It's a habit he learned from Bill Snyder at Kansas State, one of his many great mentors.
"I do make notes, but Coach Snyder did it with a recorder," Bielema said Saturday after his first UA scrimmage, moved inside Walker Pavilion because of morning rains.
However, Bielema didn't have to look at his notes to know he wanted to keep the Razorbacks for some extra running after the 70-play hitting session. He'd seen too many procedure penalties, the kind of pre-snap mistakes that are his pet peeve.
For the record, there were four such jumps in the offensive line, and 10 total penalties on offense. There was also a procedure call for too many lined up in the backfield that wiped out a big play.
"I'm real excited about our first time to play tackle football," Bielema said. "But today we have a lot to clean up. We jumped offside too much. W addressed that right after practice with some extra conditioning."
Bielema was the only one in the interview Saturday and many of his questions concerned the battle at quarterback where Brandon Allen took the first snaps, but Brandon Mitchell might have improved his chances with a solid second half to the scrimmage.
Allen completed 11 of 20 passes for 130 yards. He had one touchdown -- a 70-yard bomb to Javontee Herndon -- and one interception, a pick by safety Rohan Gaines. Mitchell was 7 of 13 for 113 yards. He had a 4-yard TD pass to Brad Taylor. Mitchell's 60-yard throw to Eric Hawkins set up that TD throw. Mitchell danced away from Deatrich Wise to find Taylor.
Herndon and Eric Hawkins each caught two passes for 79 yards and 61 yards, respectively, while Julian Horton had five catches for 59 yards.
Jonathan Williams had six carries for 20 yards working with the first team, while walk-on Patrick Arinze had 32 yards on eight carries working with the reserves.
Cornerback Will Hines led the defense with four tackles and defensive tackle Demarcus Hodge had two sacks. Linebacker Jarrett Lake had three tackles and forced a fumble.
"Brandon Mitchell was impressive in the second half today," he said. "We had not put in any goal line. That comes next week. So that was impressive.
"Going into today Brandon Allen probably had the edge, but I like the way Brandon Mitchell handled himself in the second half today. He has a great presence with the team."
The interception thrown by Allen gave Bielema concern.
"He threw a nice deep ball, but there was one he threw up," Bielema said. "We don't throw up a prayer."
Bielema also praised running back Jonathan Williams, but said the goal is for the sophomore to become more of a north-south back.
There is little doubt that the penalties caused the most concern with the head coach. His regimen calls for immediate "up and down" drills between plays and a one play banishment for any procedure penalty.
"I want immediate action," he said. "I don't have any children, but if I did I would want bad behavior addressed immediately."
There have been several position changes in the first two weeks of spring drills. Keante Minor -- up to 225 pounds on his 6-0 frame -- has moved from wideout to running back and took snaps in the scrimmage. Davyon McKinney has gone from cornerback to safety. Jerry Mitchell moved from safety to linebacker.
But the big move may be on the right side of the offensive line where Brey Cook slid from tackle to guard and Grady Ollison, praised for his winter with strength coach Ben Herbert, mans the first team slot at tackle.
"We did that Thursday," Bielema said. "Our goal is to get the best five guys on the field in the line. We like Brey's size inside.
"Ollison is very raw, but he's very talented. He's maybe our most gifted athlete in the line. He made a big jump in the weight room and he needs to have a great summer there, too.
"We want to be longer at tackle and Ollison does that, along with some players in our signing class."
The Hogs have some positive developments at tight end where returning starter Austin Tate has gotten clearance to scrimmage after January surgery for a shoulder injury. Mitchell Loewen, who turned an ankle Saturday, is also getting work with Alex Voelzke, Jeremy Sprinkle and Taylor.
"That was a position of concern coming into spring just because it had not been an emphasis before," Bielema said. "I've been very impressed with Tate. He's been full go after spring break.
"Loewen and Voelzke have done well and Sprinkle has his own skill set."
There were no major injuries in the scrimmage. Linebacker A. J. Turner is practicing with a broken wrist, apparently suffered four weeks ago, but only recently diagnosed. He'll be casted for another six weeks.
Otha Peters, Daunte Carr and Jarrett Lake worked with the ones at linebacker. Lake drew praise for causing a fumble.
"Otha has had a health issue (with a hip) and we weren't going to go much with him, but I like him," Bielema said. "Lake was impressive. He's played as good as any and caused a turnover today. He's really engaged.
"We are working Carr and (Robert) Atiga in the middle. Right now, it's by committee at linebacker. We are low in numbers there."
Bielema was ashed about the play of the offensive line where Travis Swanson is the anchor at center. The tackles are David Hurd and Ollison, with Mitch Smothers and Cook at guard.
"They have a great attitude, very coachable," Bielema said of the group as a whole. "They have responded so well to Coach (Sam) Pittman that I gave him a raise.
"They have a great demeanor. They have pride. They did their research on what we expect and what we've done in the offensive line."
Freshman safety Defonta Lowe is not practicing this spring. Bielema said he asked Lowe to concentrate on his academics.
Brandon Allen (with ball) warmup Saturday morning.
Alex Voelzke looks in a pass.
Bret Bielema and Ben Herbert are ready for the start of practice.
Bret Bielema supervises a drill.
Carroll Washington gears up for the start of the workout.
Photos by Marc F. Henning, Hawgs Illustrated