"I can't separate them from any other position right now," Chaney said following Thursday's practice. "They're all battling for a spot, and they seem to be doing good. That's all I can say right now. It's too early to predict anything or judge, but it seems like they're developing fine."
Kiffin was equally positive and equally vague in his assessment.
"I think they're doing well," the head coach said Thursday evening. "I thought the first two practices were really good. Three and four were just OK but I thought they played well again today.
"I really like the way they're handling the huddle, the way they're handling the offense. You don't see many balls on the ground. You don't see hardly any false starts. I don't know if we had one all day today. That's a very hard thing to do in a new system with a new cadence, so I think they've done a great job and I think Coach (David) Reaves has done a great job of preparation with them up to this point."
The Vols will hold their first major scrimmage session of the spring Saturday at Neyland Stadium, with rising junior Nick Stephens – back from a fractured right wrist – possibly getting his first snaps of the spring behind center. Perhaps the coaches will offer a little more insight into the ongoing QB derby afterward.
Don't hold your breath, though. The staff seems awfully determined to keep this sensitive subject on the down-low.