Tyler Bray says 'bandwagon' comment was response to hateful tweets

Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray (8) leaves the field after Mississippi State defeated the Vols 41-31 at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray (8) leaves the field after Mississippi State defeated the Vols 41-31 at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

Dooley: 'Passionate fan base' has expectations of results

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.

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15_counting writes:

“I was just frustrated at the time. It’s been two weeks in a row that we could have won, and it’s frustrating.”

Well maybe knowing up front this week that you don't have a chance will make it a little easier!

FrostyVol writes:

Tyler - haters gonna hate. That's what they do. So ignore the idiots. If that's not possible, close your twitter account. There are way more real fans out here who support you no matter what and who are grateful that you chose to come to Tennessee.

navarrebeachvol writes:

in response to 15_counting:

“I was just frustrated at the time. It’s been two weeks in a row that we could have won, and it’s frustrating.”

Well maybe knowing up front this week that you don't have a chance will make it a little easier!

don't you have a mullet to comb? get a life. get a job.

signalcorps writes:

what did he say,,can't be good if this guy said it......

smokysbark writes:

I don't think anyone questions whether he puts his heart out there on the game day ... I do, however, have HUGE questions about whether he puts his heart into the film room! Learn to read the defense Bray! You can only do that by watching hour after hour of game film on your opponent and voila! Hey coach, they're lined up just like I saw on film! Ugh ... please get serious about how you approach the next game when you go to work on Monday thru Friday ... not just on Saturday at noon.

TrouserCough writes:

Hateful tweets from the people whos cars he vandalized with beer bottles and golf balls.

pj_ladyvolnMI writes:

in response to FrostyVol:

Tyler - haters gonna hate. That's what they do. So ignore the idiots. If that's not possible, close your twitter account. There are way more real fans out here who support you no matter what and who are grateful that you chose to come to Tennessee.

Agree. I wish the idiots weren't the loudest, but they are. Tyler, there are more of us who know you lay your heart out there, see the results, and appreciate it tremendously. You are appreciated and we look forward to the rest of the season! Thanks so much for being a Vol!

cgbtn writes:

Tyler needs to understand there are fans whose whole life and manhood depends on how he plays. They say, " 'We're' going to kick MSU's butt." When the team loses, their Walter Mitty lives are crushed. They hate Tyler because they are now no longer "big men." Of course, they themselves probably were not good enough to play pee-wee ball.

killdevil writes:

Got a word of advice for you Bray-you want everyone to keep up with _you___ on twitter. Well turn the dang thing off on and quit worrying what everyone says about YOU. Play for your team-time to develop the chemistry between YOU and your teammates. Facebook and twitter what a bunch trash-you got in the kitchen Bray-now deal with the heat-it will make you leader I KNOW YOU CAN BE!!!!! BEAT BAMA___heck no ----GO OUT AND DEMOLISH THEM----Play like your hair is on fire, DL especially MO and Sentimore!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. DONT LET UP UNTIL IT SAYS 00:00:00 on the clock and 4th qtr. I dont care if you guys are up 100, think like Coach Lombardi and pour it on. Start acting like the Volunteers who manned the wall of the Alamo. Stand up and fight against all odds-adversity what ever, heck fight for the STATE OF TENNESSEE.Tired of all the whining I'm ready for
the game now-coach can I dress out? I'm ready to go.gggooo >>>>>oooooooolllllsssss.
OL- pound the rock!!!!! until the rock is dust. UP the Middle, to the left or to the right it dont matter get it done. UT FANS QUIT USING YOUR HANDS AS BUTT MATTs-that means you folks who sit in the elite seats tooo. Your not to good to get up and start yelling for the MEN in orange...
I'm KILLDEVIL and I approve this message.

15_counting writes:

in response to navarrebeachvol:

don't you have a mullet to comb? get a life. get a job.

Your always preaching "don't take the troll bait" and you the first one on the hook every time!

