While three scholarship quarterbacks were on the practice field learning the new offense at the University of Tennessee on Tuesday, another one traveled from his Georgia home to see first hand how his practices would be in the fall.
UT 2010 signee Nash Nance and his current Calhoun teammate and future Vol teammate DaRick Rogers were present for the Vols first day in pads under Derek Dooley.
Nance came away impressed from his experience.
"I thought it was great," Nance told InsideTennessee.com. "I loved the high tempo of practice. I got to see a lot of the younger players stepping up making plays. That's a very welcome sight, seeing all the young players being playmakers already."
Nance realized it was just the first day for the Vols in pads, but left impressed with the entire coaching staff's approach to how they run their program.
"Everyone was really getting after it," Nance said. "I loved the way that Coach Wylie got everyone hyped up and ready for practice. It was great to get to see my future team first hand, we were both excited about what we saw."
Nance and Rogers both got the opportunity to watch their positions and got a chance to visit with their position coaches a lot more.
"Coach Baggett and Coach Hinshaw and I are already pretty close," Nance explained. "We got close through the recruiting process and the relationship has continued to grow."
Nance is excited about the chance of competing for the starting role this fall. He left impressed with the quarterbacks he got to see practice Tuesday.
"Nick Stephens and Matt Simms stood out to me the most," Nance said. "They are definitely more polished and seem like they are doing a good job competing against one another. All the quarterbacks looked great, but those two stood out."
Nance is also excited about playing his college career with one of his current best friends.
"Da'Rick and I have been best friends the past three years," Nance said. "To get to play at college with your best friend is a big plus for me. We will probably room together at UT. I'm excited about playing three to four years with him at the next level of our careers."
According to Nance, Rogers was also impressed with the Vols first practice in pads.
"We talked about how great things were while on our ride back home," Nance said. "We are both very excited about our futures at Tennessee. He really enjoyed practice and is excited about getting to Knoxville."
To listen to an exclusive audio interview with Nance on his visit to Rocky Top, go to ESPN Knoxville 1180AM and download Wednesday's InsideTennessee Sport's Radio show.