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Tyler Bray is at a crossroads in his career. Through his first 10 games as a starter, he looked great. He has a large frame (which will need some muscle on it), and he did a good job finding the open man and being patient. Then, when the big play was set up, he would find someone deep and show off his arm strength.
However, he then had to face Florida and Georgia, which were games where he had lost his star WR and favorite target. Without his security blanket and incredible wide receiver, Justin Hunter, Bray seemed lost and confused. Even through his confusion, however, you could tell he was trying to make his reads and he was playing at an adequate level. After all he was only a sophomore, and better QBs have looked worse without their favorite targets.
So while Big Orange Nation may not have been as enamored with Bray as they once were, they expected him to grow from it.
Then came the Kentucky game. Glossing over his mediocre performance against Vandy (who did have an exceptional defensive backfield last year), Bray ended his year with the Vols on a sour note, and that is being kind. I can't describe to you the feeling in the pit of my stomach watching Bray leave the ball lazily at his side while he waited for the defense to give him something easy. He looked disinterested and like he didn't want to be in uniform, which makes me cringe a little knowing that the team is in his hands next year.
I love Bray as a player; he has all the skills to be the best quarterback in the NCAA next year without exception. Will he put it all together? I don't know.
However, if the Vols are going to try to make a bowl game next year, they need their field general to step up and lead them there.