Starting the season at the same time he was dealing with the loss of his mother, Bray became a contributor for the Tigers and is hoping to finish his first season with a win over Virginia.
"I got my feet a little wet," Bray said. "I got out there and did a lot that people didn't think I could do--got back there catching punts, kickoff returns, receiver. I had real fun my first year."
Doing a little bit of everything for the Tigers, Bray has carried the ball nine times for 13 yards this season, added 14 catches for 81 yards plus 20 punts and kickoffs for 264 yards. With Michael Dyer suspended for the bowl game and Onterio McCalebb and Tre Mason the only options at running back it could mean an increased role for Bray on New Year's Eve.
During the first week of practices for the Chick-fil-A Bowl clash with Virginia, Bray said that so far he hasn't lined up at running back, but he's not ruling it out. "Not yet, but hopefully," Bray said about playing running back. "I hope so. It is (an opportunity) with him gone. It's expanded my role a lot, and I'm up for the challenge."
Taking part in his first bowl experience is something that Bray said he is enjoying because it allowing the team to come together more. He said it is also allowing the offense to practice at the same tempo it did earlier in the season. He added that the offense is fired up to show it can get the job done.
"We just have to pick it up a lot and execute," Bray said, who added, "It would be real big for us to go in with a win until the next year, build upon that for next year."
With Bray, Kiehl Frazier, Jaylen Denson, C.J. Uzomah, Brandon Fulse, Reese Dismukes and Tre Mason all seeing action on offense this season as true freshmen the future looks bright for the Tigers on that side of the ball. With so many young players on defense added in it means bowl practices could be an important building block for the future of the program in the coming years. Bray said having the extra practice time is invaluable because it is allowing them to grow and mature with each passing day.
"It's very big, because you know we're just working on for next year and a couple years to come," he said. "We're growing together as a team and just coming together for next year and build upon a better season than we did this year."