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Tyler Bray out for six weeks with broken thumb

Posted on: October 9, 2011 10:30 pm
Posted by Adam Jacobi

Tennessee's bowl hopes took a hit this week with the announcement that QB Tyler Bray will miss most, if not all, of the rest of the regular season. Bray suffered a broken thumb in the 4th quarter of the Vols' 20-12 loss to Georgia on Saturday, and according to RapidReporter Daniel Lewis, the team expects Bray to miss six weeks with the injury.

The injury puts a halt to what had begun as a brilliant sophomore campaign for the Vols' signal-caller; Bray is currently ranked 11th in the nation in passing efficiency, having thrown for 1579 yards, 14 touchdowns and just two interceptions on 116-176 passing for the year.

Matt Simms came on in relief of Bray during Saturday's loss, and he wasn't bad; coming into the game cold with the ball on Georgia's 23 yard line, Simms kept the touchdown drive going -- even converting a first down after an intenional grounding penalty gave Tennessee a 2nd and 25. At the same time, it took Simms seven plays to get those 23 yards. Yes, that's a small sample size, but we're still not talking about a great deal of efficiency here.

If the six-week figure is accurate, that means Bray won't be healthy until the season finale, when Tennessee travels to Kentucky with what might well be bowl eligibility on the line. Tennessee is 3-2 right now, and it's unlikely (though not impossible) that the Vols get any wins out of the upcoming stretch of LSU, @Alabama, and South Carolina. If Bray's under center, perhaps that changes, but he won't be. At an rate, if Tennessee loses its next three, it's 3-5, and needing to get three wins out of Middle Tennesse State, @Arkansas, Vanderbilt, and the aforementioned @Kentucky. That's certainly doable, but it's going to be at least incrementally more difficult with Simms at QB until Simms proves otherwise.

So while it's pretty much a dead lock that Bray can return in time to lead Tennessee in its bowl game, it's also going to be up to Matt Simms to get the Vols there in the first place. 
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Since: Nov 6, 2009
Posted on: October 10, 2011 9:24 pm

Tyler Bray out for six weeks with broken thumb

Beat LSU last year? Vols should have been undefeated with 13 players on defense.

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: October 10, 2011 4:38 pm

Tyler Bray out for six weeks with broken thumb

I hate to see anybody get hurt, especially right before we play them.  LSU should win this game handily, but a win over Tennessee is just not what it used to be.  As a side note, Dooley looks ridiculous in those orange pants. 

Since: Nov 4, 2009
Posted on: October 10, 2011 1:57 pm

Tyler Bray out for six weeks with broken thumb

I guess he won't be able to make anymore throat slashing gestures, like he did in the Music City Bowl; only to then kneel on the sidelines, crying, after throwing the game losing interception. Let's hope he has grown up a bit.

Since: Aug 16, 2011
Posted on: October 10, 2011 1:02 pm

Tyler Bray out for six weeks with broken thumb

I'm a believer in Tyler Bray, but if Matt Simms gets us to 5-6 going into the Kentucky game, then Tennessee should stick with him for that game and any potential bowl game.

Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: October 10, 2011 11:19 am

Tyler Bray out for six weeks with broken thumb

Yeah, it was a decent game.  Both teams came out flat it looked like.  We were only supposed to be at .500 this year anyways, but if we had our entire team healthy, i think we could have pulled 8-4 or so.  We still may.  I always think we have a shot against South Carolina as they are so up and down. And same with Arkansas.  If we have Bray back by then, we have a shot against them.  Our D played much better vs GA though.  Made a little progress.  Now lets shock the world and do what we should have done last year and beat LSU!!  GO VOLS!! 

Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: October 10, 2011 9:44 am

Tyler Bray out for six weeks with broken thumb

This is definitely a tough loss for the Vols but an opportunity for the back-up QB as well as the rest of the team to step up and get 'er done.  Looking at the remaining 7 games, the Vols can still finish at .500 and get a decent bowl.  I can definitely see them losing to LSU, Bama, SC and Arkansas.  I do however see them beating Vandy, Middle Tenn State and Kentucky.  All is not lost but if the Vols can survive the next 3 games without any further injuries, they should be ok.

Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: October 10, 2011 8:37 am

Tyler Bray out for six weeks with broken thumb

What a really tuff loss.We lost our best WR Justin Hunter and our best defense player safety Janzen Jackson,our top tackler from last year LB Herman Lathers and now our starting QB.I would like to say it cant get any worse but next we have LSU,followed by Alabama and South Carolina.

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