Bray to get more playing time against Alabama

For those Tennessee football fans hoping for a change at the quarterback position that may be a step closer to happening. Derek Dooley confirmed Monday in his weekly press conference that true freshman Tyler Bray will see more playing time against the Alabama Crimson Tide this coming Saturday night. Go "Inside" to get this writer's thoughts on the situation.

For those Tennessee football fans hoping for a change at the quarterback position that seems to be a step closer to happening.

Derek Dooley confirmed Monday in his weekly press conference that true freshman Tyler Bray will see more playing time against the Alabama Crimson Tide this coming Saturday night.

"He deserves it," Dooley said. "He has earned it, the way he played against Georgia."

He deserves it?

Did he violate curfew during the off week?

Did he ask Coach Derek Dooley's wife out for a date?

What other logical reasons would a true freshman deserve getting thrown to the Alabama Crimson Tide defense as a sacrificial lamb?

Yes, Bray played well against Georgia in mop-up duty. Yes, he made things happened and actually made throws that Matt Simms is probably incapable of making.

I said after the Georgia game that I thought we were on a verge of a quarterback competition, not a controversy.

Don't take me wrong, Bray deserves to play, but to play against Alabama?

My thoughts were to stay with Simms at least through the next two games, then hand over the keys to the Vols Dooley Truck to Bray for the Memphis, Ole Miss, Vandy and Kentucky games.

Dooley didn't say that Simms had lost the job, he just said to expect Bray to play against Alabama early this week.

"I would be disappointed if he hadn't seen action by halftime," Dooley said Monday. "He will play early against Alabama."

Have you seen how lanky this young man is? Let's hope and keep our fingers crossed that he stays out of UT Medical Center this weekend.

The million dollar question is do you start playing some younger players to help progress the future?

Let's remember that Simms has another season of eligibility, although I think Bray will most likely beat out Simms in the spring and next fall.

I definitely think that Bray is the future at the University of Tennessee, if he learns to do the little things well, the intangibles that have kept Simms atop the depth chart all fall.

When do you pull Simms for Bray?

That's why Dooley gets paid the big bucks, so let's hope that Bray is around for the last four games of the season, as that's when he probably could really show if we had a quarterback controversy or just a competition. Only time will tell.


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