Quarterback Tyler Bray selects agent Don Yee

Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray (8) leaves the field with teammates Antonio Richardson (74), back, and Alex Bullard (78), right, after the Volunteers 38-35 loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C., Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray (8) leaves the field with teammates Antonio Richardson (74), back, and Alex Bullard (78), right, after the Volunteers 38-35 loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C., Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray has signed with an agent, ending any possibility of a return to Knoxville for his senior season.

Jeff Bray, the quarterback's father, told WNML host Jimmy Hyams that his son had signed with Los Angeles-based agent Don Yee, who also represents Tom Brady. Reports first emerged two weeks ago that Bray would forgo his final season to enter the NFL draft, although Bray's family had not officially confirmed the news until this week. Yee's office did not return a call for comment.

Draft projections vary for Bray. Most recently, NFL analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said he could see Bray going in the second or third round. Receivers Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson also are leaving for pro football. Hunter announced his decision on Twitter, while new coach Butch Jones has said he doesn't expect Patterson to return.

Bray would leave Tennessee in fourth place all-time in passing touchdowns (69) and passing yards (7,444) and fifth in pass completions (540). He is immediately behind Erik Ainge in all three categories. In 2012, Bray completed 268 of 451 passes for 3,612 yards, an average of 301 per game. He threw 34 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

Without Bray, the Vols enter spring practice with only two scholarship quarterbacks — rising junior Justin Worley and Nathan Peterman, who redshirted as a freshman in 2012. Riley Ferguson of Matthews, N.C., is verbally committed to the Vols and is expected to sign in February and join the team in the summer.

Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/TennesseeBeat.

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volbil09 writes:

glad he is gone

huntined#565710 writes:

Don't blame him I wish him well..

rockypop writes:

Tyler Bray and Tennessee has been an uncomfortable relationship from the get-go. He didn't get many big time offers out of high school, except maybe USC, where he would have been a third string QB. And, with Lane Kiffin as coach, UT seemed like a good choice.

His three years at Tennessee have been mercurial at best. He and Dooley obviously clashed, and there's no reason to think he would have enhanced his draft position under a new system if he had stayed.

The guy's no Peyton Manning, and for all his talent and accomplishments, he'll be leaving UT with little love lost among fans because of his immaturity, recklessness, and inconsistency. However, without him, it's hard to imagine how bad things could have been.

Because he's now a former Vol, I think all UT fans would wish him well, and hope that in his new career, he'll represent the university and himself with class and a passionate work ethic.

volfan1954 writes:

in response to titletownz:

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Well,well...you're back. Didn't think we'd see for a while after Wednesday night's beatdown.

volipop3#328757 writes:

Good for you Tyler, oh and Thank You. Now we can start winning again.

ashvol7 writes:

in response to volbil09:

glad he is gone

Hope he shows better leadership in the NFL than he did at UT. If he doesn't he won't be there long. He really needs to grow up. Great arm and no brains. I honestly don't think he is ready for the NFL. Hope he doesn't try the pouting act, that want fly with the coaches for very long. Good luck to you, Tyler.

cltvol writes:

in response to rockypop:

Tyler Bray and Tennessee has been an uncomfortable relationship from the get-go. He didn't get many big time offers out of high school, except maybe USC, where he would have been a third string QB. And, with Lane Kiffin as coach, UT seemed like a good choice.

His three years at Tennessee have been mercurial at best. He and Dooley obviously clashed, and there's no reason to think he would have enhanced his draft position under a new system if he had stayed.

The guy's no Peyton Manning, and for all his talent and accomplishments, he'll be leaving UT with little love lost among fans because of his immaturity, recklessness, and inconsistency. However, without him, it's hard to imagine how bad things could have been.

Because he's now a former Vol, I think all UT fans would wish him well, and hope that in his new career, he'll represent the university and himself with class and a passionate work ethic.

