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.