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UT’s Bray Out Six Weeks With Broken Thumb; Simms Up Next

Be careful what you wish for.

Tennessee backup quarterback Matt Simms made it clear last season that he didn’t want to be a second-stringer and now it looks like he’s going to be getting another chance to play.  First up?  LSU.  Then?  Alabama.

Good luck with all that.

Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray — who was leading the SEC’s highest-rated passing offense — suffered a broken thumb against Georgia on Saturday and is expected to miss six weeks.  This for a team that had already lost star receiver Justin Hunter to a season-ending knee injury three weeks ago.

Late in Saturday’s 20-12 loss, Bray’s follow-through on a pass brought his hand directly into contact with a Bulldog defender’s facemask.  He attempted on more fluttering pass before leaving the game for good.

With LSU, Alabama, South Carolina, MTSU, Arkansas and Vanderbilt the next six games on the schedule, it’s likely that the Vols’ record over that stretch would have been no better with Bray than with Simms.

Tennessee coaches now must decide who their #3 quarterback will be — Nash Nance or freshman hotshot Justin Worley.  The latter was expected to redshirt this year, thus giving him two years’ separating from Bray.  But seeing how Alabama’s defense has injured three quarterbacks in the past two weeks, the Vols better have a plan in case Simms goes down next.

Ironically, Simms took a beating during the 2010 season before giving way to Bray who bested Memphis, Ole Miss, Kentucky and Vanderbilt.  Now Simms is being called from the bullpen to once again face the heart of order when it comes to UT’s schedule. 

That brings us back to where we started — be careful what you wish for.



Matt Simms is a capable QB. He can make good decisions with the football. He just doesnt have the strong arm that Tyler posesses. QB play wont make or brake the Vols over the remainder of the schedule. To have any sniff of a chance, they've got to find some type of a running game to keep defenses honest and someone has to step up in the secondary. I'd love to see some surprises over the next few weeks, but the reality is that the Vols are going to do well to get to 7-5 or 6-6. Still fun to watch though and a blast to tailgate by the river in K-town. Go Vols!


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