Bray, Lathers, James to represent UT at SEC Media Days

When Tennessee is called to the stage at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala., for SEC Media Days, coach Derek Dooley will be joined by a trio of upperclassmen.

Junior quarterback Tyler Bray, junior offensive lineman JaWuan James and senior linebacker Herman Lathers will represent the Vols to a throng of media.

All 14 SEC programs will participate in the three-day media blitz from July 17-19. Day one will feature league newcomers Texas A&M and Missouri, along with South Carolina and Vanderbilt. Florida, Mississippi State, Arkansas, Kentucky, Auburn and LSU will appear on the July 18. Tennessee will be joined by Alabama, Ole Miss and Georgia on July 19, the final day.

UT is coming off a 1-7 conference campaign and a last-place finish in the SEC East. The team’s lone SEC win came over Vanderbilt in an overtime affair at Neyland Stadium. The Vols finished 5-7.

Tennessee started last season with a 3-1 mark behind 1,328 passing yards and 15 touchdowns from Bray. The sophomore’s torrid pace ended with a broken thumb suffered in a home loss to Georgia in the fifth game of the season. Heading into his junior season, Bray ranks seventh on UT’s career touchdown passes list with 35 touchdown passes.

A two year starter for Dooley, James is the anchor at right tackle. He’s started 25 straight games and was a member of the coaches 2010 All-SEC freshman team.

Lathers boasts 116 career tackles in two season of action, but missed the entire 2011 season with a fractured ankle. He started 12 games in 2010 and registered 75 tackles and 4.5 tackles for loss. Lathers is a two-time academic All-SEC selection.

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MemphoVol writes:

Call me crazy, but I think we are going to surprise some people this year - if we stay healthy.

Orange_Juiced writes:

You go HL. With all the challenges this young man has faced...and is still able to find peace through faith...he will make a fine representative for the University of Tennessee. Amen!

rampsneggs writes:

Don't know how many games Bray has started, but seventh all time in TD passes with as many as two full seasons remaining is impressive.

10ECDave writes:

Well it looks like Georgia won't have Isaiah Crowell at the media days or even next season! Two felonies...conceled weapon, carrying a weapon in a school zone, altered ID, and a third weapons charge. Georgia owns the Fulmer er the Richt cup!

voloffaith writes:

in response to rampsneggs:

Don't know how many games Bray has started, but seventh all time in TD passes with as many as two full seasons remaining is impressive.

Also interesting since he has never completed a full season alone. As another stated , exciting if we can find some new horses to go with the old ones and stay healthy...

VolGrad writes:

We need a full season from Bray and Hunter on offense and Herman Lathers on defense. Hope and pray they all stay healthy this year. Herman certainly deserves some breaks to go his way. #VFL

Go Vols!!!

TheVolSnake writes:

in response to rampsneggs:

Don't know how many games Bray has started, but seventh all time in TD passes with as many as two full seasons remaining is impressive.

He has played in 16 and I think started 14 I could be off by one from the 2011 season. He played some but didn't start till Nov/Oct of 2010 and them missed 5 games with broken thumb last year.

He is also closing in on several records of P. Manning.

If Hunter hadn't gone down last year could have been a lot more TD's.

Harrit writes:

I like the d-line, ends, backers, and safties. We have 1 of the corners locked down too. That other corner is the question. Anyone think Bonner or McNeil can step in, or can the Moore slide over from the safety position and handle the corner spot? I think Moore and Waggner at corners, with Randolph and Brewer at safety could make a nice defensive backfield.

WetumpkaThumpa writes:

in response to VolGrad:

We need a full season from Bray and Hunter on offense and Herman Lathers on defense. Hope and pray they all stay healthy this year. Herman certainly deserves some breaks to go his way. #VFL

Go Vols!!!

I'm sure there will be some trolls weighing in on this in a minute. Our luck has been really bad, hopefully our bad luck will transfer over to the trolls teams for their complete lack of intelligence and class? Their karma has to be getting worse every time they comment on a TENNESSEE STORY!

