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Dooley addresses Bray's "silly behavior"

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NASHVILLE (WRCB) -- Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray apologized to his teammates and will be punished internally after his involvement in a pair of vandalism incidents in the past week.

Head coach Derek Dooley addressed the situation Thursday at UT's All-Sports Picnic at Lipscomb's Allen Arena, saying he was disappointed in his Bray's actions.

"It is what it is. It's a silly incident that shouldn't have happened with a little better judgement," Dooley said. "You handle it and hopefully he'll learn and move on. He's made some progress in a lot of areas, but that's just silly behavior."

Dooley said he takes all bad publicity for his team very seriously, but later added: "Obviously his accuracy is not where it needs to be because he missed the trash can."

Bray's name surfaced in two separate police reports about two car vandalism earlier this week, including one in which he is accused of throwing beer bottles from a balcony. Bray has not be charged, and has offered to pay for damage to one of the vehicles.

Dooley and Bray were together at SEC Media Days just last week, where the Vols' coach praised his quarterback's maturity and efforts to become more of a leader on the team.

"Probably wouldn't be talking about this if it wasn't Tyler Bray and he wasn't a quarterback at Tennessee," Dooley said. "That's just understanding that role and how big it is. The silliest things you might do will be publicized and can be a negative deal."

Dooley did not elaborate on his message to Bray, and considered the matter closed heading into the start of fall camp next week.

"It's just silly, pre-pubescent behavior," Dooley said. "If you expect to manage 105 college men with different value sets, testosterone levels and entitlement issues and think you won't have any issues, then you're going to go gray and pull your hair out.

"But when you're prepared for it, you do everything you can to prevent it from happening but still know that it's part of coaching. There hasn't been one coach in the history of football that's been able to solve teenage behavior."

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