News:Tyler Bray completed 20-of-34 passes for 293 yards and four touchdowns against Kentucky on Saturday.
Analysis: A difficult season for Tyler Bray and the Vols ends on a high note, as the junior quarterback found four different receivers for scores.
News:Tyler Bray completed just 11-of-29 passes for 103 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions at Vandy on Saturday before being replaced by Justin Worley.
Analysis:Tyler Bray has had a rollercoaster season for the Vols, combining stellar outputs with maddeningly inconsistent play. It remains to be seen who will start under center in next weekend's finale against Kentucky.
News:Tyler Bray completed 37-of-54 passes for 404 yards and four touchdowns against Mizzou on Saturday.
Analysis:Tyler Bray has been on an absolute tear of late, tossing 13 touchdowns in his last three contests.
Tennessee's Bray Throws for 530 Yards, 5 TDs in Win
News:Tyler Bray completed 29-of-47 passing for 530 yards and five touchdowns Saturday as Tennessee edged out Troy 55-48 at home in Knoxville.
Analysis:Tyler Bray, who had 313 yards passing by halftime of Saturday's game, set career-highs for both throwing yards and touchdowns against Troy. The junior quarterback now has thrown for 898 yards, nine touchdowns and just one interception in the span of his last two starts. Expect he might have similar luck next week as Tennessee travels to Columbia to take on the Missouri Tigers.
News:Tyler Bray completed 27-of-43 passes for 368 yards, four touchdowns and an interception at South Carolina on Saturday.
Analysis:Tyler Bray was incredibly productive, though also fumbled the ball late in the game when Tennessee had the chance to tie or go ahead. Despite the loss, Bray's job should be safe as Tennessee gets a much-needed reprieve from SEC play against Troy next week.
News:Tyler Bray could be benched if he doesn't improve his performances soon, GoVolsXtra.com reports.
Analysis:Tyler Bray has had to deal with two tough defenses in Alabama and Mississippi State, but as an advertised star talent he's nonetheless expected to do better than two touchdowns and three interceptions in such a two-game span, and he's certainly expected to throw for more than the 332 yards he totaled against the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs. Justin Worley would be next in line if coach Derek Dooley loses patience with Bray, who also hasn't impressed with his attitude or focus.
Tennessee's Bray (Knee) Expected to Start v. Alabama
News:Tyler Bray apparently tweaked a knee during last week's loss to Mississippi State, but is expected to start Saturday against Alabama, GoVolsXtra.com reports.
Analysis:Tyler Bray's injury doesn't seem that serious, but his value as a fantasy start against Alabama remains minimal nevertheless.
News:Tyler Bray completed 13-of-24 passes for 148 yards, two touchdowns and one interception at Mississippi State on Saturday.
Analysis: The Vols are 0-3 in SEC play, and it doesn't get any easier against Alabama next week and South Carolina after that. Bench Tyler Bray for the time being.
News:Tyler Bray completed 24-of-45 passes for 281 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions at Georgia on Saturday.
Analysis: The three turnovers proved costly, as the Vols fell 51-44 to the Bulldogs. Tyler Bray faces another stiff test in two weeks at Mississippi State.
News:Tyler Bray completed 22-of-44 passes for 257 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions against Florida on Saturday.
Analysis:Tyler Bray was inconsistent against the Florida defense, putting the Vols in an early hole with an INT, and then struggling to get the Tennessee offense moving in the fourth quarter. He should bounce back next week against Akron, though.
News:Tyler Bray completed 18-of-20 passes for 310 yards and four touchdowns against Georgia State on Saturday.
Analysis:Tyler Bray carved up the Panthers on Saturday, finding standout wide receiver Justin Hunter for three of those TDs. However, Bray's task will get much more difficult next week against Florida.
News:Tyler Bray completed 27-of-41 passes for 333 yards and two touchdowns against NC State on Friday.
Analysis:Tyler Bray was extremely effective in his first start of the season. With Cordarrelle Patterson emerging as a go-to wideout alongside Justin Hunter, Bray should be in line for a big season.
News:Tyler Bray, starting quarterback for the University of Tennessee, is mentioned in police incident reports related to two car vandalisms at a Knoxville apartment complex in which Bray and his roommate reside, the Associated Press reports.