If Bray can't handle a little "tweet pressure" he's in trouble Saturday night with Bama's defense!

It's time this kid grew up a little bit! Guess he's too far from mamma's udder!

Snapshot writes:

in response to 15_counting:

“I was just frustrated at the time. It’s been two weeks in a row that we could have won, and it’s frustrating.”

Well maybe knowing up front this week that you don't have a chance will make it a little easier!

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15_counting writes:

in response to Snapshot:

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Nope! Been painting rocks this week!

usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it writes:

in response to killdevil:

Got a word of advice for you Bray-you want everyone to keep up with _you___ on twitter. Well turn the dang thing off on and quit worrying what everyone says about YOU. Play for your team-time to develop the chemistry between YOU and your teammates. Facebook and twitter what a bunch trash-you got in the kitchen Bray-now deal with the heat-it will make you leader I KNOW YOU CAN BE!!!!! BEAT BAMA___heck no ----GO OUT AND DEMOLISH THEM----Play like your hair is on fire, DL especially MO and Sentimore!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. DONT LET UP UNTIL IT SAYS 00:00:00 on the clock and 4th qtr. I dont care if you guys are up 100, think like Coach Lombardi and pour it on. Start acting like the Volunteers who manned the wall of the Alamo. Stand up and fight against all odds-adversity what ever, heck fight for the STATE OF TENNESSEE.Tired of all the whining I'm ready for
the game now-coach can I dress out? I'm ready to go.gggooo >>>>>oooooooolllllsssss.
OL- pound the rock!!!!! until the rock is dust. UP the Middle, to the left or to the right it dont matter get it done. UT FANS QUIT USING YOUR HANDS AS BUTT MATTs-that means you folks who sit in the elite seats tooo. Your not to good to get up and start yelling for the MEN in orange...
I'm KILLDEVIL and I approve this message.

Ok...let's try to limit it to JUST 3 cans of Rock Star Lemonade a day...

usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it writes:

in response to 15_counting:

Your always preaching "don't take the troll bait" and you the first one on the hook every time!

If Bray can't handle a little "tweet pressure" he's in trouble Saturday night with Bama's defense!

It's time this kid grew up a little bit! Guess he's too far from mamma's udder!

If only OUR players' payroll was as much as all the other teams' coaching staffs....

usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it writes:

in response to cgbtn:

Tyler needs to understand there are fans whose whole life and manhood depends on how he plays. They say, " 'We're' going to kick MSU's butt." When the team loses, their Walter Mitty lives are crushed. They hate Tyler because they are now no longer "big men." Of course, they themselves probably were not good enough to play pee-wee ball.

That pretty much sums it all up... great post.

orangecountyvols writes:

Tyler, and Vols,

Thank you sir. Now you see what we have to put up with here on this sorry site. The gripers and whiners such as Jeff, Volszfan, and Merlot, along with the trolls, who do this every day are pretty good examples of the jerks who messed with you. Of course, none of them are capable of doing so in person.........cowards and frauds as Naval Oranges correctly illustrates.

Tyler, we know you and the team don't like it any more than the real Vol fans. The jerks don't play the game, probably never played anything. All you can do is give it your best shot........we can clearly see you and the guys are fighting and IMO that makes you a man.

FLVOL_79 writes:

Don't blame the kid..blame the coach(es)

gatorhator4eva writes:

this team has the talent to beat alabama and they know it. they just need to get all the pieces together. defense does not look so good right now but dooley fixed offense in couple weeks. i think this team comes out scratachin kickin and fightin come saturday

VolsUpsetYetAnother writes:

Tweet This!!! These kids today have no clue. Tweeter, Facebook, come on... Who gives a rats arse what someone is doing/saying 24/7? It's nothing but "social Acceptance" and "Cyber superiority" that they are striving for! Sad thing is...adults are doing it too... and you know who you are... May not be the proper platform to share this with my fellow Vol supporters; but I know some of you see it too...

usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it writes:

in response to orangecountyvols:

Tyler, and Vols,

Thank you sir. Now you see what we have to put up with here on this sorry site. The gripers and whiners such as Jeff, Volszfan, and Merlot, along with the trolls, who do this every day are pretty good examples of the jerks who messed with you. Of course, none of them are capable of doing so in person.........cowards and frauds as Naval Oranges correctly illustrates.

