It's Football time in Tennessee

It's football time in Tennessee. The second spring season under Derek Dooley will officially begin with a Tuesday practice at 4:00 p.m. How big is it for Tyler Bray to have a big spring for the Vols? How will he handle being the No. 1 guy going into spring?

It's football time in Tennessee.

The second spring season under Derek Dooley will officially begin with a Tuesday practice at 4:00 p.m.

Tennessee media will get an opportunity Monday to ask Dooley about his expectations on his football team.

While this team won't be as young as his first squad was, this will still be a very young UT team.

One of the biggest surprises of last fall was the solid play of true freshman quarterback Tyler Bray.

Is Bray ready to be the full time leader of this ball club?

Yes he was talented and led a four game winning streak for the Vols in November, but the main question going into spring football is how much has he grown, physically and mentally and how will he handle the pressure of being the guy heading into Tuesday's practice.

Has he matured?

Will he flourish behind a bigger, stronger and wiser young offensive line?

Will he show on and off the field the leadership abilities it will take for him to lead Tennessee to a winning and possibly a championship team this fall.

Bray showed a swagger at the season's end last fall, he fought a valiant fight in the Music City Bowl.

Now will he take the needed step this spring, leading him into the fall?

While Bray was brilliant at times, his youth, his immaturity showed. Will he become a student of the game in the film room, that the position demands.

Expect to get all those questions answered and many more.

There is no doubt that Bray has the arm. No doubt he has the potential to be a great one, but if he is going to be one of the better quarters in the SEC and one of the best at Tennessee this spring is vital to his growth.

With a better line, and a talented group of receivers this spring will be a good opportunity for Bray to shine.

How important is a great spring for Bray?

Only time will tell and answer these questions.

Stay tuned to InsideTennessee.com for in-depth coverage of Tennessee Spring Football.


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