"It was a little slow," said Phillips after his team's third day of spring practice. "I don't know if it was (the first day in) pads or the weather. Our intensity went down once the rain came."
The windy, rainy weather didn't cause Phillips to scale back practice. However, other than redshirt freshman defensive end Tristian Johnson, Phillips didn't like the way his team maintained the faster practice pace he has initiated after taking over from Rich Brooks.
"I would like to see more players like Tristian Johnson flying to the ball," Phillips said. "We've got to practice better and faster. We can't afford to waste any practices. We have young gets that need the reps."
Phillips thought all three quarterbacks did well considering the weather conditions that dominated the final half of practice.
"All three did some good things. There was not much separation (among the three) today," the coach said.
While offensive coordinator Randy Sanders has said he would like to have his top two quarterbacks established by the time spring practice ends, Phillips said it would have been a surprise if he had seen significant separation this early.
"If we would have, it would have been a surprise," Phillips said. "They are all close. We have two that have won in this league and a talented freshman. That's a nice problem to have."