November 17th, 2011 01:16 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Tennessee
Tags: Jim Chaney, Nashville West End, Tyler Bray, UT
When the season began, most in the media expected Vanderbilt to win somewhere between two and four games. Most in the media expected Tennessee to win either six or seven contests.
In other words, this weekend’s matchup wasn’t supposed to mean very much. But, oh, does it. Vandy can become bowl eligible with a win and it can slam the door on UT’s bowl hopes. That’d be a heckuva twofer on Nashville’s West End.
The key to the game will likely be Vol quarterback Tyler Bray who’s trying to work his way back into the starting line-up after breaking his thumb in October. Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney doesn’t sound excited by the progress he’s seen:
“As you watch a kid who hasn’t thrown a football for four or five weeks, which you would expect, there are times when he looks okay, times when he looks really rusty — and you worry about those things. I don’t know what the rest of the week is going to add up to right now. He’s in and out. He looks good, okay. Sometimes he doesn’t look so good. It’s an iffy situation for us as we approach every day right now. … We’re just trying to get through it.”
It’s hard to imagine Tennessee trying to get through it without starting Bray on Saturday. His presence might give a floundering offense a quick injection of confidence. That is if he’s not too rusty or in too much pain to pass the ball accurately.
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