Bray, Vols inch closer to bowl game

It’s true the schedule has eased up considerably in the past month, but it’s also true that freshman quarterback Tyler Bray has helped give Tennessee a reason to believe again.

Bray threw three more touchdown passes Saturday in a 52-14 romp over an Ole Miss team that looks like it might be on the verge of packing it in for the season.

Tennessee, on the other hand, is heading in the other direction -- and doing it with a ton of first-year players.

Bray has thrown eight touchdown passes in his last two games. He connected twice Saturday with fellow true freshman Justin Hunter, and especially on offense for the Vols, the future is out there on the field for all to see.

They started the season with the youngest offensive line in the SEC, and it has only gotten younger as the season has progressed with several more freshmen being added to the rotation.

The Vols (4-6, 1-5) now have a very realistic shot of playing their way into a bowl game, which would be invaluable for a team with as many first-year starters as Tennessee has in its two-deep rotation.

Just the extra practice time alone would be a huge plus for the Vols, who still have to beat Vanderbilt on the road next week and then Kentucky at home the final week of the regular season to qualify for a bowl game.