KNOXVILLE - Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray said his tweet about “bandwagon fans” after the Vols’ loss to Mississippi State on Saturday night was written out of frustration.
When the team’s plane landed in Knoxville Sunday morning, Bray saw that the tweet “blew up” and quickly deleted it. By then, it had already been retweeted hundreds of times.
Bray said the tweet was prompted by negative messages he received on social media after the game.
"It's hard because you put your heart out there and then go on your Twitter and see the hate mail. You want to react, but you can’t,” Bray said. “I was just frustrated at the time. It’s been two weeks in a row that we could have won, and it’s frustrating.”
Bray returned to practice Tuesday after using Monday to rest an injured knee that affected him during much of the second half against Mississippi State.
Bray said he would practice the rest of the week and play against No. 1 Alabama on Saturday (TV: ESPN, 7 p.m.)
Head coach Derek Dooley said anyone questioning Bray’s toughness “is out of their mind.”
Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/TennesseeBeat.