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UT To Start Bray Over Simms

Tennessee will have a new starting quarterback against Memphis on Saturday, but the switch from Matt Simms to Tyler Bray might not be permanent.

“We’re going to start Tyler Bray this week, and I just feel like that’s the best thing for out team right now,” Derek Dooley said today.  The true freshman Bray replaced the juco transfer Simms early in the second half of Saturday’s 38-24 loss at South Carolina.  Simms had fumbled twice on sacks.  Bray threw for two touchdowns in relief, but also tossed a pick six.

Simms questioned his benching after the game.

“I had a real good conversation with Matt and Matt is a team guy.  He’s a high-character guy, Matt’s a competitor and Matt’s emotional.  He was very apologetic for what happened after the game, and I really respect the fact that he came to me and said that.  The decision, just as an aside, has nothing to do with comments (from Simms).  It’s strictly a business evaluation of our team and where we need to go.”

Dooley also said that his team has reacted well to rotating the two quarterbacks — the team is 0-3 since the rotation began — and that he has seen no signs of division in the lockerroom.

All the same, Dooley would be better off nipping any quarterback controversy in the bud by naming Bray his guy for the remainder of the season.  As long as the door remains open for Simms to return, some on the team might start wishing the veteran was on the field anytime the youngster might toss a ball into double-coverage.

In other words, if Dooley’s going to go in, he’d best just go ahead and go all in.  Bud-nippin’ is in order.


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