Analysis: Knoxville Police Department spokesman Darrell DeBusk told members of the media Wednesday that no charges will be filed on the initial report given that Tyler Bray had apparently offered to pay Bradi Hudson, the first victim, for damages to her car. Police are still investigating the second incident, however, in which Kirstie Allen claims to have seen Bray and his roommate, Michael Grandinetti, throwing beer bottles off a balcony and onto vehicles in the parking lot shortly after allegedly receiving an eviction notice from apartment management.
News: Tennessee wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers was receiving passes from Tyler Bray against Kentucky but he didn't look like his usual self as he caught just two balls for 38 yards.
Analysis: Rogers will be a top tier receiver again next year so be sure to snag him early.
News: Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray was expected to shred apart the Kentucky secondary but struggled as the Vols lost. Bray finished the game with 215 yards passing, one touchdown, and two picks.
Analysis: Bray is still not at full health but should be one of the conference's best signal callers once against next season.
News: Kentucky will be without linebacker Ridge Wilson (shoulder) and defensive back Martavius Neloms (ankle) when they take on Tennessee on Saturday. Both are key starters for the Wildcats.
Analysis: This certainly doesn't hurt the fantasy value of Tennessee receiver Da'Rick Rogers, running back Tauren Poole or quarterback Tyler Bray.
News: Despite leading his Vols to a win over rival Vanderbilt, Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray is still not fully healed and is playing through the pain.
Analysis: Bray will operate out of the Pistol to help his thumb and to help the ground game. Bray is a decent start this weekend against Kentucky.
News: The Pistol formation did two things for the Volunteer offense against Vandy this weekend: helped protect Tyler Bray's thumb and also helped the ground game get going with Tauren Poole. With the success against the Commodores, the Vols will continue to use the formation.
Analysis: If the Pistol helps the run game, the aerial attack will only be more effective.
News: In Tyler Bray's first game back since his thumb injury, nobody benefited more than receiver Da'Rick Rogers. Rogers caught ten of Bray's passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns against Vanderbilt.
Analysis: With Bray in the lineup, Rogers once again is a hot commodity.
News: If you think just because Tennessee is facing Vanderbilt that it is time to start Da'Rick Rogers, think again. Vandy has a ball-hawking secondary and Rogers will be blanketed by Casey Hayward.
Analysis: I have said it before, but as long as Tyler Bray is not on the field, stay away from the Vols.
News: Now that Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray is back practicing with the team, he is still knocking some rust off his arm.
Analysis: Bray's status is unchanged so don't hold your breath until he gets more reps in.
News: Tennessee wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers was wearing a knee brace on his left knee during Tuesday's practice and seemed to be favoring that knee.
Analysis: If there is no Tyler Bray throwing him the ball, he is not worth starting against Vanderbilt regardless of his health.
News: Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray has missed the last five games with a thumb injury but has been cleared to practice. Head coach Derek Dooley says that is he is ready to go against Vanderbilt this weekend, "we'd be crazy not to give him a shot".
Analysis: This could have huge fantasy implications as the Vanderbilt defense is no longer a viable option with him on the field. Also Da'Rick Rogers stock soars if Bray is able to play.
News: Tennessee wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers was able to hit the century mark for the second time since Tyler Bray went down with an injury. Rogers had five receptions for 106 yards against Arkansas.
Analysis: Rogers is still not worth picking up until Bray is back and fully healthy.
News: When Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray took of his protective brace to try and throw a pass, he was unable to even grip the ball. With that being said, the coaching staff says that his recovery is right on track.
Analysis: Bray was not going to be able to play this weekend but could be available for the game against Kentucky. Stay tuned.
News: Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray had his cast removed but is likely still out for this weekend's game against Arkansas.
Analysis: Bray could be back for the Kentucky game which would make him a great start. His return boosts the stock of Da'Rick Rogers as well.
News: Tennessee tight end Mychal Rivera injured his toe against Middle Tennessee and is currently listed as day-to-day.
Analysis: As long as Tyler Bray is out, Rivera has little potential to do much so it is best to find another option if you haven't already.
News: Tennessee receiver Da'Rick Rogers had a day like he did frequently with Tyler Bray as his quarterback. Against Middle Tennessee he had nine catches for 137 yards and a score.
Analysis: This was the only time for the rest of the season it was worth starting Rogers, so hopefully you took advantage of it.
News: Since Tyler Bray went down with injury, we have pretty much written off the Tennessee offense; but against Middle Tennessee, it may be time to give Da'Rick Rogers, Mychal Rivera, and Tauren Poole a shot.
Analysis: Poole will certainly get his rushes while Rogers, Rivera, and even DeAnthony Arnett are starting options, albeit a bit riskier.
