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Report: Tyler Bray leaving Vols for NFL

Tennessee Kentucky Football AP

Earlier this week, wide receiver Justin Hunter confirmed that he would be leaving Tennessee early for the money-green pastures of the NFL.

Apparently, the player who was on the throwing end of Hunter’s numerous receptions the past three seasons is prepared to follow suit as well.

In the form of a tweet from the imitable Bruce Feldman, the writer is reporting that Vols quarterback Tyler Bray “is leaving Tennessee to put his name into April’s NFL draft.” ¬†Feldman cited an unnamed source as the, ummm, source of the information.

UT has yet to confirm a decision on the part of Bray.

Bray is a true junior, and has started 24 games his first three seasons in Knoxville. ¬†The four-star member of the Vols’ 2010 recruiting class is coming off his best season, totaling career highs in yards (3,612) and touchdown passes (34) as well interceptions (12).

The fact that the Vols will have a new head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2013 likely played a role in Bray’s decision to leave early, if that is indeed the football path he takes.

Bray would become the first player at his position to plunge into the NFL draft pool.

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13 Responses to “Report: Tyler Bray leaving Vols for NFL”
  1. thefiesty1 says: Dec 20, 2012 6:56 PM

    Does he think that he won’t have to learn a new system in the NFL? He should have stayed at least another year with the new HC, OC and QB coach. He didn’t change anything but his draft ranking.

  2. scalpemseminoles says: Dec 20, 2012 7:07 PM

    To me, Tyler Bray is one of the most under rated quarterbacks in cfb. Good for him

  3. mgavin78 says: Dec 20, 2012 7:08 PM

    Dumb move Tyler.

  4. freemantowilliams says: Dec 20, 2012 7:24 PM

    Qb class is super weak this year. Some desperate team (my bucs?) will take him before the the end of the 3rd.

  5. jimbo75025 says: Dec 20, 2012 7:41 PM

    Bray should have stuck around for another year. No question about his arm, but the guy has shown repeatedly that he has a ten cent head. Could have improved his draft position a great deal had he come back and shown some maturity. As things are, sure some team will tab him in the second or third round where he will ride the pine. On one hand, I understand the point of getting paid, but few ever get better by not playing and if his attitude issues carry over to the pros, he could have a very short Jimmy Clausen-esque career.

  6. raider2124 says: Dec 20, 2012 8:06 PM

    Good decision. Very weak qb class. What if the coach that’s hired runs the wing t. He sits on the bench his senior year. If the coach was not fired, he would have stayed

  7. houndofthebaskervols says: Dec 20, 2012 8:19 PM

    Well UT fans arent too broken up over this. Bray underperformed, and Hunter didnt help with all the drops, particularly the ones standing in the end zone.

    Bray could have been a top 10 pick next year, but as it is somebody will grab him in the 2nd round, probably best for everybody he’s leaving early. Vols have two very good QBs on the roster behind him.

  8. choicess says: Dec 20, 2012 8:50 PM

    As a UT fan, thank God!Mr. Clutch can’t get out of town soon enough.
    Whichever GM drafts him for a non-backup role will be fired because of him, and deservedly so. Let the Nathan Peterman era begin!

  9. dalucks says: Dec 20, 2012 10:28 PM

    Tyler Bray is making the right decision for himself. Considering that his top 2 wide receivers are turning pro while his 3rd wide receiver and top tight end are graduating, he should go pro. It is not so much about him learning a new offense as much as it is that Bray is not the dual threat type quarterback needed for a Butch Jones type of offense. Tyler Bray would not improve his draft stock in that offense. Going pro is his only logical option, in my opinion when you evaluate all the facts.

  10. woebegong says: Dec 21, 2012 12:21 AM

    He will not go in the first three rounds most likely, but his chances of improving anymore at Tenn. weren’t that good for next year, so he is in a tough spot. Might as well make some bucks if he can, and not risk injury with compensation. Besides, we know he can pitch a BUD as well as anybody around, so the NFL will take note of that fact.
    Good luck, young man.

  11. gatiger says: Dec 21, 2012 7:04 AM

    Leaving Vols for somewhere, not sure its the NFL.

  12. gotampabay52 says: Dec 21, 2012 8:45 AM

    As a UT season tix holder he should stay another yr. I do agree with freemantowilliams go to Tampa sit a year or two behind Freeman. Sullivain did wonders with Eli like it

  13. quitcrying says: Dec 21, 2012 11:58 AM

    I wish Tyler good luck but am not sad to see him go. He was never fully committed mentally. I look forward to having a QB with leadership skills.

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