Tyler Bray ready to move on from vandalism investigation

Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley watches as quarterback Tyler Bray runs drills with his running backs during practice at Haslam Field at the University of Tennessee Friday, Aug. 3, 2012.  (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley watches as quarterback Tyler Bray runs drills with his running backs during practice at Haslam Field at the University of Tennessee Friday, Aug. 3, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

UT QB Tyler Bray addresses questions about the bottle-throwing incident

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After the first practice of his most anticipated season, Tyler Bray was marched to midfield of Tennessee's indoor practice facility, dripping with sweat, and quickly surrounded by a horde of reporters and cameras.

The junior quarterback wanted to talk about football, but he also understood why he was facing questions of a different sort between the Vols' two-a-day sessions Friday.

Speaking publicly for the first time since his name was linked to an investigation of vandalism on July 25 at his apartment complex, Bray said he was ready to move on from "a real stupid decision" that put him in an uncomfortable spotlight.

"I've just got to make smarter decisions," he said. "I thought I made some strides in being a team leader, and then I made some steps back in having that incident. But I'm trying to move forward and get to the football season."

Knoxville police said Thursday that Bray would not face charges in connection with two vandalism incidents at the Landings Riverfront Apartments.

Bray agreed to pay for damages to a vehicle that was pelted by beer bottles and golf balls. A second individual who believed her car was damaged in retaliation for reporting the original vandalism declined to pursue the matter after the apartment complex said it would cover her costs.

In addition to the public embarrassment, Bray said coach Derek Dooley meted out additional punishment that he declined to reveal.

Asked if he had already served the punishment, Bray replied, "I'm practicing, so yeah."

Bray passed for 1,983 yards and 17 touchdowns last season, represented the team at SEC Media Days and was showered with praise by coaches and teammates for his summer leadership. The awkward timing of his alleged indiscretions undermined the talk of his maturity.

But Bray said he needed no reminder of the pressure and scrutiny of being an SEC quarterback.

"I understood it (the scrutiny). I just made a stupid decision," he said. "I wasn't thinking. I need to throw footballs instead of that."

Teammates have been supportive.

QB Tyler Bray talks about starting fall camp

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Sophomore running back Devrin Young said young people frequently make mistakes, but they don't always end up on the front page.

"I'd say there's a lot of things that we all have gotten away with in one stage or another," Young said. "Things happen in every program at every level. It happened, we're past it and it's camp time."

Dooley said Bray was mentally and physically sharp in the first practice.

"You could tell he put in a lot of work this summer," he said.

While difficult to draw sweeping conclusions from Day 1, Dooley said he was generally pleased with practice and nothing was "alarmingly bad." Lest that sound like faint praise, he added, "I've been alarmed by a lot of first practices (in the past)."

Dooley was most pleased by what he called the "administration of practice" — the organization, communication and crispness of the early session.

"It looked like practice 10 from an administrative standpoint," he said. "It was a big contrast from last year."

Bray's leadership was supposed to be a big part of that contrast in 2012, and the Vols believe it still can be.

While still a lanky 6-foot-6 and 215 pounds, Bray has added muscle and made himself more durable by spending more time with strength training.

"He looks better," Dooley said. "The weight room was not one of his friends for most of his career."

Mentally, Bray said he's never felt more confident in the offense.

"My line is going to block like they normally do and the receivers are going to catch the ball," Bray said. "So I've just got to go out and execute."

Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at Twitter.com/TennesseeBeat.

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63vet (Inactive) writes:

We'll see. Talented, but lots of growing up to do yet.

laraccoon writes:

journalism in Knoxvile is amateur at best . how many times you watch these morons ask stupid questions at a press conference and wonder what in the heck are they trying to prove . And then they walk away from an interview with no information because they ask tabloid questions .

mocsandvolsfan writes:

I'd bet that Bray would love for these kind of articles to stop. I know I would. It wasn't a bad read but it wasn't necessary for news. To me these continuing old news things just are signs of no new happenings. Its a new take on the old news. I admit it actually sounded a little positive.

crimsonviper writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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No more odd than your momma paying the truck stop manager to look the other way..Lot Lizards gotta make a livin' too. Go Gatas!

DeltaCharlie3 writes:

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signalcorps writes:

All ball players should have to stay on campass at all times that way adults can live by adults rules and ball players can live by their's ..this way adults don't have to be afraid of them,,old brad's doing nothing new we seen bad kids before...Fans have been saying for years stop bring in the bad kids,,schools have to be carefull they can get to point they will take any player they can get,,it's called coach not doing the job ask of them.....these schools have some of these kids thinking they can do anything they please. And they can....go vols

voloffaith writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie3:

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gater chomper fan lost his lil ole way? Been booted from chomper site? Maybe you are one dumb decision from being embarrassed.....men in glass houses don't throw stones...or simply,"he who is without sin throw the first stone..." oops after Jesus question all the wannabe accusers dispursed....Hey dc3 if it was your son wouldn't you hope others would give him the benefit of doubt and hope he learns from those PAST mistakes?

