Former Tennessee Volunteers Tyler Bray and Da’Rick Rogers will take the field on Sunday as adversaries for the first time in their careers.
Bray and Rogers played together at Tennessee during the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Rogers had a breakout season with Bray at the helm in 2011, catching 67 passes for 1040 yards.
Rogers was set to be part of a ridicilous offense in 2012, that would’ve featured Corderralle Patterson, Justin Hunter and Mychal Rivera, in addition to Bray and Rogers.
Unfortunately for Vol fans, that wasn’t to be the case. Rogers was suspended indefinitely shortly before the season and played the 2012 season at Tennessee Tech, before declaring early for the NFL draft.
Bray also declared early for the draft and both players went undrafted. Rogers was signed by the Buffalo Bills (he was later waived and signed by the Colts), while Bray was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs.
Rogers finally got his chance a few weeks ago, seeing his first game action with the Colts against the Tennessee Titans. A week later he broke out against the Bengals, catching six passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns.
Tyler Bray has yet to see the field as an active player, serving as the Chiefs’ third quarterback for each game thus far.
The fact that Bray made the team as the third quarterback is a victory in itself. The former Vol was expected to lose out to Ricky Stanzi, but Bray easily won the job and has received a good amount of praise from Chiefs head coach Andy Reid.
This is the second week in a row that Bray will face off against a former teammate. Last week he took on former Vols tight end (and fellow rookie) Mychal Rivera of the Oakland Raiders.
In addition to Bray and Rogers, Sunday’s game will also feature former Vols Eric Berry (Chiefs), Dustin Colquitt (Chiefs), Montori Hughes (Colts) and Aubrayo Franklin (Colts).