News: While the original plan was to redshirt Tennessee quarterback Justin Worley, the injury to Tyler Bray has forced him into action and Worley will now start next week's game against South Carolina.
Analysis: Worley has not yet completed a collegiate pass but you have to think he couldn't do much worse than Matt Simms at this point. One interesting notion could be that with a young quarterback, the tight end usually gets more work as a security valve so keep an eye on Mychal Rivera.
News: With no Tyler Bray the Volunteers had no chance against the Alabama defense as Matt Simms and Company were only able to muster 155 yards of total offense. Tauren Poole got 19 carries but was only able to turn them into 67 yards while Da'Rick Rogers had two catches for 32 yards.
Analysis: As long as Bray is out, there is no sense carrying a Tennessee player on your roster. However, remember that Bray could return for the season finale against Kentucky, which would make for a nice start.
News: Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray had surgery on the thumb on his throwing hand, and the surgery was a success.
Analysis: Bray is expected to be out until the regular season finale against Kentucky.
News: Against the vaunted LSU defense, Tennessee quarterback Matt Simms looked terrible as he completed just 6-of-20 passes for 128 yards and two interceptions.
Analysis: Simms is not at all a replacement for Tyler Bray so leave him in the waiver pool.
News: Yes, even avoid Da'Rick Rogers as the nasty LSU defense should feast upon the tender flesh of new starting quarterback Matt Simms. Rogers is good but will likely be blanketed by either the Honey Badger or Morris Claiborne which will make for a long day.
Analysis: This weekend will be a good test of how effective Rogers can be without Tyler Bray at the helm.
News: Tennessee running back Tauren Poole is currently listed as day-to-day with a hamstring injury suffered against Georgia.
Analysis: With no Tyler Bray for the next 4-6 weeks, the Volunteers really need Poole healthy to help Matt Simms.
News:Da'Rick Rogers had been on a hot streak without Justin Hunter in the lineup. But with the loss of Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray, Rogers managed just five catches for 71 yards against Georgia.
Analysis: Now that Bray is out for the next four weeks, Rogers will need to ride the pine until we see how Matt Simms performs.
News: Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray will be out at least four weeks after X-rays revealed he has a broken thumb on his right (throwing) hand.
Analysis:Matt Simms will take over, but the passing game is sure to suffer without Bray. This will also affect receivers Da'Rick Rogers and DeAnthony Arnett.
News: Tennessee not only lost Saturday to Georgia, they may have lost quarterback Tyler Bray for an extended period of time. Bray hit his right (throwing) hand on a Bulldog helmet, injuring his thumb.
Analysis: Results of Bray's X-ray have yet to be released, but some are bracing for the worst.
News: The contest between Georgia and Tennessee will see two of the nation's top quarterbacks in Tyler Bray and Aaron Murray. The two have different skill sets but should go wild on the opposing defense.
Analysis: Bray could very well push for four touchdowns against the Dawgs while Murray will likely be worth over 300 yards and three total scores.
News: Tennessee wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers stepped in nicely for Justin Hunter as the top target for Tyler Bray as he caught seven passes for 180 yards and two scores against Buffalo.
Analysis: Rogers caught seven passes while nobody else on the team had more than three. Rogers will get quite a few looks for the rest of the year.
News: Despite putting up amazing passing numbers, there are some still out there who doubt that Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray has what it takes to take the team to the next level. All this pressure leaves Bray unfazed however as he knows he is going to do his best regardless of his circumstances.
Analysis: Bray has lost his top target in Justin Hunter but has still performed despite no help from the rushing game. Bray should put up decent numbers against all opponents this year.
News: Buffalo has a tough task ahead of them as they try to slow down the lively arm of Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray. The Bulls are giving up under 200 yards passing per game, but that number will rise after they face the Vols.
Analysis: Even without Justin Hunter, Bray should do just fine this year with weapons like Da'Rick Rogers, Mychal Rivera, and DeAnthony Arnett.
News: Tennessee wide receiver DeAnthony Arnett was called to duty in the absence of Justin Hunter and caught eight passes for 59 yards.
Analysis: Arnett's yards per catch suggest he will not have too many big games, but his sure hands give Tyler Bray another option in the passing game.
News: Even though Tyler Bray and the Volunteers are facing off against a quality defense in the Florida Gators, feel free to start him as well as his top two targets Da'Rick Rogers and Justin Hunter.
