Two weeks ago, Tennessee was poised to re-enter the world of the college football elites. Florida was visiting Knoxville. ESPN’s “College GameDay” program was in town. Tickets were going for hundreds of dollars.
And then they went and played the game. Final score: Florida 37, Tennessee 20. Result: An eighth straight loss to the Gators and a ticked off Volunteer fanbase.
Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray caught some of the brunt for the defeat. Specifically, his body language was judged as being poor in the second half as Florida zipped past him and his fellow Volunteers. When a team pours on 24 straight points — as the Gators did — fans are looking for signs of quit.
“I won’t say we got scared, but we just disappeared. We weren’t ourselves.
The whole team kind of met up and talked about how we let down and kind of crawled in a shell.”
Tailback Marlin Lane says Bray’s body language against UF was nothing out of the ordinary: “… That’s just him every day. We’re around him every day so we know his personality. He’s a laid-back person.”
But Bray’s talk of disappearing, letting down and crawling into a shell against Florida likely won’t do much to raise the confidence level of UT fans as they prepare for another possible statement game this weekend at Georgia.