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Bray signs with agent, ending Vols career

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Just over two weeks ago, it was reported that Tyler Bray was leaving Tennessee a year early for the NFL.  While the school never officially confirmed the quarterback’s departure, it appears the Vols will indeed have a new player under center to go along with a new head coach.

By way of the Knoxville News Sentinel, Bray’s father Jeff told a Knoxville radio host today that his son has signed with NFL agent Don Yee.  That move means Bray’s UT career has officially come to an end.

Why the school has yet to officially acknowledge Bray’s departure is unclear.

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 News Sentinel writes that “Bray would leave Tennessee in fourth place all-time in passing touchdowns (69) and passing yards (7,444) and fifth in pass completions (540).”

With 11 days left until the deadline for underclassmen to declare, Bray is the lone quarterback to make the early leap into a draft pool that’s very shallow at his position at the moment.

UT wide receiver Justin Hunter announced via Twitter last month that he’s leaving early for the NFL.  Fellow receiver Cordarrelle Patterson is expected to do the same, although that’s yet to be officially announced as well.

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5 Responses to “Bray signs with agent, ending Vols career”
  1. rascalmanny says: Jan 4, 2013 11:01 PM

    All Vols fans are happy to see Bray leave.

    Don’t let the door hit you, pal.

  2. vols84 says: Jan 5, 2013 12:26 AM

    Yep. The beer bottle chucking QB put up good numbers but when it came to winning games, he choked (UGA, USCe, Mizzou). He still needs to mature in many Vols opinion.

  3. jimbo75025 says: Jan 5, 2013 12:42 AM

    Bray should have stuck around for another year-as should Patterson. Both need a bit of “growing up” before they go to the next level.

    That being said, I do not really blame them for leaving now. Coaching changes generally do not result in massive turnarounds in one years time.

  4. houndofthebaskervols says: Jan 5, 2013 1:37 AM

    2 year NFL washout.

  5. delashmit says: Jan 5, 2013 2:22 PM

    He will play for a while in the NFL and will start as a backup. Probably a 5th round draft pick. Hunter and Paterson will go in the 1st round and no worst than the 2nd round. The good news for Tennessee is that our offensive line returns intact except for one senior (I believe this is correct), Dallas Thomas and our defense returns intact except for seniors.

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