Vols have a quarterback controversy

The Tennessee quarterback situation could get very interesting over the next month.

Matt Simms, who's started all season, was pulled in Saturday's 38-24 loss to South Carolina after losing a couple of fumbles. True freshman Tyler Bray finished the game, and Simms made it known afterward that he wasn't happy about getting the hook.

"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."

Bray's first possession resulted in an interception that was returned for a touchdown by the Gamecocks. He came back from that pick, though, and played pretty well.

"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."