Tyler, we know you and the team don't like it any more than the real Vol fans. The jerks don't play the game, probably never played anything. All you can do is give it your best shot........we can clearly see you and the guys are fighting and IMO that makes you a man.

cosign.

VOLinATL writes:

When you open yourself up to this by having a Twitter account, you kinda should expect this. Not saying it's right, of course, but either get a tougher skin or close the account.

TooDlems writes:

in response to usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it:

If only OUR players' payroll was as much as all the other teams' coaching staffs....

Since you're still getting paid come off the hip and make it happen.

15_counting writes:

in response to usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it:

If only OUR players' payroll was as much as all the other teams' coaching staffs....

If your COACHING STAFFS payroll was as much as all the coaches your still paying that are no longer on the staff...

tnseamstress writes:

in response to FrostyVol:

Tyler - haters gonna hate. That's what they do. So ignore the idiots. If that's not possible, close your twitter account. There are way more real fans out here who support you no matter what and who are grateful that you chose to come to Tennessee.

Well said.

DukeDeLuca2 writes:

Seems to me that Bray was right on target.

I've been a season ticket holder off and on for four decades (I moved away for a few years).

My degree is from UT.

I've never seen so many fickle, shallow fans in all my life. I used to think that Florida fans were the worst in the SEC. Without a doubt, our fans have beaten them out for that title.

We're now The Big Orange Bandwagon Nation.

MikeNPS writes:

While I may be disappointed with the team's performance, I would NEVER send negative messages to a player. That is totally classless and can only hurt in the recruiting of good players in future years.

MikeNPS writes:

in response to 15_counting:

Your always preaching "don't take the troll bait" and you the first one on the hook every time!

If Bray can't handle a little "tweet pressure" he's in trouble Saturday night with Bama's defense!

It's time this kid grew up a little bit! Guess he's too far from mamma's udder!

Most fans are strong supporters of their teams, but the few fans who send nasty messages to players are, in my opinion, low class garbage.

UTistheOLEMISSoftheEAST writes:

What a clown this kid is. A cancer to a team. Will cost him dearly in the draft.

Ryan Leaf Part II

EIGHT

asm2008 writes:

if the players dont respect the coaches, and the coaches try to call plays that the players like, there is NO team in the country that wins with that chemistry. either we all get on the same page and have a gameplan, or we continue to "wing it" and lose.
Gameplan against Alabama:
1st: quick slant or check down to RB
2nd: run the ball
3rd: screen or an out at the marker
Fulmer was king at moving the chains. Boring to watch, but effective. If we dont keep sabans offense off the field and milk the clock, we get killed. slow the game down, dont look for the BIG plays. Bray, Hunter, CP all love the Homerun plays, and our coaches continue to allow it. of course take your shots, but that shouldnt be a thought until we set the tone of the game.
Hope someone inside the program reads this and gets it before Saturday night.
Proud to be in Orange with the rest of you!!!

Vo2Vol writes:

If a fan wants to beat up on a player, then they need to beat up on those that are paid for a living. These guys are student-athletes and there is no person on this blog qualified to question their effort. The results are visibile for all to see and yes we do not always like them, but unless you are on the sideline and on the practice field everyday then no one here should be going after players. It is not okay.

ccjensen writes:

cgbtn writes:
Tyler needs to understand there are fans whose whole life and manhood depends on how he plays. They say, " 'We're' going to kick MSU's butt." When the team loses, their Walter Mitty lives are crushed. They hate Tyler because they are now no longer "big men." Of course, they themselves probably were not good enough to play pee-wee ball.
...........
Ouch, I'll bet the haters felt that one. Haters have to wear a pair of those blinders horses wear, because when a hater walks by a mirror, they fear they'll catch an ugly glimpse.

