Matt Simms spent Tuesday evening answering questions.
The first round of queries came from reporters wondering how the Tennessee quarterback felt about receiving more first-team snaps this week in practice.
The second round came from his father, former Super Bowl MVP quarterback Phil Simms, who wondered if his son was keeping up the good work.
Phil Simms, who is now a football analyst with CBS, calls after most every practice. At times it's been creepy how soon he'll call after another UT workout.
There's been good news to report to the Simms family this week. UT's coaches awarded the junior with more work with the first team while freshman Tyler Bray will get more first- and second-team work.
And while no one is writing off any of the quarterbacks vying for the open positions, the message sent Tuesday was clear: senior Nick Stephens isn't unbeatable.
"It's a very tight battle. If this was a race, Usain Bolt wouldn't be in it," receiver Gerald Jones said, referring to the Olympic champion who regularly dominates other competitors. "It would be a neck-and-neck race."
Stephens had worked mainly with the first team until Tuesday, a day after UT's three top quarterbacks were told of the change in rotation.
"We're going to keep varying the reps so they all get equal opportunity," coach Derek Dooley said after practice.
Simms has won over some of his teammates, especially Jones, who appreciates how the transfer from El Camino Community College in Torrance, Calif., carries himself.
"I played for (former UT quarterbacks Erik) Ainge and (Jonathan) Crompton and he's a totally different quarterback," Jones said. "He has a different demeanor about himself. His swagger is positive. He's confident in himself and he's confident in the players around him."
That's quite a change for Simms, who admitted to confidence issues in the past amid the time he transferred from Louisville in 2009 to junior college.
Simms said he used to be a bit hard on himself after making a mistake. That changed thanks to some fatherly advice, the morale of which was to play fast, be confident and have fun.
"Be decisive," Simms said, recalling his dad's lessons. "Be confident even though you don't know exactly what you're doing. Just roll with it."
Then, there was some of the wide-ranging advice he received from his brother, Chris Simms, who is a backup quarterback for the Denver Broncos.
"You stink. You're good. You've got to get better," Matt Simms said with a smile as he rattled off snippets of conversations with his brother.
There's no doubt that all three quarterbacks could use improvement. Stephens is the only player with any SEC experience and he only has six career starts, all in 2008.
Stephens wasn't available for comment because of an evening class, but the shakeup has to be disconcerting, even if it's uplifting for Stephens' competitors. The sudden move with just two weeks left in spring practice proves that UT's new coaching staff isn't married to seniority.
"It definitely shows that they're watching and they're not afraid to make changes," said Simms, who will be a junior this season.
More changes might be afoot if Bray continues to develop now that he has a better supporting cast around him.
Bray was 8-of-13 for 69 yards, a touchdown and an interception in last Thursday's scrimmage. Stephens was 3-of-9 for 6 yards. Simms was 6-of-20 for 83 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
"(The stats) really did (stand out), and he's performing well," Dooley said of Bray, who enrolled at UT in January. "He hadn't had the same supporting cast, so he's really doing it with a tougher group around him. But he also doesn't have the same guys coming at him on defense.
"We're going to get him with some of the better guys and see if he can keep going."
Simms shared a short-term goal with the reporters asking questions on Tuesday, he'd like to start the Orange and White Game on April 17. But even if he does, he knows that won't mean much.
"I'm happy that I am getting more reps," Simms said, "but at the same time, we have a long way to go before we play our first game against Tennessee-Martin."
Austin Ward contributed to this report.