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to DeltaCharlie3:

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It's amazing how we forget how we acted at age 20 and call people we don't even personally know a lowlife..DC, you're the judgmental lowlife in my opinion, you hypocrite..STHU!

FWBVol writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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Has the doctor paid your mother thousand of dollars to keep silent after dropping you on your head at birth? It's obvious from all of your stupid comments you suffered some sort of brain damage along the way.

chuckfromwoodberry writes:

I love it when the trolls get all indignant.

UTistheOLEMISSoftheEAST writes:

No need to worry. There are plenty of more "stupid decisions" yet to come. It all starts in The Georgia Dome. This kid is a head case. A Stephen Garcia in the making.

BigBadVol writes:

in response to 63vet:

We'll see. Talented, but lots of growing up to do yet.

This.

pingkr62 writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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Please tell us how you know the cost of the damages. Do you work at a Body Shop? Are you a claims adjuster? Have you seen the damage? I'd really like to know.

bah4vols#266620 writes:

Grow the hell up Bray!

MooseandSquirrelVol writes:

in response to pingkr62:

Please tell us how you know the cost of the damages. Do you work at a Body Shop? Are you a claims adjuster? Have you seen the damage? I'd really like to know.

Cost to replace a windshield on a 2007 VW Jetta (the vehicle reported) appears to be about $300.00.

DannyVol writes:

in response to laraccoon:

journalism in Knoxvile is amateur at best . how many times you watch these morons ask stupid questions at a press conference and wonder what in the heck are they trying to prove . And then they walk away from an interview with no information because they ask tabloid questions .

Exactly. The KNS paints itself in a corner and then asks time and time again why the program has become so uncooperative. And just wait, the first game that UT has a ton of top recruits in town, Adams will run as blistering of a commentary piece as his feeble mind can construct. Does it every year.

VolunteerLifer writes:

“I understood it. I just made a stupid decision,”

Well, if it was a conscious decision, that makes it all the worse. Throwing bottles and golf balls at other people's property isn't just stupid. It's criminal. This kid better get his act together both for the sake of his own life and the sake of the football team.

Razzle writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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Come on Gomer, use your brain. If that were the case, you wouldn't know anything about it would you?

TommyJack writes:

in response to crimsonviper:

No more odd than your momma paying the truck stop manager to look the other way..Lot Lizards gotta make a livin' too. Go Gatas!

Good'un, Vipe.

Henley-Street-Bridge writes:

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MooseandSquirrelVol writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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Wrong.
The ist car is the one Bray paid for.
The Jetta is the second car, the one that belongs to the "woman who tattled".
Read the police reports Nimrod.

KingDanno (Inactive) writes:

Bray,
You are the TN QB. So you will be able to get away with alot in Knoxville, but you aren't above the law so wise up. All you need to be doing is practice eat sleep eat practice.

frblalack writes:

Only wish & hope the best for the Vols! Let us all hope & pray that TB gets the message. If it takes someone from the team to grasp his shoulders & shake him violently, or spank his behind, or just get his attention...so be it. But let's don't throw this talent away as some others before him have...see D. Ainge.

Maturity is ongoing; respect is earned! C'mon Volunteers let's put this behind us & kick some Wolfpack & SEC a....! I for one am hoping I've been too harsh a critic; I hope TB is an All-American! He's got the physical attributes; we've got the GREAT receivers. There isn't any reason why we can't score at least five touchdowns a game...thru the air, anyway. The ground game touchdowns will in large part depend on our locomotive, Tiny Richardson, & some great progress by the backs led by Coach Jay. We WILL have some big time yardage!

All Vols - Love the Big Orange! - Aug. 31 can't come soon enough!!! UT Vol for Life!

VolinCalif writes:

For your Info. Redd signed with Texas yesterday. So no help at the kicking game.

MooseandSquirrelVol writes:

in response to andforhisnexttune:

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"So if the apartment complex hadn't paid her off then Tyler Bray WOULD have been charged."

No. If the complex hadn't paid her off then the investigation would have continued.
Since Bray had an alibi for the time of the incident, I doubt if an indictment could have been reached.

"Isn't that an unallowable benefit according to the NCAA?"

I think the "Bill of Rights" is allowable to all students, including atheletes.

laraccoon writes:

in response to andforhisnexttune:

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sounds like he spurned your advances . Youll meet someone new , tinsel .

GiveHim6TDTennessee writes:

in response to VolinCalif:

For your Info. Redd signed with Texas yesterday. So no help at the kicking game.

