"I would have liked to have one," said Phillips after Saturday's Blue-White Game won 60-25 by the offense.
Going into the intrasquad scrimmage than ended spring practice, senior Mike Hartline seemed to have the upper hand over sophomore Morgan Newton and redshirt freshman Ryan Mossakowski to regain the starting job he lost last year when he was hurt.
However, he was 11-for-24 for 124 yards and one touchdown Saturday with one interception and one sack.
Newton was 6-for-12 passing for 92 yards and one interception and ran four times for 45 yards while Mossakowski was 6-for-13 for 37 yards with two sacks. "I think they (Newton and Mossakowski) caught up. I liked the way they played in the stadium the last two scrimmages," Phillips said. "They played well and closed the gap more than Mike cam back to them. I am happy with the their progress. Day one, there were some concerns for me."
Still, he's not close to naming a starter for the season-opening game at Louisville.
"It's way too close to decide in April," Phillips said. "We are going to carry this competition on in August and hope we can come to a decision quickly."
He insisted he wasn't disappointed and could win with any of the three even though it might limit the offense a little more if Newton or Mossakowski started because they lack Hartline's experience. "They all commanded respect in the huddle and managed the line of scrimmage," Phillips said.
"All three were able to get themselves out of trouble with their legs. We knew Morgan had the ability with his legs to erase bad plays, but I was happy to see Moss and Mike move around. When you move and press the line, you have a chance to make big plays."
Newton threw an interception in the end zone to end the first half, but played better than he had earlier in spring practice.
"For the most part, I improved and the offense improved," Newton said. "A lot individually just depends on how the timing is. But I was able to make some plays."
Newton said the quarterbacks never expected Phillips to name a starting quarterback when spring practice ended.
"The drama is exhilarating," Newton joked. "We've had a good time with it. It's all fun. We absolutely did not expect to know who would be No. 1 today. It's hard to tell when we will know. The coaches may have a good idea how things will be going into (preseason) camp, but we know they will figure things out then."