Vols wrap up scrimmage No. 2

Watch as Tennessee Vols head coach Derek Dooley addresses the media following the Volunteers second scrimmage of training camp. Be sure to come to IT for all the latest in Tennessee athletics.

Three-hundred fourteen days ago Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray followed through on a pass straight into the helmet of Georgia Bulldog linebacker Christian Robinson in Neyland Stadium and broke his thumb, an injury that sidelined the sophomore for five games.

Friday evening on Shields-Watkins Field it was a sprained ankle, a fake one that is, that thrust sophomore quarterback Justin Worley into Tennessee's second scrimmage of training camp to run the first-team offense.

"We gave Justin Worley a lot of snaps, gave him some snaps with the ones just to do that, mixed a couple of the offensive linemen with the ones, just kind of working on contingency plans," coach Derek Dooley told reporters. "I felt like the offense was explosive — a lot of explosive plays and scored a lot of points."

This scrimmage focused on situational work and Worley shined with his opportunity, racking up 229 yards passing and two touchdowns on 15-of-28 passing.

"We have a real comfort level," Dooley said of Worley. "I thought at some point he needed to get in there with the ones so those guys could feel his command a little bit. He has done a great job.

"He has made a lot of improvement, he is moving in the pocket better, making the throws he needs to make and he is getting the ball to the guys that can make plays."

On the flip side, Worley did toss two interceptions, both to safety Byron Moore, but even still, starting left tackle Antonio Richardson says the comfort level is there with the South Carolina native in the huddle.

"The quarterback commands the offense and when they are confident and ready to go we are ready to go," Richardson said. "Last year he started three games and he has the experience and when he comes in there I am really confident being behind him."

Bray threw just 12 passes in the scrimmage, but it was key to get the No. 2 in the huddle with the first-teamers.

"We need to go into this season where he has got a little confidence and feels like he can go take command of the offense if he needs to," Dooley said. "I think the guys on the offense feel like they hopefully won't miss a beat if he is in there."

Top performs with Worley at the helm included freshman receiver Drae Bowles, who racked up 91 yards on six catches, former high school teammate and wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, with two catches for 42 yards and tailback Devrin Young taking a check-down pass 72 yards to paydirt.

Watch as Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley addressed the media following Friday's scrimmage in Neyland Stadium:

Sophomore quarterback Justin Worley speaks following his day with the first-team offense:

Chris Price is a staff writer for InsideTennessee.com. He was previously an intern for the site for two years before graduating from the University of Tennessee. He joined the InsideTennessee team in 2009.

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