Tennessee coaches surprise players with fake injury to QB in scrimmage
Posted by: Chris Vannini on August 21, 2012
In Tennessee's situational scrimmage last week, Derek Dooley made sure every single one was covered.
That included a surprise fake injury to quarterback Tyler Bray, "forcing" backup Justin Worley to play more with the first-team offense.
"I thought at some point (Worley) needed to get in there with the ones so those guys could feel his command a little bit," Dooley said. "He's done a great job. He's made a lot of improvement, and he's moving in the pocket better, he's making the throws he needs to make and he's putting the ball in those guys' hands who can make some big plays."
After the scrimmage, Dooley emphasized his desire to have two quarterbacks capable of starting. Bray is considered to be one of the best quarterbacks in the SEC, so Dooley is able to focus more on improving the backup situation.
"The one thing I've learned over the years is you better have two quarterbacks going into the season, and I think we've got two pretty good quarterbacks heading into the season," Dooley said. "I just felt like Justin needed to have a heavy day out there, and he got it. We needed to go into this season where he's got a little confidence and feels like he can go take command of the offense if he needs to. I think the guys on the offense feel like that hopefully we won't miss a beat if he's in there."
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