Derek Dooley experienced a mass exodus of assistant coaches from his Tennessee Volunteers staff this offseason and his team is coming off of a rough 2011. Much more is going to be expected out of quarterback Tyler Bray, who had a better spring game on Saturday at Neyland Stadium than he did last season, but he still didn't look terrific for the Vols in Orange's 17-14 win over White.
Tennessee Volunteers blog Rocky Top Talk recaps the action.
Tyler Bray improved on last year's spring game, going 14 of 26 for 157 yards and a touchdown to Mychal Rivera, but failed to get the White team in scoring position in the fourth quarter with a steak dinner on the line. But he reminded everyone of his ability with a perfect strike off his back foot to Blanc for a first half 4th down conversion. Quarterbacking the Orange, Justin Worley went 17 of 26 and looked solid finding running backs and tight ends, but an ugly interception to John Propst marred an otherwise fine outing.
In a familiar, but depressing, turn of events, the Vol special teams again left something to be desired. Starting kicker Michael Palardy missing his only field goal attempt, badly shanking a 32 yard effort, and one of his extra point tries was partially blocked against a defense that wasn't allowed to rush the kicker. Derrick Brodus went 1 for 2, hitting from 37 and missing from 27.
Ball so hard, that ish Bray.