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Vol QB Struggles In Second Scrimmage

College Football News
Posted Apr 11, 2010


The youngest son of Super Bowl XXI Quarterback – MVP and CBS NFL Commentator Phil Simms went 8 of 25 for 100 yards, a TD and an INT during the scrimmage.

By: BE Coleman

After senior Nick Stephens left the football team on Thursday, found JUCO transfer Matt Simms feeling the pressure as the teams number one signal caller during the second scrimmage for Tennessee.

Simms first day running the Volunteer offense ended with a 32% completion rate.

The youngest son of Super Bowl XXI Quarterback – MVP and CBS NFL Commentator Phil Simms went 8 of 25 for 100 yards, a TD and an INT during the scrimmage.

"As it (the scrimmage) went on, I definitely feel like I finished strong. I'm just a little disappointed in myself for the way I started out," said Simms

The junior did not sway from the fact that his performance was lacking, neither did his coach Derek Dooley.

I haven't watched the film and I'm not quick to judge, but I would agree with Matt," noted Dooley. "I think that was a good assessment of him. He looked a little anxious, wasn't as accurate as I know he wants to be, so we'll look at the film and see why and (then) go to the next day."

With Stephens departure and 6-7 freshman Tyler Bray’s lanky frame, it appears that Simms will likely be the teams number one pick heading into preseason camp. As it presently stands, Bray can not entertain an SEC level hit weighing in at 190 lbs.

If Bray can consume 6000 calories a day during summer to add 25 pounds of bulk, then things can change when the dog days of summer two-a-days hit full swing. His depth of the full field and his accuracy are commanding points.

"Tyler did some good things; he is a very accurate thrower,” said Dooley. He's got a good command, but he also makes a lot of true freshman mistakes".

Dooley commented that Bray would not see any increase in snaps." We don't make judgments on one practice (or scrimmage). "Matt’s “been progressing very well, for 10 practices he really shown improvement and he probably hit a little dip today."

Bray finished his day with a 10 of 19 effort, good for 87 yards, TD, and an INT. In the first scrimmage Simms went 6 of 20 for 83, TD, and an INT. Bray went 8 of 13 for 69 yards, a TD, and an INT.

Simms first effort mimicked his second with a 30% completion average, while Bray stayed closer to consistent at 61.5% last week and 52.6% on Saturday.

"There won’t be any stories, and I don't expect Matt to transfer on Monday," added an extrasensory Dooley parlaying to Stephens decision.

Simms said he talked to (O-C Jim) Chaney about his performance, “I was telling him that I started off bad, and he was like, ' Did you? Because I already forgot about it,' “ said Chaney.

The Volunteers have three regular practices before spring culminates this Saturday with the Orange and White Game.


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