FYI, Redd is the running back and he went to Kiffy. You're looking for Anthony Fera, who went to Texas. Cheers.

PUL4VOLS writes:

Everyone, please take a deep breath, now turn around slowly because this is all behind us and we have a football season to get ready for. I am believing Mr. Bray wises up and he needs to do so.

HallowedHill writes:

Let's stop crying about this prank and move on. Show me a college student that hasn't acted irresponsibly, and I'll show you a person that wasted the best years of their life.
It's FOOTBALL TIME IN TENNESSEE.

GO VOLS!

GreerVol22 writes:

the police are past it, Bray is past it, why can't KNS get past it? This is the 4th different headline in 3 days on the same subject.

VolFanInTheBoro (Inactive) writes:

in response to UTistheOLEMISSoftheEAST:

No need to worry. There are plenty of more "stupid decisions" yet to come. It all starts in The Georgia Dome. This kid is a head case. A Stephen Garcia in the making.

Little zz this is your 3rd post with 3 different names. You are really obsessed with the Vols!

jack4444 writes:

The trolls are feeling desperate. Makes you smile, doesn't it?

VolFanInTheBoro (Inactive) writes:

in response to andforhisnexttune:

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and you're a no life troll, plain and simple.

MooseandSquirrelVol writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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First and foremost, there is no evidence to connect Bray with the second incident that has been made public.
Further :
Taken directly from KNS :

No charges against Vol QB Tyler Bray, roommate in beer-bottle, golf-ball tossing incident
By John Adams, Don Jacobs
Posted July 25, 2012 at 2:05 p.m., updated July 25, 2012 at 7:33 p.m.

The victim, Bradi Hudson, 22, told police the windshield of her 2008 Ford Special had been cracked and the top dented sometime after she parked the vehicle at The Landings, Riverside Forest Way, about 8 p.m. Friday. She saw the damage about 10 a.m. Saturday.
When Hudson saw the damage, she also found a note on the vehicle that stated, “I know what happened to your car.” The note contained the name and phone number for Kirstie Allen, 21, who resides at the

“Because Hudson doesn’t want to pursue the matter,”

“On Monday, Allen called police to report that her car had been vandalized. The report noted that Allen suspected someone smashed her vehicle’s windshield in retaliation for her telling authorities about those responsible for throwing beer bottles and golf balls from an apartment balcony.”

As per the police reports, Allens vehicle was a 2007 VW Jetta

Allen went into her apartment Monday to eat lunch about 1:10 p.m., according to the incident report. When she left her apartment about 30 minutes later, she saw that the front windshield of her car had been smashed. She estimated the damages at more than $500

She estimated the damage at more than $500.00.
You estimate the damage at more than several thousand.
My estimate came from a "Safelite" online search for that vehicle.
Your's seems to have benn grabbed from the depths of your imagination.

MooseandSquirrelVol writes:

in response to HOW_BOUT_DEM_COWBOYS:

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He must read every post you make for a week.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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You and DC are the original trolls..I'll give you that.

VolGrad writes:

Lots of terminally stupid trolls on here tonight.

Hating like the losers you all are. August 31st can't get here soon enough.

Go Vols! Beat the Pack!!!

Ironcity writes:

in response to frblalack:

Only wish & hope the best for the Vols! Let us all hope & pray that TB gets the message. If it takes someone from the team to grasp his shoulders & shake him violently, or spank his behind, or just get his attention...so be it. But let's don't throw this talent away as some others before him have...see D. Ainge.

Maturity is ongoing; respect is earned! C'mon Volunteers let's put this behind us & kick some Wolfpack & SEC a....! I for one am hoping I've been too harsh a critic; I hope TB is an All-American! He's got the physical attributes; we've got the GREAT receivers. There isn't any reason why we can't score at least five touchdowns a game...thru the air, anyway. The ground game touchdowns will in large part depend on our locomotive, Tiny Richardson, & some great progress by the backs led by Coach Jay. We WILL have some big time yardage!

All Vols - Love the Big Orange! - Aug. 31 can't come soon enough!!! UT Vol for Life!

In my day this whole incident would have been a just a blip. The players in the 70s and 80s did more damaged a raised more he@@ then any of these guys. The difference is they don't have a newspaper writing articles every moment or a bunch of clowns like us commenting on it all day and night.

MooseandSquirrelVol writes:

in response to Ironcity:

In my day this whole incident would have been a just a blip. The players in the 70s and 80s did more damaged a raised more he@@ then any of these guys. The difference is they don't have a newspaper writing articles every moment or a bunch of clowns like us commenting on it all day and night.

Agreed.
About this time last year the starting QB at LSU was in trouble for stomping somebody in the head in a fight.
LSU did ok last year.

GerryOP writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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April 2007 ... Ronnie Wilson ... AK-47 ... in an apartment parking lot.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008...