I wish the haters would grow up and get a life...if that's possible.

Ironcity writes:

in response to smokysbark:

I don't think anyone questions whether he puts his heart out there on the game day ... I do, however, have HUGE questions about whether he puts his heart into the film room! Learn to read the defense Bray! You can only do that by watching hour after hour of game film on your opponent and voila! Hey coach, they're lined up just like I saw on film! Ugh ... please get serious about how you approach the next game when you go to work on Monday thru Friday ... not just on Saturday at noon.

As usual fans take comments out of context (his comment after the UF game)and base entire opinions forever on that comment as long as it fits in with what they want to believe. In your case that T bray is not good for the team and that he doesn't care. I am sure you said the same things about Casey Clausen as well. The facts are he is always in the film room. He worked with his receivers daily all summer long. So much so that they use to talk about all the players from both offense and defense watching the match ups (back then we had three stud receivers). If putting time into film was all it took then their would be a lot of great QBs. T Bray is a great QB that quite frankly is not being coached up. I would ask the question why do we not have a QB coach? Our O coordinator and defacto QB coach is an ex line coach. Our receivers coach use to be the QB coach. Ask the questions why we never move our QB in the pocket? Why we don't move our star receivers into the slot to avoid doubles or get them matched up with safeties. Why our coaches ask our QB to throw the ball away instead of taking an extra second to find the secondary receivers. Ask why we never have a back in the flat as a safety valve? Ask why our QB is not allowed to change out of bad plays at the line of scrimmage instead of standing their looking at the sideline for 25 seconds. Ask why our defense can't hold any college football team under 30 points and any SEC teams under 40 points? Smokey you are focusing on the wrong people and the wrong issues. Lets fix what is wrong lets not try to complain about one of the few things that is actually good on this team.

navarrebeachvol writes:

in response to 15_counting:

Your always preaching "don't take the troll bait" and you the first one on the hook every time!

If Bray can't handle a little "tweet pressure" he's in trouble Saturday night with Bama's defense!

It's time this kid grew up a little bit! Guess he's too far from mamma's udder!

you have me mixed up with someone else. Doesn't surprise me, you do not seem particularly bright. I suppose you on the other hand, are still at home suckling on your mamma's teat while she brushes your mullet.

TNdependent writes:

There are a lot of bandwagon fans. He only speaks the truth.

pcshowtime writes:

in response to Ironcity:

As usual fans take comments out of context (his comment after the UF game)and base entire opinions forever on that comment as long as it fits in with what they want to believe. In your case that T bray is not good for the team and that he doesn't care. I am sure you said the same things about Casey Clausen as well. The facts are he is always in the film room. He worked with his receivers daily all summer long. So much so that they use to talk about all the players from both offense and defense watching the match ups (back then we had three stud receivers). If putting time into film was all it took then their would be a lot of great QBs. T Bray is a great QB that quite frankly is not being coached up. I would ask the question why do we not have a QB coach? Our O coordinator and defacto QB coach is an ex line coach. Our receivers coach use to be the QB coach. Ask the questions why we never move our QB in the pocket? Why we don't move our star receivers into the slot to avoid doubles or get them matched up with safeties. Why our coaches ask our QB to throw the ball away instead of taking an extra second to find the secondary receivers. Ask why we never have a back in the flat as a safety valve? Ask why our QB is not allowed to change out of bad plays at the line of scrimmage instead of standing their looking at the sideline for 25 seconds. Ask why our defense can't hold any college football team under 30 points and any SEC teams under 40 points? Smokey you are focusing on the wrong people and the wrong issues. Lets fix what is wrong lets not try to complain about one of the few things that is actually good on this team.

