COLUMBIA — Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray raised some eyebrows Tuesday when he told a group of reporters that he didn’t watch the second-half film of the Volunteers’ 37-20 loss to Florida.
By TEREZ A. PAYLOR
The Kansas City Star
Bray, obviously, was disillusioned by the way Florida scored 24 unanswered points over the final 20 minutes of Saturday’s game. However, during the SEC coaches’ call on Wednesday, coach Derek Dooley laughed off the notion that Bray didn’t watch film of that part of the game.
“That’s not really true, I don’t know why he said that — we correct all the film,” Dooley said. “I think Tyler’s point was you have to have a short memory when you play quarterback.”
Dooley was not disappointed in his team’s second half at all, adding the Vols came out and went on a scoring march to take a 20-13 lead, and that the game was tied with 3 minutes left to go in the third quarter.
Dooley said what followed was a stretch where the Volunteers made some mistakes and let the game get away from them. After Florida took a 27-20 lead on a touchdown pass, Tennessee failed to get anything going offensively, as the Volunteers were held to minus-8 yards on their last three possessions.
Dooley said some of Tennessee’s struggles down the stretch had to do with play calling. Bray finished 22 of 44 for 257 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions, but misfired on seven straight passes to end the game.
“There was a little stretch that I’m sure we’d all like to have back where we mixed in a another run or two,” said Dooley, whose team finished with 83 rushing yards. “We’re better when we’re balanced, we can’t beat those really good teams throwing it 45 times a game.”
That’s not to say Bray isn’t capable. Dooley said his 6-foot-6, 215-pound junior quarterback has grown a lot at the position and is determined to improve however he can.
“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,” Dooley said. “I know the next time we’re in that situation, we’ll learn from it and improve.”
“First of all, it seems like he’s been playing there for 10 years.”
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