from Montana where Men are men & the sheep are afraid.
Seriously, sounds like the new coaching staff may be learning how to actually coach. Dooley may be better off if he lets his assistants do their jobs & just manage things. We'll see.

ScottEmge writes:

Bray:"This year I kind of realize what it actually means..."

After 2 years Bray kind of realizes what it actually means? The Vols are in trouble.

GerryOP writes:

in response to toddyboy:

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And how in hell do your rants prevent losing? All they do is show what an obsessed loser you are.

Lil' ToadyBoy "the greatest?" The greatest what? The greatest loser perhaps? Why waste time on here? Why don't you drag your skinny butt over to Neyland and tell Coach Dooley to his face what you think of him? C'mon lil' ToadyBoy ... DO IT!

Lil_ZZGataBoy writes:

"...you and your kind." You'd better be careful what you say on here boy.

ProfessionalHandicapper writes:

in response to toddyboy:

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I agree with most of your comments but Bray is not a Top 5 pick in the NFL draft. First off he has not proven he can lead teams or be a winner. Secondly his durability has not been proven. Bray needs to stay in school, get bigger and stronger and learn to read a defense instead of forcing throws into coverage. Most of Brays big games have seen his WR's running wide open vs bad teams. Until Bray can beat a Top 50 team, he is in no way the number 5 pick in a draft. This team still has no wins over top 50 teams the last three years, much less a Top 15 team. You seem to be giving these guys too much credit. I'm not sold on Bray until he grows up, learns to compete at a High level even in the meaningless games. Lets wait and see if all this talk of maturity means anything vs Bama and Florida.

Lil_ZZGataBoy writes:

in response to toddyboy:

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Kid, you ain't proved Jack Squat to nobody. You're "...hastening the departure of an unqualified, imposter of a coach?" You need to get some serious help kid. You got problems, serious problems. Hope they don't let you out on the street without a leash and adult supervision.

UT4prez writes:

in response to GerryOP:

And how in hell do your rants prevent losing? All they do is show what an obsessed loser you are.

Lil' ToadyBoy "the greatest?" The greatest what? The greatest loser perhaps? Why waste time on here? Why don't you drag your skinny butt over to Neyland and tell Coach Dooley to his face what you think of him? C'mon lil' ToadyBoy ... DO IT!

Now Gerry. Why do you insult skinny people by grouping this clown in with them? He drags down any group of which he is part so let's leave him all alone. Something tells me toddy likes it that way anyway.

UT4prez writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

I agree with most of your comments but Bray is not a Top 5 pick in the NFL draft. First off he has not proven he can lead teams or be a winner. Secondly his durability has not been proven. Bray needs to stay in school, get bigger and stronger and learn to read a defense instead of forcing throws into coverage. Most of Brays big games have seen his WR's running wide open vs bad teams. Until Bray can beat a Top 50 team, he is in no way the number 5 pick in a draft. This team still has no wins over top 50 teams the last three years, much less a Top 15 team. You seem to be giving these guys too much credit. I'm not sold on Bray until he grows up, learns to compete at a High level even in the meaningless games. Lets wait and see if all this talk of maturity means anything vs Bama and Florida.

I agree with you. Right now Bray is not a top 5 pick. He may not even be a first rounder at this point. However, the NFL cares more about physical tools than how many wins you got over top 50 teams. If they see physical tools with which to work the scouts will overlook other things. One thing that is in his favor is that quarterbacks have been way overvalued recently. Last year's draft was ridiculous. Locker, Ponder, and Tebow all come to mind as QBs taken way too early. I'm sure I'm missing some.

GONAVY writes:

A spring game is not usually a reflection of a team's performance in the coming fall. It's used to tinker some, to develop depth some, to try and build team chemistry, work on skills development, etc. Most of the offense and defense packages will be guarded...no one displays much to the public in the spring. The game is generally more fun and for the fans. In such an environment I wouldn't think anyone should try and rate the performance of Bray or any other player. It's scripted and plays a lot of situationals. That being said, though, 5-30 were pretty bad numbers for Bray, considering the environment.