Agree 150% I would venture to say if David Cutcliffe coached this young man the last three years. He would be the number one draft pick this spring if he choose to come out.

smokysbark writes:

I was reading through Dooley's press transcript from yesterday (UTSports.com) and he said something interesting that I can't recall ever hearing him say.

He was asked about the "stature" of the defense and his (paraphrased) response was that they went hard after offensive players in recruiting and it paid off. They have about 9 legitimate SEC starters on offense and are getting better. He said they dropped the ball on defense. In his estimation, there are 2-3 SEC starters on defense and the staff will make that the priority.

Just throwing that out there ...

smokysbark writes:

in response to Ironcity:

As usual fans take comments out of context (his comment after the UF game)and base entire opinions forever on that comment as long as it fits in with what they want to believe. In your case that T bray is not good for the team and that he doesn't care. I am sure you said the same things about Casey Clausen as well. The facts are he is always in the film room. He worked with his receivers daily all summer long. So much so that they use to talk about all the players from both offense and defense watching the match ups (back then we had three stud receivers). If putting time into film was all it took then their would be a lot of great QBs. T Bray is a great QB that quite frankly is not being coached up. I would ask the question why do we not have a QB coach? Our O coordinator and defacto QB coach is an ex line coach. Our receivers coach use to be the QB coach. Ask the questions why we never move our QB in the pocket? Why we don't move our star receivers into the slot to avoid doubles or get them matched up with safeties. Why our coaches ask our QB to throw the ball away instead of taking an extra second to find the secondary receivers. Ask why we never have a back in the flat as a safety valve? Ask why our QB is not allowed to change out of bad plays at the line of scrimmage instead of standing their looking at the sideline for 25 seconds. Ask why our defense can't hold any college football team under 30 points and any SEC teams under 40 points? Smokey you are focusing on the wrong people and the wrong issues. Lets fix what is wrong lets not try to complain about one of the few things that is actually good on this team.

I don't disagree with ANY of those things you pointed out ... not at all. I think those are all issues that are obvious to serious watchers of the game and because fans of the game can pick out so many shortfalls it makes it worrisome. I do not, however, think that Bray is able to read the defense yet. I just can't see it. Good post, btw ...

smokysbark writes:

in response to Ironcity:

As usual fans take comments out of context (his comment after the UF game)and base entire opinions forever on that comment as long as it fits in with what they want to believe. In your case that T bray is not good for the team and that he doesn't care. I am sure you said the same things about Casey Clausen as well. The facts are he is always in the film room. He worked with his receivers daily all summer long. So much so that they use to talk about all the players from both offense and defense watching the match ups (back then we had three stud receivers). If putting time into film was all it took then their would be a lot of great QBs. T Bray is a great QB that quite frankly is not being coached up. I would ask the question why do we not have a QB coach? Our O coordinator and defacto QB coach is an ex line coach. Our receivers coach use to be the QB coach. Ask the questions why we never move our QB in the pocket? Why we don't move our star receivers into the slot to avoid doubles or get them matched up with safeties. Why our coaches ask our QB to throw the ball away instead of taking an extra second to find the secondary receivers. Ask why we never have a back in the flat as a safety valve? Ask why our QB is not allowed to change out of bad plays at the line of scrimmage instead of standing their looking at the sideline for 25 seconds. Ask why our defense can't hold any college football team under 30 points and any SEC teams under 40 points? Smokey you are focusing on the wrong people and the wrong issues. Lets fix what is wrong lets not try to complain about one of the few things that is actually good on this team.

Just to clarify ... I never said Bray was bad for the team. My frustration is that he IS so talented and just doesnt' seem to be playing to his potential. But you make good points.

MrsMopar writes:

Remember the days when there was no "social media" and people could go about their lives without having to listen to the hate and disrespectful comments??

So it's ok for others to say hateful nasty things but when the guy stands up for himself, or answers out of anger, he's the bad guy again?

I swear, Vol's fans confuse the heck out of me...I can't imagine being a player for goodness sakes...

