Tail­back or­der

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL -

Coach Bret Bielema said Mon­day that the or­der of tail­backs would be Devwah Wha­ley and David Wil­liams, fol­lowed by fresh­men Chase Hay­den and Maleek Wil­liams, with a lit­tle T.J. Ham­monds sprin­kled in.

Maleek Wil­liams, a 5-11, 218-pounder who went through spring drills, has a sim­i­lar body type and style to Wha­ley (5-11, 216) and David Wil­liams (6-1, 229), but not Hay­den (5-10, 191), who did not en­roll early.

“Chase has a dif­fer­ent skill set than any­body we have,” run­ning backs coach Reg­gie Mitchell said. “He’s more of a change-of-pace guy. Great ac­cel­er­a­tion and good vi­sion.”

Said Bielema: “Chase would prob­a­bly be that third guy right now. He’s a com­plete dif­fer­ent changeup than those other two backs. Those three guys all bring kind of a dif­fer­ent bag of tricks.”

Asked whether a red­shirt could be in the mak­ing for one of the two fresh­men, Mitchell said, “I don’t know. I think Coach B[ielema] will cross that bridge when it comes. But we’re try­ing to find a role for all those guys, whether it be on spe­cial teams or just a sit­u­a­tional player.”


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