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.”