Vanderbilt, Tennessee rivalry may rest on QB Tyler Bray's arm

Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray (8) runs the ball during the second half against Missouri at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012.  UT lost in four overtimes by 51-48. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray (8) runs the ball during the second half against Missouri at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. UT lost in four overtimes by 51-48. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

— The more Vanderbilt defensive players discussed Vols quarterback Tyler Bray this week, the more one word kept being used.

“He’s a gunslinger, man,” linebacker Archibald Barnes said. “That’s the term for him. The guy can throw the ball.”

Tennessee’s defense has surrendered a boatload of points and backbreaking plays this season, but it’s the right arm of Bray and his many options that have the Commodores concerned entering their annual grudge match at 6 tonight (ESPN2) at Vanderbilt Stadium.

Vanderbilt (6-4, 4-3 SEC) has not beaten Tennessee (4-6, 0-6) in Nashville since 1982. If the 14-game home drought finally ends, so will the Vols’ hopes of reaching a bowl game.

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DavidB writes:

Brays arm might play a big part but I think this one is won or lost on the ground game.

djohnnyg writes:

Why Dooley chose to sit on the ball with 2 timeouts left in reg. and a QB like Bray...is still impossible to understand.

At the very least you take a few deep shots and if u get picked off deep in their territory it's no harm.

PLUS Dooley himself said he was sitting on the ball to rely on the defense anyway..by taking a few shots you ARE relying on he defense in the event you get intercepted. Unless they were to return it all the way back for a td...and in that case you don't deserve to win anyway.

To add even more head scratching to the situation, the fact that Dooley said he was relying on his defense to save UT is probably the most ridiculous, inane statement he ever made.

Why would Dooley wait until he has legitimate shot at winning the game to decide to all of a sudden get cautious and rely on the worst defense in UT history to save him?

BeRealistic writes:

C'mon defense. Let's keep our streak going against Vandy.

djohnnyg writes:

My point is you don't fire Dooley JUST TO FIRE HIM.

Ths next HC is he most important decision UT will make in decades and you have to do it right.

You'd better have a darn good HC...This has to be a very strong hire or else keep Dooley until you've got the right guy.

ULTIMATEVOLUNTEER writes:

Can't be more wrong. Bray and the offense have done more than their share this year. Consistently. TN has scored enough to win virtually every game. The Defense has to make stops more regularly and make a couple of big plays. That's it.

LovinMyVols writes:

Good Lord...I can't believe that I am apprehensive about a Vandy game. How did the administration of this University EVER let it come to this? Someone has been asleep at the wheel for sure (Jimmy? Joe? Hello???).

Vandy...a 3 and a half point favorite. Very Sad.

To the men in Orange: Carry it to them hard for 60 minutes...Do not let up...No mental mistakes...Be in position. We believe in you! Next year we will find some leadership somewhere for you, but today...FIGHT!

6972 writes:

If we lose against Vandy, we can play in the first annual Flag Football Bowl to be held in Podunk Hollow,Alabama.

bierbrewer writes:

It's a sad day to be a Vol. 3 pts dogs to Vandy. I hate this administration. To hell with them all!

DavidB writes:

One major problem we have this year is that we dont get our 2nd and 3rd string enough to start building them for next year. The reason we dont get them in is because we cant build up enough of lead to seal a game early. There were games this year we should have blown out our opponent and got our starters (on offense) off the field so that the younger guys could start getting actual game time. This holds especially true at QB. The defensive side of the ball is why we havent been able to do that. We could score 60 and still lose a game and that is really scary.

I am proud of the offensive team UT has produced this year. Big improvement over last year. I do think to keep the defense off the field we are going to have to run the ball a lot more today than we have all season.

vol98champ writes:

Almost every analyst I have heard this week says that Tennessee will find a way to lose a close game. For over 60 years I have always thought the Vols would find a way to win. Please someone tell me help is on the way.

Vol_in_Mich writes:

Wife said Vols would win. She said A&M would beat Bama last week & she's a Bammer. She's also lies sometimes.
Some Gators said a while back that the Vols were not "Rivals" you had to win once in a while to be a Rival, I see their point. I'm afraid Vandy is going to become the Vols rival today. Vandy on the way up, Vols still on the way down. Sad!

GBO - Wait Till Year After Next!

bigdaddy37821 writes:

If UT gets a good lead Bray will look like johnny superstar. If UT falls behind Bray will show us capt choke master. A great coach can help him stay in control at all times.

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