Tennessee Football 2011: Quarterback Conundrum

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Tennessee Football 2011: Quarterback Conundrum

Just because Tyler Bray has the job doesn't mean there still aren't difficult decisions to consider heading into fall. Matt Simms has plenty of experience running the calls, but Bray defined himself last season with extraordinary passing skills that eclipsed then-junior Simms. The fact that Bray did as well as he did convinced many fans that questions no longer remained when a choice must be made.

After Bray's weaknesses were exposed in the Music City Bowl, a growing crowd of dissension began to grumble that maybe Simms wasn't so bad after all. However, Matt Simms was pummeled into submission early last season by the best of the SEC's defensive fronts before getting benched for concussions—but for the detractors, keeping Simms in the game was like playing a Jonathan Crompton pre-Kiffin. Advocates simply argued he never even had a chance because the offensive line couldn't protect him.

Enter stage left, Justin Worley. When Dooley began his courtship last season, a lot of people, including myself, were wondering why Tennessee was hot after Worley. He had played an admirable sophomore and junior season, but many expected it was a fluke and that he would be unable to continue with any real success. Then he was given the Gatorade National Player of the Year. Then he came out in the Orange and White game and teased us all with displays of bulls-eye passing skills.

How do we really know who the best man is?

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