Tyler Bray has been through a spring practice and three weeks of fall camp.
But as the Tennessee quarterback showed in Saturday afternoon's scrimmage inside Neyland Stadium, he's still a freshman.
"Tyler struggled today," Vols coach Derek Dooley said. "His freshmanitis really showed - clocks, situations, don't take a sack, throw it away, let's go, call the right play."
UT's third preseason scrimmage focused heavily on situational work, specifically four-minute situations when the offense is protecting a lead, and two-minute hurry-up situations.
Both exposed Bray's inexperience, as he was responsible for four interceptions.
"I've been there before," said quarterback Matt Simms, Bray's elder counterpart. "Some days it's just rough."
Dooley has stressed throughout fall camp Bray's struggles with managing the offense, which is what has the junior Simms ahead of Bray in UT's quarterback race.
"It's the ability to process the situation," Dooley said. "It's not just like (Bray) made a good decision versus he made a bad one, it's a whole managing the offense deal. It's hard."
For what the 6-foot-6, 210-pound Bray has physically with arm strength and accuracy, he's still struggling to grasp the mental side of playing quarterback, something that may require an adjustment from his coaches.
"When I talk about as coaches our balance of pushing the envelope schematically versus keeping it clean and tight and easy so the players can play fast," Dooley said, "there's no better example than with Tyler.
"Knowing what you've got to put on a quarterback to really be successful and win versus you do too much on him and take away all the things he does well, that's what we're going to have to really evaluate now going forward with how we manage him."
Simms, who threw his first scrimmage interception on a deflection and catch by defensive end Gerald Williams, knows from experience what Bray's next step must be.
"The biggest thing that I've learned," he said, "is when stuff does go wrong, to forget about it and move on," Simms said. It's really easy to say that, but it's tough to do sometimes in your head, especially at quarterback because you're in your own little world back there."
"I'm not here to beat up Tyler, he's (gotten) better," Dooley said.
"We put him in about nine situations where you've got to go win the game or don't screw it up, and it's tough on a true freshman."
Jumbled Mess: Dooley sounded exasperated when asked about his situation at defensive tackle, as a clear second starter alongside Montori Hughes has yet to emerge.
"It's going to be like that for 12 weeks," he said. "We're just going to play a bunch of guys."
Jackson Behind: Dooley was glad to have Janzen Jackson back for his first taste of live scrimmage action, though the sophomore safety showed rust after missing a week of practice with a hamstring injury.
"It was extremely important (having him back), and he's very behind," Dooley said.
"He hurt us a lot today because he missed so much practice, you could tell - made a lot of mental errors. He's going to need a ton of work."
Status Update: Safety Brent Brewer (groin) and linebacker Austin Johnson (ankle) were injured in Saturday's scrimmage. The extent of those injuries was unknown.
Linebacker Greg King and fullback Kevin Cooper also did not scrimmage Saturday.
Freshman receiver Justin Hunter, who's still awaiting the resolution of an issue with the NCAA Clearinghouse, also is working to strengthen a sore foot he injured during track last spring.
Patrick Brown is a freelance contributor.