Analysis: The Gators have a young defense and they have not seen any receivers with the talent of the duo from Knoxville, so go ahead and play the hot hands.
News: With the emergence of Da'Rick Rogers on the opposite side of the field, Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter has been seeing a lot more single coverage, which is part of why he has started off so hot this season.
Analysis: Rogers and Hunter are so good that teams can't key on just one of them. Add in Tyler Bray's arm and the running ability of Tauren Poole and you have a Vols offense that can hurt you in many ways.
News: While Tauren Poole has been doing his job providing a rushing complement to Tyler Bray's high-flying passing attack, Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley is looking for a solid No. 2 rusher.
Analysis:Marlin Lane seems like the logical choice as Rajion Neal is doing more and more work lined up wide.
News: Tennessee's 1-2 punch of Justin Hunter and Da'Rick Rogers knocked out Cincinnati as the duo had 10 receptions apiece. Hunter had 156 yards and a score while Rogers tallied 100 yards and two touchdowns.
Analysis: With Tauren Poole in the backfield and these two big targets for Tyler Bray, the Vols offense is one of the most balanced and potent in the SEC.
News: Tennessee receivers coach Charlie Baggett praised receivers Justin Hunter and Da'Rick Rogers, saying "I think if they continue to improve like they should and they can, then they have the chance to be high draft choices one day."
Analysis: For now, they will have to settle being high draft choices in our college leagues with Hunter and Rogers having a bright future alongside Tyler Bray in Knoxville.
News: If you were wondering who would be the top targets for Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray, you can rest easy after the Montana game. Justin Hunter hauled in six passes for 146 yards and a score while teammate Da'Rick Rogers had five grabs for 100 yards and a trip to the endzone.
Analysis: Hunter should be gone in your league but if Rogers is available, snatch him up soon.
News: With an improved offensive line and better depth, Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley expects more from the running game including 1,000-yard back Tauren Poole.
Analysis: Even with the lack of continuity at quarterback, Poole was able to take his 200 carries for 1,000 yards so with Tyler Bray back and an improved line, Poole could push for 1,300 yards or more.
News: There is no doubt that Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray is talented but head coach Derek Dooley has been looking for better decision making from the youngster. Well in the latest scrimmage, Bray looked much better completing 10-of-20 passes for 144, one touchdown, and zero interceptions.
Analysis: Bray will team up with talented receivers Da'Rick Rogers and Justin Hunter to give the Vols a potent passing attack that could be the best since Erik Ainge.
News: Saturday's scrimmage for Tennessee was without much of their rushing attack as Tauren Poole and Rajion Neal sat out nursing injuries.
Analysis: This sounds like nothing more than a precautionary measure on the part of head coach Derek Dooley. Look for Poole to have a breakout year with Tyler Bray maturing as a passer.
News: While the first scrimmage had its ups and downs, the receiving duo of Da'Rick Rogers and Justin Hunter shined with Rogers hauling in six catches for 77 yards and a score.
Analysis: Hunter and Rogers should be in for big seasons with big-armed Tyler Bray slinging them the ball.
News: Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney says he is looking for the team's third receiver, behind Justin Hunter and Da'Rick Rogers, and it could be junior college walk-on Antonio Jones.
Analysis: At 6'5, 210 pounds, Jones is another big target for the similarly sized Tyler Bray which could make the Vols' offense even more dangerous.
News: After following head coach Derek Dooley from Louisiana Tech to Tennessee, quarterback Doak Raulston has decided to leave the team.
Analysis: The writing on the wall clearly stated that the starting job was to be Tyler Bray's as long as he was eligible, so it looks like Raulston may be moving on to greener pastures.
News: With the absence of playmakers like Denarius Moore, Gerald Jones, and Luke Stocker, the Vols need guys like Justin Hunter and Da'Rick Rogers to step up. Rogers, for one, is ready having said "I want the pressure... Pressure makes diamonds, so that's OK with me."
Analysis: Rogers is a diamond-in-the-rough and the guy who could bring out his luster is strong-armed quarterback Tyler Bray.
News: As summer camp is underway, Tennessee freshman tight ends Cameron Clear and Brendan Downs have already impressed veteran Mychal Rivera. "They impress me... they have great hands and good speed" says Rivera.
Analysis: The Volunteers should have no problem passing with Tyler Bray sling the ball and there should be quite a few passes thrown to the tight ends.
News: Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray recently talked about how he has grown not only in size (from 190 pounds to over 200) but also in maturity from his freshman season.
