No shake-up was planned.
And it appears one won't be necessary, either.
Tyler Bray showed off a rocket arm, made a handful of impressive throws and officially picked up the win while leading the White to a 16-7 victory over the Orange to close out spring practice for Tennessee. And though at times the true freshman appeared to be closing ground between himself and presumed starter Matt Simms, Saturday's festivities at Neyland Stadium likely didn't change coach Derek Dooley's depth chart any under center.
"With the quarterbacks, this game is always kind of tough," Dooley said. "Especially in our situation with Matt and Tyler, they're very different in the things they do well. It's hard to really shape and game plan to fit their strengths, and so that's why you don't want to put too much on this game.
"You do see some physical skills, a couple of decisions we're disappointing, and we've got to get better at that. But that doesn't have anything to do with the game plan."
The long-term plan for Dooley was to never put too much stock in any one practice or scrimmage, and for the most part the Vols were content to just let things play out at quarterback all spring without rushing to judgment.
The short-term one on Saturday seemed to call for as many final looks as UT could get on Simms and Bray, who combined to throw 66 passes against just 36 total carries for the running backs.
That sample produced some positives for both. Simms showed good chemistry with Gerald Jones and improvised one long throw to the senior receiver to set up a 6-yard touchdown pass on an impressive drive. Bray didn't show any nerves and delivered a strike on his touchdown toss as well, drilling Denarius Moore from 3 yards out with a ball right on the money.
It also had it's share of negatives - like some miscommunication and turnover issues for Simms and occasional wildness for Bray's rifle arm. So even though Bray's 18-for-40, 200-yard effort without an interception looks a little better than 12-for-26 for 125 yards and three picks for Simms, it probably wasn't enough to change the order that the rest of spring established.
"I was real pleased with (Bray's) presence out there," Dooley said. "He's really a high school senior, wasn't nervous, nothing jittery and performed the way he'd been performing all spring. I think that says a lot about him.
"He made some good throws, and then he missed some throws. So he did a good job today. I think what it did (show) was, he played how we expected him to play and I think that's good. What didn't happen was a little regression, and I think that's good."
The next step for the Vols will be seeing some progression out of both quarterbacks, and they each have plenty of room for that.
Bray will almost certainly spend the summer bulking up, and he may also need to work out some of his inconsistency in terms of accuracy. Simms will be continuing to dive into the playbook and trying to cut down on costly mistakes, and he'll have at least one fresh in his mind after an ill-advised attempt on second down late in the fourth quarter killed any chance of a comeback for the Orange.
"I definitely wanted to be in this position, but obviously I still have a long way to go," Simms said. "Really, I'm just not going to dwell so much on what I did this spring right now. But what do I need to improve upon? Learn the offense more and the progressions and become a more complete player.
"I'm not going to worry about it right now at this moment. I'm just going to relax and take it easy for the first night off that we have, enjoy my father (former NFL quarterback Phil Simms) who's in town and hang out with him for a little bit - see if he can get his mind off the game a little bit, too. We'll see about that. There's definitely a lot of things to work on, and I'm just looking forward to the summer."