Monday, October 22, 2012
Vols' Derek Dooley puts Tyler Bray on alert
By Chris Low
Tennessee coach Derek Dooley stopped short Monday of saying he was considering making a quarterback change, but Dooley did put Tyler Bray on alert.
In short, if Bray keeps throwing it to the other team, he's going to be watching from the bench.
Bray has an SEC-high nine interceptions, including two last week in the 44-13 loss to Alabama. He finished 13-of-27 for 184 yards against the Crimson Tide. One of his interceptions came late in the third quarter with the Vols driving. He was picked off in the end zone by Robert Lester.
"If he's loose with the ball, he's coming out of the game and we're going to play [Justin] Worley ... and I told [Bray] that," Dooley said. "He's too loose with the football, and he's been too loose. That's the way it is. We can't win and can't beat these teams turning the ball over. There are going to be inevitable turnovers in a game. When there is one, make them have made a great play to get it, not serve it up to them, which is what we do."
Dooley also publicly scolded Bray for refusing to meet with the media following the Alabama loss.
"I was very disappointed, and I told him that," Dooley said. "I have no defense for that kind of behavior. He's the quarterback, and there's a level of responsibility you have to the team, to the fans and to the media. If you don't like it, don't play quarterback. That's how it is. ... That's unacceptable in our program. So man up."
Bray said following practice Monday that he was mad and conceded that he should have "owned up" and met with the media. He also said he was rushing things against the Crimson Tide.
"I've got to relax, not turn the ball over and make smart decisions," said Bray. who has 1,914 passing yards and 16 touchdowns on the season, but has thrown eight of his interceptions in the Vols' four SEC losses.