Well said, although if our defense was slightly above average, decent we would have had a great year in 2012. Hope he does great in NFL.

creekroad writes:

Whether he had stayed or leaves he has started his last game in football.....the guy has a great arm, but is pure poison in terms of TEAM.....no way to move forward if he is on the team

traderjoe writes:

He'll make a good Raider.

lemme_axya_this writes:

in response to titletownz:

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He won't be "poor" much longer. Maybe he'll pay Leak or Woeful to mow his yard soon, or Palmer or Dean..

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to titletownz:

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How bout them Cardinals!!

MD_Vol writes:

He was in a tough position: Definitely not ready for the NFL but there's no way he could have enjoyed his 3 years at UT and he probably wouldn't have benefited with an extra year in a new system and new receivers. So, Tyler, take whatever $$$ you can get, work on your game and good luck at the next level.

Tru138 writes:

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lstbodeanvol writes:

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" we hardly knew ye" yep thats what NFL fans say about gator QB's of course Spurrier made the best NFL follies as a Tampa Bay QB lol now go get your cardinal sugar bowl shirt :)

lomas98 writes:

in response to cltvol:

Well said, although if our defense was slightly above average, decent we would have had a great year in 2012. Hope he does great in NFL.

While the defense certainly struggled, the offense had chances to win games and bray could not deliver the winning plays against good teams. Georgia, South Carolina, Missouri were winnable games with some clutch leadership. Kentucky last year as well. Brays most clutch plays were against Troy. He is a very talented player, but I really think the offense can be better in getting wins without him. Without the receivers coming back, that is a different story.

Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor say easy to see who played sports by their comments and the "hate" bray ones that played with dolls in their moms closet.
Bones never lie.

2Geezy writes:

Now its the 2010 Gatorade National Football Player of the Year's turn.

NGage writes:

in response to rockypop:

Tyler Bray and Tennessee has been an uncomfortable relationship from the get-go. He didn't get many big time offers out of high school, except maybe USC, where he would have been a third string QB. And, with Lane Kiffin as coach, UT seemed like a good choice.

His three years at Tennessee have been mercurial at best. He and Dooley obviously clashed, and there's no reason to think he would have enhanced his draft position under a new system if he had stayed.

The guy's no Peyton Manning, and for all his talent and accomplishments, he'll be leaving UT with little love lost among fans because of his immaturity, recklessness, and inconsistency. However, without him, it's hard to imagine how bad things could have been.

Because he's now a former Vol, I think all UT fans would wish him well, and hope that in his new career, he'll represent the university and himself with class and a passionate work ethic.

You got it exactly correct.

volfan1954 writes:

in response to titletownz:

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I wouldn't be bragging about your fine, upstanding Gators after reading this article....

http://www.gainesville.com/article/20...

21 arrests, 5 citations, 2 sworn complaints, 2 legal brushes resulting in no arrests, 4 former Gators arrested after leaving the program.....And that was just under Meyer.

redskinvol1 writes:

Raiders in the 6th round.

ULTIMATEVOLUNTEER writes:

in response to titletownz:

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Grow up please. What does a university have to do with something that happens after someone is gone from there? There's no connection.

Ironcity writes:

in response to rockypop:

Tyler Bray and Tennessee has been an uncomfortable relationship from the get-go. He didn't get many big time offers out of high school, except maybe USC, where he would have been a third string QB. And, with Lane Kiffin as coach, UT seemed like a good choice.

His three years at Tennessee have been mercurial at best. He and Dooley obviously clashed, and there's no reason to think he would have enhanced his draft position under a new system if he had stayed.

The guy's no Peyton Manning, and for all his talent and accomplishments, he'll be leaving UT with little love lost among fans because of his immaturity, recklessness, and inconsistency. However, without him, it's hard to imagine how bad things could have been.

Because he's now a former Vol, I think all UT fans would wish him well, and hope that in his new career, he'll represent the university and himself with class and a passionate work ethic.

