Vols' Tyler Bray to start against Memphis

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT/AP) -- Tennessee freshman Tyler Bray will make his first start at quarterback when the Volunteers travel to Memphis on Saturday night.

Coach Derek Dooley says he feels starting Bray is the best thing for the team right now, but hasn't ruled out playing junior Matt Simms against the Tigers.

Bray replaced Simms in the third quarter of Tennessee's 38-24 loss to South Carolina on Saturday after Simms fumbled for a second time. Bray's first pass attempt was intercepted by Devin Taylor and returned 24 yards for a touchdown.

He finished the game 9-for-15 for 159 yards and threw his first two career touchdown passes to tie the game at 24 points early in the fourth quarter.

The 6-foot-6, 210-pound Kingsburg, Calif., native had played in relief of Simms in three other games.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Ut fan Location: Morristown on Nov 5, 2010 at 03:39 AM
    Took him long enough. Scouted like crazy for him and then not play him? Sims is not good dont see how he got the job in the first place. Go vols!
  • by Randel Location: Knoxville, TN on Nov 1, 2010 at 05:12 PM
    I wasn't impressed with the hire, now I'm less impressed by the fact that he can't make up his mind between one quarterback and another.
  • by Happy Location: Knoxville on Nov 1, 2010 at 04:33 PM
    Don't listen to Concerned. He is wrong. You are making fans with this decision. Go Vols! Go DD! and Go Bray!
  • by Concerned Location: KNoxville on Nov 1, 2010 at 02:38 PM
    Derek, you are not making fans with the decision. I hope he does ok for your sake!!!
  • by Betty Location: Knoxville, TN on Nov 1, 2010 at 01:48 PM
    Tyler Bray played well against South Carolina and I am happy that he will have a chance to be Tennessee's starting quarterback. He's able to get rid of the ball sooner (avoiding most sacks) and has a very strong and accurate throwing arm--leading to touchdowns. Go Vols!
  • by Allen Location: Knoxville on Nov 1, 2010 at 01:29 PM
    Best choice...just a bit too late.


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