Vols' quarterback concerns Gators


Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray (8) congratulates Zach Rogers after scoring on a 16-yard pass in the third quarter Saturday against Cincinnati in Knoxville. Tennessee won 45-23.

The Associated Press
Published: Monday, September 12, 2011 at 12:41 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, September 12, 2011 at 12:41 p.m.

Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray has Florida coach Will Muschamp's attention.

Bray is coming off throwing for a career-high 405 yards after completing 34-of-41 pass attempts for a school-record 82.9 percent in the 45-23 win over Cincinnati last Saturday. The performance earned Bray SEC offensive player of the week honors. Bray threw for four touchdowns, extending his streak of throwing two or more touchdown passes in a game to eight, eclipsing Peyton Manning's team record streak of seven consecutive multiple-touchdown games.

“Tyler Bray has played really good football,” Muschamp said during Monday's news conference. “He has explosive receivers.”




The Gators know they have to pressure the Vols' 6-foot-6, 210-pound QB.

“We need to get pressure with four guys rushing,” Muschamp said. “That's the best pass defense in America.''

Muschamp is counting on Ronald Powell to provide some of that pressure.

“We'd like to have more production,” from him, Muschamp said. “I talked to him about it yesterday.”

After a 2-0 start, the No. 16 Gators begin the SEC portion of their schedule at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in The Swamp against the Vols.

“It's a pivotal game because it's the next one, but it's also big because it's the SEC opener for both schools,” Muschamp said. “They come to a place like Florida to play in a game like this.”

UF's defensive front will get a boost with the return of lineman Sharrif Floyd.

“I'm looking forward to seeing him play,” Muschamp said. “We are excited to have him back.''

In other notes: Muschamp said running back Jeff Demps and tight end Jordan Reed “should be fine” after sitting out most of Saturday's game vs. UAB with apparent injuries. ... cornerback Jeremy Brown (knee) is trying to go this week. His injury is more serious than first thought. ... Freshman tight end A.C. Leonard (knee) will return today, Muschamp said. ... Receiver Stephen Alli didn't dress vs. UAB, Muschamp said because of a hamstring injury. Defensive end Lynden Trail didn't dress because he “needs to play better.” ... UF's game Sept. 24 at Kentucky is set for a 7 p.m. kickoff and will be televised on ESPN or ESPN2.

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