Well said. One has to wonder how well he would have looked in the fans eyes if he had played anytime the previous 30 years. Dooley will go down as the worst coach in history and unfortunately for Bray he had to see it first hand. I think he could have a good career with some solid coaching and the right situation.

snowpeapod#263184 writes:

I don't wish the young man any bad will I just hope he enjoys standing on the sideline holding a clipboard.

cloudodust writes:

Best of luck to all Vols taking the Early Out option..$ To those that are sticking around, thanks...

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to titletownz:

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Witch Doctor say exactly! Witch Doctor say our REAL base should be lambasting and hitting the "Suggest Removal" on these retarded comments by ex-boy cheerleaders...Florida is not the enemy, its some of our DA fans have never played or understand "Sports" other than its something to whine about...lol
Bones never lie.

rb4346 writes:

I wish Tyler Bray nothing but the best, I supported him as a Vol and hope the best for him in the NFL. But to be truthful I think he needs to mature before he will be a good quarterback in the NFL.

cloudodust writes:

in response to titletownz:

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Hmmm, my guess is one day, you'll find a Sugar Bowl of happiness.

Witch_Doctors writes:

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Witch Doctor say until Hart cleans out the AD dept. we own the market. Hart do your job!
Bones never lie.

FWBVol writes:

Like Bray or not, the kid walked into a no win situation. The coach that recruited and signed him as an early enrollee, Kiffin, bolted for Southern Cal before Bray attended his first class at UT.

Both his freshman and sophomore years the best receiver on the team (Gerald Jones in 2010 and Justin Hunter in 2011) missed large parts of the season because of injury. And then Bray gets hurt last year.

The offense Bray quarterbacked this year scored enough points to win at least nine games if we would have had an average defense.

Yes, Bray had some maturity problems, but probably no more than many young men in college or kids his age period. Physically, he had perhaps the strongest arm of any quarterback to play for the Vols.

When he was good, he was very good. Unfortunately for Bray, he was never good in the games we care about the most; Florida, Georgia, Alabama....

VolFanInTheBoro (Inactive) writes:

in response to titletownz:

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you have it cornered

volbil09 writes:

in response to ashvol7:

Hope he shows better leadership in the NFL than he did at UT. If he doesn't he won't be there long. He really needs to grow up. Great arm and no brains. I honestly don't think he is ready for the NFL. Hope he doesn't try the pouting act, that want fly with the coaches for very long. Good luck to you, Tyler.

couldn't have said it better myself, great talent, but no discipline, heart or dedication. He is a disgrace to the #8 vol jersey. If Andy Kelly had his talent he would he would have been a hall of fame nfl Qb.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to volbil09:

couldn't have said it better myself, great talent, but no discipline, heart or dedication. He is a disgrace to the #8 vol jersey. If Andy Kelly had his talent he would he would have been a hall of fame nfl Qb.

Witch Doctor ask you been watching sports long? Geez how stupid a comment..hahaha. Witch Doctor guess you one of the dummies saying Foster wouldnt make in the NFL too. Go away retarded bill
Bones never lie.

BillsBrother writes:

in response to titletownz:

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So you really don't know much about football...

GloryDays writes:

Who has Tyler Bray beat? He has a strong arm, no mobility, can't read defenses. Good luck Tyler, 3rd or 4th round pick?

jt45 writes:

in response to lomas98:

While the defense certainly struggled, the offense had chances to win games and bray could not deliver the winning plays against good teams. Georgia, South Carolina, Missouri were winnable games with some clutch leadership. Kentucky last year as well. Brays most clutch plays were against Troy. He is a very talented player, but I really think the offense can be better in getting wins without him. Without the receivers coming back, that is a different story.

A better coach would have helped Bray reach another level, I think he did a good job at UT and had he had a better coach and a better defense I really think it would have changed many of those games and the overall opinions
that followed.There were moments of excellence in his UT career as well as moments of just plain bad.

At any rate I wish him the very best in the NFL and hope time and better coaching helps him mature into a good pro QB.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to jt45:

A better coach would have helped Bray reach another level, I think he did a good job at UT and had he had a better coach and a better defense I really think it would have changed many of those games and the overall opinions
that followed.There were moments of excellence in his UT career as well as moments of just plain bad.

