That same question could be asked of other juniors, like receivers Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson, who will also have a chance to leave early for the NFL. But for Bray, the question is more intriguing because of the muddled legacy he would leave at Tennessee.
"We play Kentucky on Saturday," Bray said to the first of three questions that tried to get a read on his future. "That's all I'm worried about."
Could Tennessee's new coach affect his NFL plans?
"We've got Kentucky," Bray said. "That's all I'm going to say."
The Vols (4-7, 0-7 SEC) and Wildcats (2-9, 0-7) meet on Saturday (TV: WVLT, 12:21 p.m.) in a battle of winless teams in conference with a lame-duck (Joker Phillips) and interim ( Jim Chaney) coach.
Because the game has no postseason implications, most of the storylines have focused on the UT seniors playing their final game and the juniors who might be.
Hunter and Patterson haven't commented about the possibility of going pro, but both are considered potential first-round picks who are very likely to leave. Offensive tackle Ja'Wuan James could also leave early depending on the feedback from his NFL evaluation.
But most of the mystery surrounds Bray, whose entire family will be in town from California to watch the season finale.
During a three-week span, he put up numbers that would be the envy of any quarterback in the nation — 1,302 yards, 13 touchdowns, just one interception. Then came last Saturday's game at Vanderbilt. Bray looked like a different quarterback. Benched in the second quarter to "settle down," Bray completed only 11 of 29 passes and threw two interceptions in one of the worst games of his career.
That's not the impression that Bray wants to leave for NFL scouts, so Saturday's game against Kentucky is important. But his track record against the Wildcats isn't very good. Bray was only 15-for-38 last year in the Vols' 10-7 loss to Kentucky that snapped a 26-game winning streak in the series.
Bray said last year's Kentucky game and last week's Vandy game are comparable.
"We got handled (against Kentucky), just like last week," Bray said. "We didn't execute, and it showed."
Bray said he wasn't bitter about his benching. Chaney said he suggested the move and Derek Dooley backed it.
"I wasn't producing," Bray said. "That's that."
Chaney will be on the sidelines rather than the press box Saturday for the first time in Bray's career, but Bray said the change isn't a big deal. Instead of talking to Chaney on the phone, he'll do so in person.
Dooley's dismissal on Sunday, he acknowledged, wasn't a surprise.
"You can't get too bent out of shape with who's the head coach," Bray said.
"Everyone knew it was going to come at some point with all of the media attention. We don't care who's our coach. Coach Dooley did a great job, I'd like to thank him for the three years. Coach Chaney's going to step in and we are going to get this win."
Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/TennesseeBeat.
Bray 2012 timeline
July 21 — Bray represents the Vols at SEC Media Days in Hoover, Ala. “He’s our quarterback, and he’s the face of our offense,” coach Derek Dooley says. “He needs to understand what it’s like to stand in front of all these cameras and be accountable to you guys just like he’s accountable to the team.”
July 25 — Police announce that Bray has offered to pay for damages and will face no charges in connection with a vandalism incident at his apartment complex.
Aug. 8 — Bray reached an agreement to resolve a charge of reckless operation of a watercraft stemming from an incident July 4 at Tellico Lake.
Oct. 13 — After a loss to Mississippi State, Bray sends a tweet that says: We got some bandwagon fans. Hopefully my (apartment) isn’t egged.” He later apologizes.
Oct. 20 — Bray completes only 13 of 27 passes and throws two interceptions in Tennessee’s 44-13 loss to Alabama. He doesn’t talk to reporters after the game.
Oct. 22 — Dooley says Bray could be benched if he doesn’t cut down on his interceptions. He also criticizes the quarterback for failing to speak to the media, telling him to “man up.”
Nov. 3 — Bray throws for a school-record 530 yards in a 55-48 victory over Troy.
Nov. 17 — Bray is benched in the second quarter at Vanderbilt. He finishes with a season-low 103 yards on 11-of-29 passing. He also threw two interceptions.