Tennessee QB Tyler Bray leaving school early for NFL Draft

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QB Tyler Bray is leaving Tennessee to put his name into April’s NFL Draft, a source tells CBS. Bray has a reputation as a bit of head case. You might even classify him as (with apologies to “Bull Durham”) a million dollar arm, ten cent head. Or perhaps this draft’s version of Ryan Mallett, Ryan Leaf, Jimmy Claussen etc.

So now that Bray’s Vols career is over, where will he end up?

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#38 Tennessee Volunteers: College Football 77 in 77

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Is there any team in the country that benefits more from a more doable schedule than the Tennessee Volunteers? Not that their SEC schedule is forgiving, but this year they get Miss St. and Mizzou instead of LSU and Alabama. That’s right, the toughest two teams in all of college football are replaced by one mediocre and one decent team.

Now if only the Vols can establish the run and augment their defense offense to complement the NFL arm and high attack passing game of QB Tyler Bray. They also have the best receivers in the SEC, so expect them to be fun to watch, to say the least.

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#2 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Tennessee Volunteers: Brutally Honest Game Preview

You can argue that any of these three teams (LSU Tigers, Oklahoma Sooners and Alabama Crimson Tide) are the true kings of college football. Each of them have a legit case to be #1. The Oklahoma State Cowboys, Wisconsin Badgers and Boise State Broncos belong in the discussion too. Don’t forget about the Stanford Cardinal either.

My choice in the preseason remains the same today- ‘Bama. They have the most pure talent of anyone, and that is an NFL defense they have. The Tide could probably do a much better job than the New England Patriots in opponents pass yards per game. You could just say I have a man-crush on this entire team.

If that’s possible. I think it is.

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#40 Tennessee Volunteers: College Football 77 in 77


Have you ever heard the classic country tune “red necks, white socks and blue ribbon beer?” I wish it was about by hometown White Sox. Cuz when I’m at games I certainly see lots of red necks, who’s taste in beer is blue ribbon or below. But nonetheless Knoxville, TN is a town with lots of blue collar jobs and love for country music.

But the Tennessee Volunteers play “white collar football.”

I figured since everyone calls run-oriented teams “blue-collar” (yes, it is an annoying cliche) I would call pass-oriented teams “white collar.” And the Volunteers were last in the SEC in rushing, and 8th in conference against the run. However, 30th in the nation at over 250 ypg passing, that’s white collar enough for me.

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NCAA College Football Fun Police Getting WAY Out of Control


As we are currently deep in the heart of BCS bowl season, we’re witnessing a new college football protocol even more nonsensical than the BCS; the arbitrary and capricious enforcement of their “no fun league” rules.

Let’s start with the flagging of K-State wide receiver Adrian Hilburn in the Pinstripe Bowl. He was penalized for merely saluting the crowd. What if he had done this in the Bell Helicopters Armed Forces Bowl, or the Northrup Grumman Military Bowl? Are you allowed to salute in one of the military-industrial complex bowls? This is the first bowl season featuring all three service academies. Would a referee dare penalize a player on Air Force, Navy or Army for a hallowed gesture of reverence and respect?

I hope not. But then again the NCAA is being extremely arbitrary and capricious here. In the same exact game, Tennessee QB Tyler Bray did the Brian Wilson-in-the-World Series style “throat slash” gesture to celebrate a touchdown. He was not flagged.

By Paul M. Banks

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