Tyler Bray era on Rocky Top set to commence in earnest

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Matt Simms was very cranky and a tad bit whiny after being pulled out of Tennessee’s loss to South Carolina Saturday.  The JUCO transfer is really gonna be miffed when he takes a look at the Volunteers’ updated depth chart.

According to multiple tweets from various UT beat writers, freshman Tyler Bray is now listed as the Volunteers starting quarterback for this weekend’s game on the road at Memphis.

Head coach Derek Dooley has a scheduled meeting with the media later today, and is expected to address the change at the QB situation.

Bray replaced Simms on the second drive of the third quarter and, after tossing a pick six on his very first pass attempt, settled in very nicely.  Bray ended up completing 9-of-15 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns in less than two full quarters of work, and obviously showed enough to Dooley and his offensive coaching staff to allow them to pull a trigger on a change.

Following the loss, Simms let his petulance show by tossing his lineman and Bray under the bus, as well as questioning the wisdom of the staff in making the change.

“Nothing much I can do about getting hit in the back and the guy stripping the ball from me,” Simms said. “That’s one of the better defensive lines in the conference and you know … hey, if you get hit a lot, sometimes the ball comes out. Other than that, I thought I played really well. Didn’t turn the ball over besides those. It wasn’t like I dropped back and threw it to the other team.”

“I wish I could say that I’m definitely the starting quarterback,” Simms said. “It’s unfortunate they took me out. I felt like I played really well. I feel like I could have made all those throws, because we had guys wide open down the middle of the field. I feel like I’m a good enough quarterback to make those plays, and I’m just still upset that I got taken out like that.”

Yeah, Simms is gonna take this benching really, really well.

(Insert eye roll here)