Heading into the stretch run of spring drills, the University of Central Arkansas football team faces the most significant scrimmage of the period Saturday.
"It's a big situational day," said first-year head coach Nathan Brown. "We'll work on goal line, coming out from the goal line, third down. We've pretty much got our offense and defense in. This will continue for us to see how players are developing."
Major position battles are occurring at wide receiver, the offensive line and at cornerback.
"A lot of guys are in the mix at wide receiver, we're trying to develop depth in the offensive line and a few spots at cornerback are up for grabs," Brown said. "Some of these may not be decided until fall."
Several redshirt freshmen have made their mark, including wide receivers Lujuan Winningham, defensive lineman Vidal Scott and tight end Caleb Stokes
"Caleb makes a play or two every day that makes your draw drop," said Brown. "He is the most athletic tight end we've had in awhile."
Redshirt sophomore J.W. Jones has added to the depth at defensive end. Senior transfer Michael Ware and veterans Trai Mosley and Robert Roachell have stood out in the secondary.
Brown said there have been no major injuries aside from players who have been held out of spring for precautionary reasons.
The climactic spring game is at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 7.
"We're really young but not lacking in talent," Brown said.