At any rate I wish him the very best in the NFL and hope time and better coaching helps him mature into a good pro QB.

Witch Doctor agree and add when you HAVE to score 50 to win..its not the QB or offenses fault. Witch Doctor say this D was the worst in Tennessee history and nearly the SEC's all-time. Witch Doctor say Sal destroyed this season and should never be allowed to enter the state again.
Bones never lie.

VolsUpsetYetAnother writes:

Didn't read the article just the headline and wanted to say WHO CARES!!!

GloryDays writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor agree and add when you HAVE to score 50 to win..its not the QB or offenses fault. Witch Doctor say this D was the worst in Tennessee history and nearly the SEC's all-time. Witch Doctor say Sal destroyed this season and should never be allowed to enter the state again.
Bones never lie.

Sal Suseri = Dave Clawson

Sunseri is the only coach dumber than Dooley.
I am sure glad the Vols didn't play Texas AM this year, Johny Football would have hung 100 on us.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to GloryDays:

Sal Suseri = Dave Clawson

Sunseri is the only coach dumber than Dooley.
I am sure glad the Vols didn't play Texas AM this year, Johny Football would have hung 100 on us.

Witch Doctor say Manning and Brady would have trouble winning with him at D cord. Witch Doctor say didnt we set a record for giving up the most 20+ yard TD's or something(?) Witch Doctor wish we had classes for some of our fans to take..geez we got some REALLY dumb ones if they are really real haha
Bones never lie.

jryevols#222657 writes:

It is my hearing that the Steelers will take Tyler in the second round.They have indicated that they need someone that can " throw" the games in the event that Rottenberger gets hurt

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to jryevols#222657:

It is my hearing that the Steelers will take Tyler in the second round.They have indicated that they need someone that can " throw" the games in the event that Rottenberger gets hurt

Witch Doctor say you did break/post "100% inside source" Gruden to Tennessee a couple weeks back so gosh you must know what youre talking about.hahaha
Bones never lie.

wayne.kearney#1414428 writes:

Who cares. Hope he makes enough holding a clipboard on the sidelines to pay for that agent.

VolFanInTheBoro (Inactive) writes:

in response to 9willbesofine:

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that sugar bowl beat down will hurt for a while
bwahahahaha

GburgOrange writes:

He may get picked in the third round, and maybe not. Lacks maturity and self control.

FanNotSheep writes:

I'd give Bray a gunslinger's shot at sticking in the NFL. He has the arm, needs maturing, would benefit from a team with a good offensive line and receivers. Hope he makes it, if for no other reason than to prove all the white socks-crew cut Jimmy Hyams disciples and UT haters wrong.

FanNotSheep writes:

Oh, and he is much better equipped (arm and brains) for the NFL than good ol' Heath Shuler, so saying yes ma'am and no sir is not a guarantee of making it on the next level.

GainesvilleVol1 writes:

He will hold a clipboard and just maybe learn what it means to be a team player. He was in a bad situtation at UT, no defense, no real QB development coach. He just slung it without regard to defenses and for the most part with success. If we had a D last year, some peoples opinions may differ on him. Good luck in the NFL TB!

GO VOLS!!

VolBall18 writes:

He's got tremendous talent but he'll have to get his mentality on another level. Very accurate/strong arm vs. Jay Cutler mindset. If he can overcome his attitude on and off the field, he can have success. We'll see.

david_light_38230#225602 writes:

If it weren't for Coach Chaney, Bray would have been a complete loss. Bray has the physical tools but the mental aspect has been suspect, this may be due to his immaturity as an individual.

Another year in college would greatly help Bray, but given the new "system", offensive coaches, etc - it is probably best that Bray enters the draft.

Bray owes Coach Chaney a HUGE thank you for his work with him, and the offense that made Bray a college success.

Good luck in the NFL!!

GO VOLS!!

rbwtn writes:

We wish you luck Tyler don't forget who got you where you will be. Don't be surprised if you don't end up with the "Jets".

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