Monday, July 18, 2011

Tauren Poole, Tyler Bray named to Walker, O’Brien watch lists

The Tennessee offense was totally passed over by conference coaches.

One day later, two of its leading playmakers earned some attention from folks around the country.

Both quarterback Tyler Bray and running back Tauren Poole were among the many Vols not to earn a spot on the preseason All-SEC teams as voted on by the coaches on Thursday, but Friday morning both were confirmed as potential candidates for much bigger awards.

Bray, on the heels of his breakout finish to his freshman season, was tabbed for the Davey O'Brien Award watch list, an honor that goes annually to the nation's top quarterback.

Poole was one of eight rushers from the SEC named to the list for the Doak Walker Award, surely part of the reason the senior missed out on a preseason slot on the coaches team given the crowded backfield in the league.

Both Bray and Poole had already earned spots on the list for the Maxwell Award, which goes to college football's most outstanding player.

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