The NFL expert raved about spinning.
Tennessee coach Derek Dooley prefers to reference ballistics.
Matt Simms just calls it throwing, and the Vols quarterback doesn't have a special way to describe his spirals.
But by any name, the way the football was coming out of his hands last week as a counselor at the Manning Passing Academy at at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La., certainly created a buzz around the favorite to win UT's starting job that the junior transfer hasn't had since arriving on campus.
"I don't really know how to explain it," Simms said Tuesday. "You know, I've thrown a lot of footballs in my life and just kind of learned how to throw a spiral pretty well. Over the years I've developed how to throw it pretty hard and kind of like a baseball, and that's just repetition.
"Really, I threw it good and blah, blah, blah. But the experience of hanging out with Eli and Peyton (Manning) and hearing different football stories from kids from all over the country was awesome. It was an awesome experience to be out there with a lot of high-profile quarterbacks who have established themselves as good quarterbacks, especially guys like (Alabama's Greg) McElroy and (LSU's) Jordan Jefferson in the SEC."
It certainly didn't hurt that he might have outshined both of those established arms either, and Simms definitely opened some eyes in the process.
ESPN's Chris Mortensen called him the "wow guy" on Twitter after watching him throw in a skills competition he narrowly lost, praising Simms for his arm strength, accuracy and spinning ability. McElroy also told Mortensen he wished he "had an arm like that."
Obviously there's more to playing the position than just natural talent, and for the most part there haven't been any real doubts that Simms has plenty of it.
But by his own admission Simms was missing a couple of other pieces as he tried to assert himself in a battle with Tyler Bray during his first spring with the Vols, though he's expecting more breakthroughs like he had in Louisiana now that he's settling in at UT.
"It's been different because in the spring, it was kind of like I just wanted people to believe in me even though I didn't really know what I was doing," Simms said. "Now, finally I know what I'm doing. So, really you should listen to me because I've got a better grasp of what's going on. You can ask all the coaches and all the players, I've definitely made a huge leap this summer, and that was my goal just to become more accurate with the football, better decision-making and to be quick but not to hurry.
"Probably 60 percent of the time I was lost. I just tried to convince the guys around me that I wasn't, just so they would have some sort of comfort with me in the huddle. That was definitely one of the tougher parts for me in the spring, but I played it off pretty well and I was able to survive."
The Vols will need him to do more than merely survive if a young offense is going to get off the ground against a difficult schedule.
But at least by now there shouldn't be questions about whether Simms has a big enough gun for the job.
"When we evaluate quarterbacks, one of the criteria I use is what I call his 'ballistics,' " Dooley said. "Imagine a bullet coming out of a gun. That's phenomenal ballistics, the physics of the spin and when it fires how tight the spiral is, how wound up the ball is. Matt does spin it well.
"I go on what I see, so if Chris Mortensen would have come back and said Matt Simms looked terrible, it wouldn't have changed how I felt about Matt. I've always been extremely impressed with Matt's maturity, I've been extremely impressed with his physical stature on the field, he does spin it very well and he has since he got here. I think probably the reason he's a surprise out there is because nobody has even talked about Matt Simms."
The conversation has officially started now, even if it's not all in the exact same language.