The decision still won't come for months.
But Tennessee is doing everything it can to stockpile information to help make it.
The Vols hardly waste a second in drills with the quarterbacks, firing passes in rapid order and packing in as many reps as they can. And with at least one day off between each practice, UT also isn't really bothering keeping track of how many that might be.
The coaching staff doesn't have a pitch count on anybody trying to take over the Vols offense, which not only provides plenty to evaluate but also gives the quarterbacks a few more shots to present their case side-by-side.
"(Offensive coordinator Jim) Chaney's philosophy is that you're not going to get better (without throwing)," senior Nick Stephens said after Saturday's morning practice. "To get better, you have to throw a lot of balls. It's not more about talking, he said reps are what's going to get us better.
"He's staying on that game plan, and that's what we're doing. We're throwing a lot more every day, and I think that's going to help us out a lot. This is what we like to do."
Spring should be a blast for them then, because Chaney and new coach Derek Dooley could have a tough call to make this fall and they're not going to do it without seeing as many throws as possible.
The volume of attempts was considered fairly standard by Dooley's estimation on Saturday, so he hasn't necessarily gone out of his way to give Stephens, transfer Matt Simms or freshman Tyler Bray extra reps for the sake of accumulating film. But compared to practices last year, the tempo and chances to show off through the air both seemed higher.
"We'll keep modifying it and we'll evaluate it every day and keep modifying the reps, making sure everybody gets good opportunity," Dooley said. "It depends on the periods, but we try not to be out here too long. The only way you do that is to have a lot of reps, because you have to have a certain number of reps to have an effective practice.
"We try to operate at a pretty fast tempo when we can, some periods we slow it down, some we move pretty quickly."
Early in Dooley's second workout with UT, the latter was much more common.
The Vols worked through the roster quickly, taking snaps one after the other without much stopping for instruction. They often worked in tandem, throwing to opposite sides of the field as they checked off routes on the passing tree. At one point they even mirrored each other head-to-head during a session designed to work on the running game.
That portion won't really do much to determine the better passer, but it still helped hammer home the main message for the spring - every snap is being watched, and UT is trying to take the absolute maximum.
"We don't like handing the ball off," Stephens joked. "You know, as much as some people might not like to hear that, to come out here and do what we do, it's a blessing to be able to come out here and be healthy and throw as many balls as we do and not be sore like I thought I would.
"We're having a great time, and I think we're getting better at the same time."
The Vols would hardly want to limit either of those things for the quarterbacks. So for now, there's also no cap on their attempts.
Schedule: UT's first day in pads will be Tuesday. The Vols will practice in pads for the remainder of spring camp with the exception of one practice in shorts to tune up for the Orange and White Game on April 17.