Bray turned in one of the best halves of football in Tennessee history. The Kingsburg, Calif., native completed 17-of-28 passes for 308 yards and five touchdowns – all in the first half – to help the Vols to a 50-14 win at Memphis.
The UT freshman finished the game 19-of-33 for 325 yards with no interceptions, but it was his first 30 minutes that set school records for both yards and touchdowns in a half. Bray completed his TD passes to five different receivers -- Tauren Poole, Justin Hunter, Denarius Moore, Da’Rick Rogers and Gerald Jones -- as Tennessee carried a 40-7 advantage into the break.
“It helps when a defense can’t focus on just one receiver or one person and they have to worry about everyone,” Bray said. “It also helps if the receivers don’t feel as if they are decoys on routes and can expect the ball on every play.”
For the season, Bray is completing 55 percent of his passes (44-of-80) with seven touchdowns and three interceptions. Since throwing the third-quarter interception at South Carolina that was returned for a touchdown, Bray has completed 28-of-47 for 484 yards and seven touchdowns against no interceptions for a pass efficiency rating of 195.22.
“I’ve started to understand the offense a lot more and see the big picture, not just the routes and the receiver,” Bray said of his recent efforts. “I saw the defense and everything else that went along with it. No more thinking; just go out there and throw the ball.”