KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (SUBMITTED) -- For the second consecutive week, quarterback Tyler Bray has garnered SEC Freshman of the Week accolades, this time sharing the honor with South Carolina tailback Marcus Lattimore, as announced by the league office Monday. Bray is one of 14 players to earn multiple SEC Player of the Week honors in 2010 and is just the fifth student-athlete to do so in consecutive weeks.
A week removed from earning UT’s first SEC Player of the Week honor in 2010, Bray once again captured the attention of the conference after completing 18-of-34 passes for 323 yards and three touchdowns in his first SEC start versus Mississippi. Bray became the first UT quarterback to throw for 300-plus yards in his first two starts and the first to do it in consecutive games since Casey Clausen accomplished the feat in 2001 against LSU and Michigan.
After breaking the Tennessee record for passing yards in a half with 308 in the first 30 minutes at Memphis, Bray followed it up with another spectacular first-half outing Saturday. The Kingsburg, Calif., native compiled 265 passing yards, which ranks as the ninth most in a single half, making him just the second UT quarterback to produce two top-10 performances for most passing yards in one half. Peyton Manning holds four of the top 10 spots.
Since Bray’s first throw at South Carolina, an interception that was returned for a touchdown, he’s connected on 46-of-81 passes for 807 yards, 10 touchdowns and zero interceptions (QB rating: 180.91).
Bray will notch his first SEC road start Saturday evening, Nov. 20, when the Vols travel to Nashville to play Vanderbilt at 6:30 CT.
Courtesy: UT sports information