The News Courier in Athens, Alabama


August 3, 2013

Auburn receiver carries on after mother's killing


That's why Bray's arrest on the campus of West Georgia last September during a traffic stop was so hard. He was charged for playing his music too loud and possession of alcohol by a minor, though police said he hadn't been drinking.

Bray said he grew from that experience, too.

"It was a good thing for me," he said. "It sounds crazy but it really was. It actually got my mind right to where like, you've got something that a lot of people don't have. So you have to man up and make the right decisions and do the right things. It was just a minor setback for a major comeback coming into this year. It was just a little setback."

Perhaps an important one, though.

Bray struggled last season when Auburn fell to 3-9 and Bray struggled to fit into the pro-style offense. His former offensive coordinator, Gus Malzahn, returned as head coach after one year at Arkansas State and brought with him the spread-style system that fits Bray's abilities.

Flowers said he and Bray had talked before the arrest "about his work ethic and him being nonchalant in that respect."

"I did see a change after that, because he was embarrassed," Flowers said. "He was embarrassed and he felt like he had let his little brother down and also he felt like he knew that his mother wouldn't be proud of him."

And that's one thing Bray can't stomach.

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