Noogaorange writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

I agree with most of your comments but Bray is not a Top 5 pick in the NFL draft. First off he has not proven he can lead teams or be a winner. Secondly his durability has not been proven. Bray needs to stay in school, get bigger and stronger and learn to read a defense instead of forcing throws into coverage. Most of Brays big games have seen his WR's running wide open vs bad teams. Until Bray can beat a Top 50 team, he is in no way the number 5 pick in a draft. This team still has no wins over top 50 teams the last three years, much less a Top 15 team. You seem to be giving these guys too much credit. I'm not sold on Bray until he grows up, learns to compete at a High level even in the meaningless games. Lets wait and see if all this talk of maturity means anything vs Bama and Florida.

It hurts to agree with you but....you are dead on about Bray. He's got a whole lot to prove to even get drafted much less in the top 5.

Millisa writes:

Tyler Bray and the Offense has ALOT to prove after losing the Ky game last season not going to a bowl and etc They better get it together and Need to get rid of Dooley and get a "Real" Coach (preferably Tony Dungy Or Bill Cowher)

Vol43 writes:

in response to Millisa:

Tyler Bray and the Offense has ALOT to prove after losing the Ky game last season not going to a bowl and etc They better get it together and Need to get rid of Dooley and get a "Real" Coach (preferably Tony Dungy Or Bill Cowher)

Looks like toddy has a sister.

BleednUrnge81 writes:

in response to toddyboy:

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So having no depth before his tenure started and being one of the youngest teams in the nation 2 years in a row has not one thing to do with it huh? You are an idiot.
GBO and have a good'n.

BleednUrnge81 writes:

in response to toddyboy:

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1-7 was last year moron.

givehim6 writes:

in response to toddyboy:

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First off I am no Dooley lover or whatever is the name of the day the CDD haters are using today I just get sick of hearing all this " Everything is CDD fault. Last time I heard this was about 2008 and the haters were trying to get ride of another coach (yes I was one of those haters). UT leared something from that, chopping off the head is not always the best. Yes it fills good for a bit, but you need to put in the wrigh guy in there place.

givehim6 writes:

in response to Millisa:

Tyler Bray and the Offense has ALOT to prove after losing the Ky game last season not going to a bowl and etc They better get it together and Need to get rid of Dooley and get a "Real" Coach (preferably Tony Dungy Or Bill Cowher)

And how much $$$$ do you think UT would need to come up with to come to UT? Do not get me wroung I love UT and it would be great to get either of these guys to coach her, it would take some big bucks to pull this off, besides there NFL coaches, not sure how quick there styles would adapt to NCAA much less SEC play.

GloryDays writes:

in response to born2ride:

Where's Da-rick?

He doesn't want to play because he might get grass stains on his paints. He only likes to smoke grass.

orangeman1 writes:

Toddy knows that there is talent on this UT team. Enough talent to win 8/9 games. I'm not sure why he cant have any faith in all the new coaches and players if he is a UT fan. Dooley came into a bad situation. That is a fact. The team finally has depth and talent so ALL of us will find out this year if the coaches have what it takes to put it all together. SO, all this "Dooley stinks" talk is premature. It gets old, and its an obvious attention seeker. Now is the time for positivity for the true fan base and the team. It seems from what I'm hearing, that the team is getting that chemistry needed to make things happen. This could be a very exciting year and it seems fans would want to be optimistic and positive instead of negative and annoying.

givehim6 writes:

in response to givehim6:

And how much $$$$ do you think UT would need to come up with to come to UT? Do not get me wroung I love UT and it would be great to get either of these guys to coach her, it would take some big bucks to pull this off, besides there NFL coaches, not sure how quick there styles would adapt to NCAA much less SEC play.

Sorry, coach hear.

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