It's so easy to be an armchair QB people. Let the boys play the game and get their education...it's about the education first!

Rep1723 writes:

in response to DukeDeLuca2:

Seems to me that Bray was right on target.

I've been a season ticket holder off and on for four decades (I moved away for a few years).

My degree is from UT.

I've never seen so many fickle, shallow fans in all my life. I used to think that Florida fans were the worst in the SEC. Without a doubt, our fans have beaten them out for that title.

We're now The Big Orange Bandwagon Nation.

Well at least you found something you can beat Florida at.....

jdogg44 writes:

Even if we'd have beaten Miss St. that in no way would have got us over ANY literal or figurative hump.

During Lane Kiffen's year we still beat Georgia AND South Carolina with what was being called a bare cupboard.

Now with Kiffen's QB and Dooley's Defense, we'd make a pretty good team in the ACC or maybe the PAC 12.

When there is ANY talk of getting a "signature" win or winning a statement game by beating Miss St. it is just another sign of how far we've fallen as a program. Miss. St will lose a minimum of 3 games to BAMA, LSU and Ark and might lose the egg bowl. (They're THAT bad) we just made them look good just like we made Georgia look like they had a pair of Heisman trophy winners as their running backs before a solid South Carolina defense exposed them.

GBO and BEAT BAMA!!!!!

Central_IL_Vol writes:

in response to 15_counting:

“I was just frustrated at the time. It’s been two weeks in a row that we could have won, and it’s frustrating.”

Well maybe knowing up front this week that you don't have a chance will make it a little easier!

Looking forward to laughing my arse off at the filthy, classless, inbred, uneducated mullet-sporting, toothless, tampon-colored clothing wearing hillbilly MORONS from Bammer that will stink up the state of Tennessee this weekend. There is no more disgusting group as the Bammer Moron Nation!

Central_IL_Vol writes:

in response to 15_counting:

Your always preaching "don't take the troll bait" and you the first one on the hook every time!

If Bray can't handle a little "tweet pressure" he's in trouble Saturday night with Bama's defense!

It's time this kid grew up a little bit! Guess he's too far from mamma's udder!

Isnt it time for you and your sister/wife to grow up and move out of your mamma's double wide into your own D/W mansion?

Central_IL_Vol writes:

in response to 15_counting:

If your COACHING STAFFS payroll was as much as all the coaches your still paying that are no longer on the staff...

Hey MORON,

When are you graduating from 3rd grade and marrying your sister?

Central_IL_Vol writes:

in response to navarrebeachvol:

you have me mixed up with someone else. Doesn't surprise me, you do not seem particularly bright. I suppose you on the other hand, are still at home suckling on your mamma's teat while she brushes your mullet.

14 years of age is too stupid to know what a "teat" is!

mlynn1 writes:

in response to 15_counting:

If your COACHING STAFFS payroll was as much as all the coaches your still paying that are no longer on the staff...

You should know, Alabama was there before Saban.

rclarkvols#224537 writes:

I just wish that once before he leaves Tyler would consider running for positive yardage instead of just throwing the ball away. Many times the field in front of him has been wide open for him to run for a first down but he just won't do it.

mlynn1 writes:

in response to 15_counting:

If your COACHING STAFFS payroll was as much as all the coaches your still paying that are no longer on the staff...

Also smart___, at least Tennessee has never had to fire a coach before he even coached a single game!

vq4nfo writes:

UT has a QB that needs to grow up quick if he plans to play professional some day. Third year and bothered by tweets? Sounds like an excuse T O would use.
CDD preaches that the players should not follow social media during the season.

TooDlems writes:

in response to vq4nfo:

UT has a QB that needs to grow up quick if he plans to play professional some day. Third year and bothered by tweets? Sounds like an excuse T O would use.
CDD preaches that the players should not follow social media during the season.

That's what I've been saying, got a cannon for an arm and a cannon ball in his helmet.

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