|No. 9 Kansas City Chiefs|
|Date of birth:||December 27, 1991|
|Place of birth:||Clovis, California|
|Height:||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Weight:||232 lb (105 kg)|
|High school:||Kingsburg (CA)|
|Career NFL statistics|
Tyler Ian Bray (born December 27, 1991) is an American football quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). After playing his college football at the University of Tennessee, he declared himself eligible for the 2013 NFL Draft, where he went undrafted.
Bray attended Kingsburg High School in Kingsburg, California. As a senior, he led his team to a perfect 13–0 season while throwing for 3,321 yards with 41 touchdowns. While being recruited, he was considered the seventh best pro-style quarterback recruit by Rivals.com and 26th best by Scout.com. Bray chose to accept Tennessee's offer after he had already verbally committed to San Diego State. He also chose Tennessee over Fresno State and Louisville.
In his freshman season in 2010, Bray played against UT-Martin, Georgia, Alabama, and LSU. He threw for 303 yards with 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions those appearances. Bray started his first career game on November 6 against the Memphis Tigers, replacing Matt Simms. The Vols earned their first victory in 5 tries, 50–14, while Bray went 19–33 for 325 yards, five touchdowns, and no interceptions and set Tennessee football records for most yards (308) and touchdowns (5) in a half. The next week against Ole Miss, Bray finished 18–34 for 323 yards with 5 touchdowns as the Vols destroyed the Rebels 52–14. In his first SEC start on the road Bray completed 16–27 passes for 232 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions in a win over the Vanderbilt Commodores 24–10. During the final home game against Kentucky, Bray led Tennessee to a 24–14 victory while going 20–38 for 354 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Bray led the Vols to a 4–0 record in November, making them bowl eligible at 6–6. Tennessee was selected to play in the Music City Bowl in Nashville where Bray completed 27–45 passes for 312 yards, 4 touchdowns and 3 interceptions in a 27–30 2OT loss against the North Carolina Tar Heels. He finished the season 125-of-224 for 1,849 passing yards and 18 touchdowns, all Tennessee freshman records while also throwing 10 interceptions. Among 2010 freshman Division I quarterbacks, he ranked third in QB rating (142.73), tied for fourth in touchdowns, sixth in passing yards per game (205.4), and 10th in total yards.
Bray began the 2011 season with a 2–0 start with wins over Montana and Cincinnati. Bray completed 17–24 passes while throwing for 293 yards and 3 touchdowns during the opener against Montana as the Vols won 42–16. The next week against Cincinnati, Bray improved upon this by completing 34–41 passes for 405 yards and 4 touchdowns as the Vols won 45–23, breaking Peyton Manning's record by throwing at least two touchdown passes in 8 consecutive games. Bray also had the second highest completion percentage ever recorded in a game by a Tennessee QB of 82.9%, second to Tee Martin's 95.8% against South Carolina in 1998. For the third game of the season, Bray and the Volunteers were faced with the daunting task of facing the Florida Gators, a team Tennessee had not beaten in six years. On Tennessee's opening drive sophomore receiver Justin Hunter went down with a torn ACL. The attitude of the team was noticeably different due to the absence of Hunter and the Vols ended up losing to Florida 33–23 in the Swamp. Bray finished the day 26–48 for 288 yards and 3 touchdowns with 2 interceptions. Week 4 involved the Buffalo as Bray threw for 342 yards and 4 touchdowns and cruised to an easy victory, 41–10. Week 5 brought the Georgia Bulldogs to Neyland Stadium. Bray broke his thumb late in the game and would not return until the Vanderbilt game several weeks later. The Vols lost 20–12 as Bray threw for 251 yards with 0 touchdowns and 0 interceptions, with Matt Simms assuming quarterback duties late in the game. Because of his injury Bray would not play in the next 5 games (against LSU, Alabama, South Carolina, Middle Tennessee, and Arkansas). The Volunteers went 1–4 during Bray's absence. Tyler Bray came back during the Vanderbilt week and led the Vols to an upset win against the Commodores. Bray finished the day 16–33 for 189 yards and 2 touchdowns with 2 interceptions. The Vols won 27–21 in OT. In the final game of the season, the Vols lost to the Kentucky Wildcats 10–7, which was the program's first loss to Kentucky in 26 years. The Volunteers ended the season 5–7 and were not bowl eligible.
The 2012 season would be Bray's only season where he would start all 12 games for the Volunteers. On the year, Bray went 268-of-451 for 3,612 yards with 34 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Bray recorded a Tennessee-record 530 passing yards against Troy, breaking Peyton Manning's record of 523 versus Kentucky in 1997. His 3,619 passing yards rank as 11th in a single-season in SEC history. With 34 touchdown passes, he posted the seventh-most touchdown passes in a season in SEC history.
For Bray's career of 28 games, he landed on several Tennessee all-time career lists:
On January 9, 2013, Bray, along with college teammates Cordarrelle Patterson, Justin Hunter, and Darrington Sentimore, announced his intention to leave college early and declare for the 2013 NFL Draft.
|Ht||Wt||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 6 in||232 lb||5.05 s||4.51 s||7.20 s||8 ft 4 in|
|All values from NFL Scouting Combine|
During the 2013 preseason, Bray played in 3 of 4 games. The majority of his play came in the final preseason game against the Green Bay Packers. He completed 14 passes on 25 attempts and threw for 169 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 1 interception and played a key role in the Chiefs 30–8 win. Following the preseason, Bray made the final 53-man roster. Bray was inactive most of the season, until the Chiefs final regular season game against the San Diego Chargers when Bray was active for the first time in his career. Bray, however, did not play in the game.