Now lil' ZZGataBoy, what were you saying?

Lil_ZZGataBoy writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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Wrong Gata breath, you are nothing but a cheap shirt imposter. YOU OWN NOTHING on here.

I am the one and only Lil' ZZGataBoy. Now get back under your bridge. Chomp, chomp, chomp.

TommyJack writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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string, huh? interesting

GerryOP writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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Oh, geeze, lil' zz is typing in capital letters. He's hyperventilating again!

C'mon lil' zz, move back from the keyboard, go get your green gata-footed pjs on, and crawl into your crib. It'll be OK in the morning.

Dang, he used to be reasonable troll competition on here, now he is just a lost little twerp. The fact that the Gatas are stuck with Little Willie for another year has finally got to him.

Night night lil' gatafellar.

VolFanInTheBoro (Inactive) writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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You may be the one and only little zz but you have more multiple personalities than Sybil

OrangePsyched writes:

I can see it now..the Vols are preparing for the SEC Championship game and trolls are saying "yeah but Bray broke a windshield in July." Trolls will be trolls but they will have little to gloat about this year.

MooseandSquirrelVol writes:

in response to VolFanInTheBoro:

You may be the one and only little zz but you have more multiple personalities than Sybil

That's JeffFlowers Bodeane ZZ Sybil to you...you...you...VOL FAN!!!!!

MemphisVOLALum writes:

in response to signalcorps:

All ball players should have to stay on campass at all times that way adults can live by adults rules and ball players can live by their's ..this way adults don't have to be afraid of them,,old brad's doing nothing new we seen bad kids before...Fans have been saying for years stop bring in the bad kids,,schools have to be carefull they can get to point they will take any player they can get,,it's called coach not doing the job ask of them.....these schools have some of these kids thinking they can do anything they please. And they can....go vols

You are correct and it used to be that way. Gibbs Hall was the place most VOL ball players stayed. However, in our politically correct world we can't give ball players any special treatment, so now non-scholarship students stay at Gibbs Hall too forcing ball players to apartments where they are less supervised and potentially in more trouble. This is a natiional problem. Look at where players are when they are in trouble and what time it is when they get in trouble. Some of these young men at every school didn't grow up with the advantage of great role models teaching them what they need to avoid. It is no wonder, left to their own devises they can sometimes make poor choices. In every school football is about more than wins on the field. it has to help prepare young men to take their place in the world with or without NFL contracts. Just my thoughts

jejjen writes:

A second individual who believed her car was damaged in retaliation for reporting the original vandalism declined to pursue the matter after the apartment complex said it would cover her costs.
________________________________

I wonder if the apartment complex offers to pay for vandalism done to any car at their complex when there are no witnesses to who did the damage? If so, it sounds like a pretty generous policy to me. Or does a UT QB have to mentioned in connection with the vandalism before the complex will offer this kind of special compensation?

frblalack writes:

in response to Ironcity:

In my day this whole incident would have been a just a blip. The players in the 70s and 80s did more damaged a raised more he@@ then any of these guys. The difference is they don't have a newspaper writing articles every moment or a bunch of clowns like us commenting on it all day and night.

Absolutely agree 100%! Unfortunately with the internet age, twitter, etc. everything is made into a much bigger deal. As I said previously, I was too critical of TB. And I hope for our team's sake he does do some maturing!

Also meant to reference E. Ainge (not D.), my bad! Old age isn't always a blessing!

Go Big Orange - Believe in the Vols!!!

Vols4Ever writes:

in response to MemphisVOLALum:

You are correct and it used to be that way. Gibbs Hall was the place most VOL ball players stayed. However, in our politically correct world we can't give ball players any special treatment, so now non-scholarship students stay at Gibbs Hall too forcing ball players to apartments where they are less supervised and potentially in more trouble. This is a natiional problem. Look at where players are when they are in trouble and what time it is when they get in trouble. Some of these young men at every school didn't grow up with the advantage of great role models teaching them what they need to avoid. It is no wonder, left to their own devises they can sometimes make poor choices. In every school football is about more than wins on the field. it has to help prepare young men to take their place in the world with or without NFL contracts. Just my thoughts

You are so astute and no doubt correct with the assertion that Gibbs Hall provided an atmosphere undoubtedly producing fine, upstanding citizens of young men. Obviously, the allegation of an incident where a VOL tailback (who scored 4 touchdowns against the Golden Domers) pulled a sawed off shotgun from his car parked at Gibbs and threatened bodily harm and use of deadly force against his teammates could never have occurred if the NCAA hadn’t eliminated dorms solely for athletic teammates.
The biggest doubt arising from TBs balcony performance is how could he have missed the dumpster he was obviously attempting to use for the depositing of trash by such a wide margin?

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