Originally posted on Checkerboard Chatter  |  Last updated 9/29/12

Why use a picture from the 2011 Kentucky game to begin my column following the Vols 51-44 loss between the Hedges? Two reasons: 1) technical difficulties wouldn't allow me to upload a new pic and 2) it speaks to my point about the Vols leadership void anyway.

Rewind the clock back to November 2011. According to several sources, prior to the Vandy game Bray informed several upperclassmen that he wouldn't perform a 'cursory' workout because UT was going to a "crappy bowl anyway".

Turns out, Bray and the upperclassmen didn't have to worry about playing in a "crappy bowl game" after their utterly despicable performance against the quartback-less Wildcats who broke the nation's longest series winning streak by defeating a more talented Tennessee squad 10-7.

If you wanted to create a quartback in a lab, Bray would closely resemble the result physically. He is tall. He is athletic. He has a rocket right arm. However, for all his physical attributes, he appears devoid of numerous leadership qualities that separate good from great: composure, competitiveness, and unwavering courage. 

On the field, Bray has yet to demonstrate he can lead his team to a close win. Don't believe me? Dating back to the 2010 Music City Bowl, the Vols are 1-5 in games decided by 10 points or less when Bray starts. (And I'm giving Bray the benefit of the doubt by including last years' OT win against the Commodores- the decisive score coming from an Eric Gordon pick six.)

1-5. Numbers don't lie. Games decided by 10 points or less boil down to a couple possessions...just like tonight's loss in Athens. Though Sal Sunseri's defense surrendered a boatload of points and yards to the Bulldogs, they forced four consecutive 3 and outs down the stretch, giving Bray numerous opportunties to tie or possibly win the game.

His results: an INT, fumble, and INT. This performance, coupled with past performances on the field ('throat slash' in 2010 MCB) and off (beer bottle toss 2012) lead me to conclude that for all of the physical talent Bray possesses, it is apparent at this juncture in his playing career that he lacks critical leadership qualities.

I would have bet my entire savings account that Tim Tebow would have gotten the Vols into the endzone against UGA on one of three trips- EVEN IF HE WAS THROWING RIGHT HANDED!!!

Do you remember 'The Promise'? After losing to Ole Miss in 2008, Tebow stood in front of a packed press conference and promised, among other things, that "No one in the country will work harder than me, and no one will push his teammates harder down the stretch than me".

The result: Florida outscored their final 10 opponents by an average margin of 33.8 points per contest en route to notching the school's third National Championship.

I've got news for you Vol fans. Don't put the Tyler Bray book on Leadership on your Christmas list. I don't see it emerging anytime soon. 

And until he begins to exude some Tebow-like Leadership traits, don't expect the Vols to go bowling again either.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Kevin Durant is not to blame for the NBA’s lack of parity, and he knows it

Khloe Kardashian called out Cavs fan who mentioned ‘curse’

Warriors’ Mike Brown: Steve Kerr may be back for the Finals

Dodgers transfer Andrew Toles and Scott Kazmir to the 60-day disabled list

Looking back at 40 years of women racing in the Indianapolis 500

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

U.S. national soccer teams to wear LGBT-themed jerseys to celebrate pride month

Mike Zimmer: Teddy Bridgewater still has ‘long ways to go’

Turkey: Kanter a member of terrorist group, issues warrant

Report: Seahawks players feel Sherman bombshell story ‘nailed it’

Report: Clippers concerned about Chris Paul leaving to sign with Spurs

Patriots to sponsor Gay Bowl in Boston this fall

Best of Yardbarker: Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines

The 'More like Whiffer, Texas Ranger...amirite?' quiz

The Rewind: Vince Carter's graduation day celebration that wasn't

Manu Ginobili gave life to the San Antonio Spurs

Stanley Cup Final: A David vs. Goliath matchup that's not as lopsided as it may appear

Why the Indianapolis 500 is called 'the greatest spectacle in racing'

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Box Score 5/26: Bring on the Finals

Why wait? Our too soon Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals preview

Kicking It: East is East, and West is West

Three Up, Three Down: Some surprises way out (NL) West

The 'Let's go to the videotape!' quiz

College Football News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Best of Yardbarker: Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines

The 'More like Whiffer, Texas Ranger...amirite?' quiz

Stanley Cup Final: A David vs. Goliath matchup that's not as lopsided as it may appear

Manu Ginobili gave life to the San Antonio Spurs

The Rewind: Vince Carter's graduation day celebration that wasn't

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Kicking It: East is East, and West is West

Three Up, Three Down: Some surprises way out (NL) West

The 'Let's go to the videotape!' quiz

Why the Indianapolis 500 is called 'the greatest spectacle in racing'

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker