Head coach Bret Bielema and defensive coordinator Chris Ash have expressed concern about depth at the safety position and Coleman, a 5-foot-10, 198-pound safety, said he realizes the Razorbacks will not be able to redshirt a junior college transfer like himself at the position of need.
"I've been getting in the film room, learning the plays and trying to catch up," Coleman said. "When you come in with two years of eligibility, you got to come in and get on a roll and catch up with everybody. In order for that to happen, the coach has to believe in you and trust in you. His job is on the line playing you, so he has to trust you when he puts you out there.
"If you get in the film room, study and pass all of the tests in the meetings, he's going to be able to trust you."
The Milledgeville, Ga. native was originally committed to Wisconsin, but flipped his commitment when Bielema filled the head coaching vacancy at Arkansas. Coleman said he thinks getting in the film room and studying is beneficial in his preparation for Southeastern Conference play.
"It actually has helped me speed up my transition from junior college to a SEC program really quick," he said. "Just learning in the film room, even taking 30 minutes or an hour out of the day, just looking at your practice. Like, I'm going to go in there and watch what I just did in practice and watch it again tomorrow to see what I did two times so I won't make the same mistake twice. That's the last thing a coach wants you to do, keep making the same mistakes continuously, so I'm going to keep improving, one day at a time."
Coleman, who is sporting the number seven jersey in the spring, has worked at strong safety with the second team as Eric Bennett and Rohan Gaines have taken the majority of first-team reps at safety in the spring. Coleman said when he is on the sideline, watching the starters, he takes mental reps to become more accustomed to the game.
Additionally, he said the speed and intensity of the team's first five practices have not surprised him.
"It's about what I expected," Coleman said. "I didn't expect it to be slow, but I didn't expect it to be, like, crazy fast. I just went into it with a mindset that it's football and I've been playing football my entire life. At the end of the day, it's just football. And that's how I went into it and I've had fun out there learning and listening to my coaches, trusting in them to do the right things and make me a successful player."
The Razorbacks will have their first scrimmage of the spring on Saturday and fellow junior college transfer and defensive back Carroll Washington said he is looking forward to the competition.
"I'm looking forward to getting better and looking to get my first chance to have like a SEC game, because that's the only ones we've got right now, coming up before our spring game," he said. "I'm looking to get better and do what I have to do to compete.
"I've got to go out and perform. Every day, I'm critiqued by the coaches, so I have to go out and perform to the best of my abilities."