TheVolSnake writes:

in response to Harrit:

I like the d-line, ends, backers, and safties. We have 1 of the corners locked down too. That other corner is the question. Anyone think Bonner or McNeil can step in, or can the Moore slide over from the safety position and handle the corner spot? I think Moore and Waggner at corners, with Randolph and Brewer at safety could make a nice defensive backfield.

Harrit

Bleachers report and rivals has had some really good articles on each part of our team over the last month. Now you have to take it as written by fans and Pro Vol writers but the content is fairly good.

Our D Backfield:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/12...

Our O. Line:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/12...

Our Defense as a whole:

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/11...

Our LB look like they will be a force.

http://tennessee.rivals.com/content.a...

Our Defense Line needs to work together but looks like we could be 2 deep in every spot.

http://tennessee.rivals.com/content.a...

The team grade after the spring practice.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/11...

I could comment on each area but over all depending on Injuries and or other issues we will have a very good team this year and this is not counting the incoming signees.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

Good choices that will represent UT well..I sure hope Lathers can stay healthy, if so he will be a difference maker..GBO!!

OrangePsyched writes:

Great reps for the Orange IMO. This team has been building chemistry this summer and has the talent. If we can find some good vocal leaders the team will be complete. I'm looking forward to a big time bowl and return to national prominence.

Harrit writes:

Honestly, the Vols have everything needed to compete at the highest levels. The final 2 factors are good health, and luck. They have to create their own luck, and they do that by being prepared, and having complete confidence in what they are doing. The momentum will build to a point where this team, if healthy, and prepared, will not be beat! That 1st road game in Athens will be the real test. If we escape 5-0, then we'll be on to something.

crimsonviper writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

Good choices that will represent UT well..I sure hope Lathers can stay healthy, if so he will be a difference maker..GBO!!

Agree on Lathers,bud...He has really done his part in the classroom. Now,it would be nice to see what he can accomplish on the field with an injury free year. He definately deserves it.

TheVolSnake writes:

in response to Harrit:

Honestly, the Vols have everything needed to compete at the highest levels. The final 2 factors are good health, and luck. They have to create their own luck, and they do that by being prepared, and having complete confidence in what they are doing. The momentum will build to a point where this team, if healthy, and prepared, will not be beat! That 1st road game in Athens will be the real test. If we escape 5-0, then we'll be on to something.

I agree looking at NCS and the Vols and if both teams come out of Fall practice basically injury free, should be a very good game. I know I am a Vol pro person but just looking at stat verse stat and position verse position the Vols have the advantage.

Passing verse D backs Vols
QB Vols
WR Vols
RB NCS
Defense even because of unknown 3-4, we had the better D but we are switching to a 3-4
Kicking NCS
Kick return Vols
O Line Even

So the Vols should win

I really think our running game will be improved.

kicking nothing but better blocking from the O Line as improved, hopefully the kickers live up to their capability's this year.

stevefrommemphis writes:

Tennessee should boycott SEC Media Days until that liar Slive moves it out of Hoover, Alabama. He said he was going to move it several years ago after those Alabama rednecks gave Fulmer such a hard time, but once the story died down, Slive forgot.

In fact, I say move the SEC Headquarters out of Birimingham. Having it there gives Bama an advantage.

TheVolSnake writes:

in response to rampsneggs:

Don't know how many games Bray has started, but seventh all time in TD passes with as many as two full seasons remaining is impressive.

I went through the Stats and Bray has started 12 games total played in 16. 3,832 passing yards, 35 TD’s, 16 interceptions and a QB rating of 143.8. So if you take out the stats where he didn’t start the 12 games this year he could throw over 3000 yards and 30+ TD’s but as everyone knows this would be very hard to do in the SEC. I for one thinks he will do it this year (3000, 30)

Lather the one year he started 2010 had 44 Unassisted tackles, 31 assisted for a total of 75 tackles, 2.5 sacks and one pass def.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to crimsonviper:

Agree on Lathers,bud...He has really done his part in the classroom. Now,it would be nice to see what he can accomplish on the field with an injury free year. He definately deserves it.

