Tennessee's situational scrimmage on Saturday afternoon saw a lot of good.
It also saw a lot of bad.
And while inconsistency can be found at every position on the team, the heart of it lies under center for the Vols.
All four quarterbacks – Justin Worley, Josh Dobbs, Riley Ferguson and Nathan Peterman – showed at times they could be Tennessee's starting signal caller, but each also showcased their need for further growth.
And added consistency.
"We are always hoping to see more consistency," offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian said after Tuesday's practice at Haslam Field. "We want to continue to improve; we don't want to take two steps forward, one step back.
"Sure, you will have your error throws and a couple stumbles here and there, but you would rather it be once every 400 plays instead of once every 20 plays."
Bajakian also noted that Tennessee's current four-man competition isn't the perfect plan, but it will continue to work as long as all four members continue to show up every day and battle.
"To have a clear-cut starter who we could maximize reps for would be ideal," Bajakian said, "but the good part is they are all competing."
Pearson: From 'awful' to 'less awful'
It didn't take long for Von Pearson to become a big name on campus. His one-handed catch back on March 13 was named as the No. 9 play of the day in SportsCenter's Top 10, and the rest became history.
But while the anticipation to see Pearson in action continues to grow, the JUCO transfer from Feather River C.C. (Calif.) continues to learn.
After lackluster performances in scrimmages one and two for the Vols, Pearson shined in their third scrimmage on Saturday, as he was a consistent target in the passing game and even showcased his playmaking ability with a long touchdown run that was negated due to a holding penalty.
And the Newport News, Va., native's improvement has not gone unnoticed by his coaches.
"I think he's changed a bunch," wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni said after Tuesday's practice. "He was awful the first scrimmage, he was less awful the second scrimmage and he was a little bit less awful the third scrimmage, and I tease him with that. There was marked improvement from scrimmage one to scrimmage three, just on our style of play, the things that we do, our consistency.
"He's got so much energy and juice, it's hard to stay angry at him for more than about 10 seconds, so he's going to be fine. He's fun to coach."
The addition of Pearson, as well as fellow early enrollee Josh Malone, has helped open up an offense for the Vols that struggled to find consistent playmakers down the field in the passing game.
"(We're) a lot more explosive," Azzanni said. "We just have more weapons. We can do more things in the offense. We can formation things to get different guys the ball. That's huge. As a defense, if you just key in on one or two guys and they know every time they run the jet sweep it's getting ran to this guy, it takes away the some mystery.
"Now, I think we can do those things with a lot of guys, and that's fun."
D-line needs 'a bigger room'
Following the defensive line rotation for the Vols this spring is enough to make one's head hurt.
With players moving from linebacker to defensive end, defensive end to defensive tackle and what seems to be every other combination in the book, defensive line coach Steve Stripling has found himself asking head coach Butch Jones for "a bigger room" to hold all of these lineman.
For the past couple of days, Stripling has had to fit one more body into that room, as freshman Jakob Johnson, who started the spring at linebacker, has been working at defensive line to the admiration of the Vols' defensive line coach.
"Jakob has been with me a couple days; (it's) kind of an experiment," Stripling said. "I love him. He's going to get huge. ... He was out there battling today – he got called out at the end of practice for a little 'Circle of Life' by Coach Jones because he was mixing it up a little bit. He has a wonderful attitude.
"He's going to be a really good player."