Analysis: Bray was baptized by fire and now should be all the better for it. With weapons in Justin Hunter, Tauren Poole, and Da'Rick Rogers, Bray should have a breakout year for the Vols.
News: Tennessee quarterback Matt Simms has been deemed the top bounce back candidate for the Volunteers as the senior looks to get off the pine and back on the field. Simms started last season as the starting quarterback with true freshman Tyler Bray eventually snagging the job away from him. Simms had a good spring and at times looked better than his sophomore counterpart.
Analysis: Bray is young but is clearly the future of the program. Simms is a serviceable backup but is not much more than that.
News: ESPN's Chris Low lists Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray as the SEC's top returning quarterback. Murray is followed closely by South Carolina's Stephen Garcia. Past Garcia and Murray things are bit muddy.
Analysis: Looking a little further down the list, Tennessee's Tyler Bray doesn't seem to get a lot of national attention and some have even questioned if he can hold onto the job. But he has the talent and the supporting cast to be one of the SEC's best if he continues to develop this fall.
News: In the wake of major football and basketball violations that have befallen Tennessee, athletic director Mike Hamilton has decided to resign.
Analysis: At this time it is unknown how coach Derek Dooley and the Vols football team will be affected, but the horizon looks a bit stormy.
UT's Bray Struggles Greatly in Tennessee Spring Game
News: Bray struggled tremendously in Saturday's spring game at the University of Tennessee, completing just 5-of-30 passing for 122 yards and one touchdown, The Tennessean reports.
Analysis: Despite the terrible performance, head coach Derek Dooley says Bray doesn't have anything to worry about - at least for now. "If Tyler would've gone 27-of-30 for 300 yards, I would have said, 'Yeah, we're doing good,'" Dooley told reporters after Saturday's spring game. "If he would've gone 5-of-30, which is what he did, I would've said, 'It's just a spring game. It doesn't matter.'"
News: Bray was 16-of-27 for 232 yards and two touchdowns Saturday against Vanderbilt.
Analysis: Bray's touchdowns were nice but his interceptions hurt his fantasy value on Saturday. Look for the 6'6" freshman to have a big game next week against Kentucky.
News: Bray was 18-of-34 for 323 yards and three touchdowns Saturday against Mississippi.
Analysis: Two starts. Eight touchdowns. Impressive numbers for the Vols' new starting quarterback. Bray faces a weak Vandy team next week. He's shaping up to be a great waiver wire pickup for the rest of the season.
News: Bray completed 19-of-33 passes for 325 yards and five touchdowns against Memphis Saturday.
Analysis: Almost all that production came in the first half. Obviously the opponent was weak, but Mississippi is up next for the Volunteers, and the Rebel defense has been Sun Belt-like so far this year.
News: Bray will start Saturday's game against Memphis, ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Bray has seen extended snaps as Matt Simms' backup the last few weeks, but he will make his first career start after throwing for 159 yards and two touchdowns in the second half of Tennessee's loss to South Carolina in Week 9. Bray is not guaranteed to take all the snaps right away, so hold off starting him this week until it is clear that he has the top spot to himself.
News: Bray was 9-of-15 for 159 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception Saturday against South Carolina.
Analysis: As long as Bray splits time with fellow quarterback Simms, he'll never put up the numbers fantasy owners like. His performance Saturday was decent, but not good enough to get him into your starting lineup.
News: Bray was 5-of-14 for 39 yards and one interception Saturday against Alabama.
Analysis: Bray split time at QB with Matt Simms. He didn't impress, completing only five passes and throwing a pick. Stay away from Tennessee's quarterbacks.
News: Head coach Derek Dooley said Monday that Bray will see action in the first half of this week's game against Alabama, The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports.
Analysis: Bray has seen minimal action in just two games this season, but it looks like the Volunteers will get him involved a bit more against Alabama in an effort to spark the offense. Bray does not have any real fantasy value just yet, but those who own Matt Simms should be aware he will spend part of this week's game on the sidelines.
News: Though likely that junior-college transfer Matt Simms will win the starting quarterback job for Tennessee heading into the 2010 season, GoVolsExtra.com reports that Bray is putting up a serious fight for playing time in fall camp.
Analysis: No doubt that Bray, a true freshman, lacks overall experience playing at the collegiate level, but a combined 27-of-50 passing for 399 yards and a touchdown (no interceptions) over the first two scrimmages of fall suggests that Bray definitely has the talent to push for playing time against presumed starter, Matt Simms.