The Tennessee quarterbacks definitely aren't opposites.
They aren't exactly carbon-copies either.
It's tempting to lump Matt Simms and Tyler Bray into the same category based on their size, arms and similar speed that disqualifies them as dual-threats for the Vols. But now armed with 15 practices of film to break down heading into his first fall and major quarterback battle, new coach Derek Dooley isn't having any trouble telling them apart.
"I mean, look, the fact of the matter is we have two quarterbacks who are very different," Dooley said. "They do different things, and I'm not saying one is better than the other, but they're different."
Perhaps not drastically, but enough that the Vols would have to do a few things differently on offense depending on who's leading them.
Simms has shown better ability to make plays with his feet, and the junior-college transfer appears better suited and more comfortable outside the pocket and making throws on the move. One of his best throws of the spring came that way, improvising on a deep play-action pass to Gerald Jones while rolling to his right that set up a touchdown in the Orange and White Game.
Bray almost exactly fits the prototype for a traditional passer, starting with his 6-foot-6 size and big-league arm. The true freshman turned heads with his strong finish in the closing scrimmage, mostly by showing off his velocity on more traditional patterns from within the confines of the pocket.
"Well, Matt actually can do a lot more with his feet," Dooley said. "Some guys, you see them, you just watch them and see what they do well and what they don't do well play-wise. They do different things better.
"I think it's fair to say Tyler is a pure, traditional, drop-back pocket guy. He's comfortable back there. I think Matt likes a little more movement, and quarterbacks are all different."
Dooley still has more to find out about both of them, and he has made clear that he won't rush into a decision to name a starter in the fall. UT could even wait to make a call until the week before the season opener.
And though an offensive game plan would certainly be designed to play to the strengths of whoever ultimately wins the job, there are still enough similarities between Simms and Bray that the Vols wouldn't have to make sweeping changes either way.
"It's important that we shape what Matt can do well and we call it to give him a chance, instead of saying, 'Well, you've got to run that play,' " Dooley said. "It's the same thing with Tyler.
"I don't think (there's any hurry to pick one) because our system allows for it."
That approach might change subtly depending on who ends up under center since the candidates aren't identical. But Simms and Bray also aren't on opposite poles either.
Cody Sullins Honored: Cody Sullins was recognized all last season for his intelligence on the field. The former UT center earned the same praise off it this week.
The walk-on turned starter in the middle of the offensive line is one of 620 players to qualify for membership in the National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society, which is open to players from all divisions with a 3.2 grade-point average or higher as a starter in his last year of eligibility.