- Edward Aschoff, College Football
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It's obvious that Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray is more than ready to forget about the Vols' 37-20 loss to Florida.
So much so that he told members of the media this week that he wouldn't dare watch the second half of the game. It's hard to blame him after he completed 9 of his 21 pass attempts for 104 yards with an interception. In the fourth quarter alone he connected on just 1 of 10 passes for 8 yards.
"I didn't even get to late in the game. I watched the first half and that was about it," Bray said. "No [need to watch it]. That wasn't our team."
Bray might have been stretching things a bit.
On Wednesday, coach Derek Dooley laughed off Bray's claim, saying his quarterback did in fact watch the second half of the Florida game. Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney said the same thing as well.
"I don't know why he said that," Dooley said of Bray. "We correct all the film and I think Tyler's point was that you have to have a short memory when you play quarterback."
Maybe it was a way to truly put the Florida game in the past, which is exactly what Bray -- and his team -- needs to do before Saturday's game against Akron.
While the Vols managed just seven points in the second half and were held to 5 yards in the fourth quarter, Dooley said he wasn't upset with how his team played in the final two quarters. He said things got away from Tennessee late in the third, which forced his team to press with the pass in a fourth quarter in which the Vols ran the ball just twice for minus-3 yards.
Dooley admitted the Vols got a little pass happy in the fourth, but he wants to see his running backs do a little more when they find space.
"What we have to do a better job of is when we get a little air turn that 4-yarder into 8 yards and that 3-yarder into 7 yards," Dooley said of the running backs. "So far, we haven't done as good as we need to do in that area."
And until the backs do, Tennessee will continue to struggle to grind out the tough yards in the second half. In the meantime, Dooley has no problem putting more faith in Bray.
"Tyler has grown a lot as a quarterback," he said. "He's not where he wants to be. He's as disappointed as anybody about how we finished the game as a team and how he finished as a quarterback. I know the next time we're in that situation we'll learn from it and improve."
It's obvious that Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray is more than ready to forget about the Vols' 37-20 loss to Florida.So much so that he told members of the media this week that he wouldn't dare watch the second half of the game.