Vols offense tracking

InsideTennessee catches up with Vols offense coordinator Jim Chaney. Read as IT brings you up to date on all the latest concerning the Tennessee offense.

With their first scrimmage on the horizon Jim Chaney and the Volunteer offense is ahead of schedule in comparison to last spring.

Jim Chaney is working with second year quarterback Tyler Bray, who although may struggle at times is developing nicely.

"You are calling plays now and he understands what they are," Chaney said. "He is seeing the bigger picture better, he is throwing the ball accurately like he always does and we are real pleased with his development. He is growing up just like he is suppose to."

After several games of gun slinging, Bray's development could help the young quarterback flourish in Chaney's offense. Development aside, Chaney says Saturday's scrimmage will separate perception from reality.

"We are really comfortable where we are at, but quite honestly we need to go have a scrimmage in the stadium," Chaney said. "Get the coaches off the field, I am making my bad calls and we will see how many they can get right."

Bray is certainly receiving a full helping of new material for his playbook. Chaney says that the sophomore quarterback is receiving 50 percent more material than he was at this point last spring.

The new material may cause setbacks, but Bray is working through the trouble in order to drive his success and the success of the entire offense.

"All quarterbacks have their days," Chaney said. "Tuesday was a difficult day, we didn't do very well because he didn't do very well.

"Today is a little bit better, we have our ups and downs throughout spring practice, as far as installation we are throwing it all at him."

Bray and Chaney are both dealing with Chaney on the outside. The loss of the Vols three leading receivers has pushed players like Da'Rick Rogers and Justin Hunter to the forefront of the Vols passing attack.

"Da'Rick is having a wonderful spring and Justin is coming around here the last few practices and doing a lot better, but real pleased with Da'Rick," Chaney said.

On top of change in the receiving core the offense will also be without their starting right tackle Ja'Wuan James, who will miss the remainder of spring practice with mono. Jim Chaney however says it is no different than any other mid-season injury.

"It is just like you turn an ankle in the middle of the season – you move on. Alex Bullard is popping in there and other kids are moving in there. I don't even look up there. They look big enough to me so I am happy."

Chaney, Bray and the Volunteer offense will get a chance to redeem themselves Saturday following a Thursday practice that Derek Dooley said was dominated by Justin Wilcox and the Volunteer defense.

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