Good to hear from you,CV..I hope you and the fam are well.

crimsonviper writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

Good to hear from you,CV..I hope you and the fam are well.

We are,same to you old friend..

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

in response to TheVolSnake:

He has played in 16 and I think started 14 I could be off by one from the 2011 season. He played some but didn't start till Nov/Oct of 2010 and them missed 5 games with broken thumb last year.

He is also closing in on several records of P. Manning.

If Hunter hadn't gone down last year could have been a lot more TD's.

I think he has started a total of 12 games. We were 2-6 when he took over in 2010, and he started the final 5 games.

He's already taken a couple of records. Seems to me he was the first quarterback to throw for 300+ yards in each of his first two starts, the first to throw 5 TDs in a single half, the first to throw for 300+ yards in a single half, 82.5% completions vs Cincy ranked #1 in UT history, first UT player ever to earn SEC weekly awards 3 times in one season, first UT QB since Manning to have four 300+ yard games in a season or throw multiple TDs in six consecutive games.

He's doin' ok.

TheVolSnake writes:

in response to 10seVol85_Part_Deux:

I think he has started a total of 12 games. We were 2-6 when he took over in 2010, and he started the final 5 games.

He's already taken a couple of records. Seems to me he was the first quarterback to throw for 300+ yards in each of his first two starts, the first to throw 5 TDs in a single half, the first to throw for 300+ yards in a single half, 82.5% completions vs Cincy ranked #1 in UT history, first UT player ever to earn SEC weekly awards 3 times in one season, first UT QB since Manning to have four 300+ yard games in a season or throw multiple TDs in six consecutive games.

He's doin' ok.

Thank you very much for the updated Info.

I cant wait to see him with the fully complement of receivers and backs that can catch this year.

TitanandVolfan4life writes:

3 great choices to represent our Vols at the SEC Media days.

I hope HL can stay healthy and have a great year and I also hope the NCAA will grant him another year to play since he lost all of last season and that will help our 2013 team alot at the LB position.

We're not there just yet with a solid 2 deep of SEC type starters at every position but CDD is recruiting well and getting much better depth at every position considering how little we had when he came to K town so I believe we're on the right road of rebuilding the right way to be competitive every season and be in the hunt for the SEC East Championship every year like we should be.

Once we keep recruiting good players every year then the Big Orange Wins will start coming and the recruits will get better and better and our Vols train will be back on the tracks and moving full speed ahead.

VFL...GBO!!!

VOLFAN4LIFEgovols writes:

in response to Harrit:

Honestly, the Vols have everything needed to compete at the highest levels. The final 2 factors are good health, and luck. They have to create their own luck, and they do that by being prepared, and having complete confidence in what they are doing. The momentum will build to a point where this team, if healthy, and prepared, will not be beat! That 1st road game in Athens will be the real test. If we escape 5-0, then we'll be on to something.

I bleed Orange and I hate to be the bearer of bad news but the Vols do not have everything to compete on the national level yet,close but not yet. If the line gets better run blocking they will have a good offense but Hunter wont be the same noone is after a injury like that. As far as defense, last year it was horrible when they played a good team, mix that with the new 3-4 where its a nessisity to have great DB'S. Tennessee's in trouble there this year cause that is the weakest part of the team. So UT will win 7 games in the reg season and may get a 8th but I wouldnt count on much more than that.

GONAVY writes:

in response to stevefrommemphis:

Tennessee should boycott SEC Media Days until that liar Slive moves it out of Hoover, Alabama. He said he was going to move it several years ago after those Alabama rednecks gave Fulmer such a hard time, but once the story died down, Slive forgot.

In fact, I say move the SEC Headquarters out of Birimingham. Having it there gives Bama an advantage.

Where do you put it?

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