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Mentioning Tyler Bray's name to Volunteers fans is like belting out, "T-tops are for tools!" in a Mississippi bar. Half of the crowd will cheer you, the other half will start foaming at the mouth and hunt you down like a cackle of hyenas.
As someone who lives a stone's throw away from Arrowhead Stadium (40 minutes away—it's a light stone), I can relay that (Kansas City) Chiefs fans felt like their team hit the undrafted jackpot when Bray was signed this offseason. And for good reason. This preseason, in a typical game's worth of attempts (40), he registered 220 yards, three touchdowns and an interception.
However, any sane-minded person would tell you that declaring for the draft as an underclassman was a mistake. And one that ultimately hurt both parties.
Remember, if you put his beer-bottle-checkered past behind him, Bray passed for 3,612 yards, 34 touchdowns and 12 interceptions last season, slotting Tennessee as the second-ranked passing offense in the SEC.
While Bray has never been accused of being a Buddha-like mentor/role model, a talented prospect like Joshua Dobbs could've waited in the wings and soaked in Bray's on-field knowledge.
Instead, nine games into the season, Tennessee's passing "attack" ranks 12th in the conference, and the Volunteers are currently at the bottom of the barrel in touchdown-to-interception ratio (1.2).
And of all places, Bray now plays for a Missouri team. Two stones, one bird?
(With this slide now completed, feel free to ignore the stats, pound caps lock and litter the comment section with exclamation marks while explaining why you're glad Bray's gone.)
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