Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Tyler Bray is not having the season he had hoped for. Bray entered the year as one of the top signal-callers in the SEC and all of college football. He was viewed as a potential first-round pick but that hype has vanished and Bray now finds himself fighting for his starting job.
Bray was intercepted two times in last week’s embarrassing 44-13 loss to Alabama. He hopes to rebound this week but it will be no easy task. Bray will lead the Vols against the South Carolina Gamecocks and another poor performance could get benched in favor of sophomore quarterback Justin Worley.
“If he’s loose with the football, he’s coming out of the game and we’re going to play Justin,” Dooley said. “I told him that.”
Following the loss, Bray didn’t do himself any favors when he avoided addressing the media after the Vol’s loss. It was one of the most costly decisions — aside from his interceptions — in the eyes of his head coach.
“That’s unacceptable in our program,” Dooley said. “There’s no defense for that type of behavior.”
Bray did acknowledge the fact that he did not address media and took responsibility for his actions.
“I was mad,” he said. “I should have manned up and faced the consequences.”
Hopefully he can “man up” on the football field and show some maturity and improved decision making. If not, he will have to ride the pine and enjoy the view from the sidelines.