Tyler Bray, Sophomore; 6'6", 210lbs
I'm perplexed, I really am.
On one hand, you have this talented young man that runs out on the field with his hair on fire. Then, you have another that exhibits classic confidence symptoms.
I think any real fan would just want him to be successful and leave all the touchy-feely stuff on the back porch. But, for the real-real fans, they want to embrace the young man as the man that beat Florida...or Alabama etc. etc.
His numbers aren't really the issue, but confidence is....not his, ours. There were times at the end of last season where hosts of fans wondered silently and out loud why he wasn't started to begin with. The answer again is confidence.
Dooley, at the beginning, was more sure of Matt Simms' ability than his, and that's why he waited until the last minute. Much to Bray's credit, he did in fact seize the day. But at last, there were also flashbacks of a junior Jonathan Crompton when errant passes fell right into the hands of opposing defenders when perfect receptions waved double in desperation.
Can he do it? There is a very real possibility that he can pull off a better season than last and win more than he loses. And as fairness owes honesty, I am predicting he succeeds as critical as I might be.