It's not lay the ball down and play a game, it's detailed teaching on play against the stakes. First, second and third downs are broken down in segments with just a few segments where drives are put together. There are segments on first down plays, then second and then detailed situations on third down
It makes for tough analysis on the complete package from the naked eye, something Bielema tried to cover afterwards.
"It's a process to get to where we need to be," Bielema said. "They have to learn first down success: We'll gain four on first, we'll keep them to three on defense. So we did four sets of that.
"Then we jumped into third down, long, medium and short and try to teach them that success on third down determines whether we are on or off the field. Then we jumped into our goal-line situation which obviously our offense had a lot of success."
It took a bit, but Bielema finally got to the key battle of the spring, at quarterback where Brandon Allen, Brandon Mitchell and A. J. Derby got most of the snaps. Allen opened with the ones and might be slightly ahead.
"It's kinda been one day good, one day bad and come back a little bit," Bielema said of the quarterbacks. "I thought today, Brandon Allen moved forward the whole day. There's some urgency he needs to get out. I was all over his tail.
"There was a snap where we had a positive third and short but our wide receiver wasn't quite lined up and an itchy official could have flagged us there. I said it's your responsibility. He's gotta dictate those other 10 guys and be in control and be very aware of that situation. He can do it.
"Brandon Mitchell continues to impress. To me, he's got a gamemanship to him. He's got a little rhythm, he's got a little fire in him. He's a great competitor. I thought A. J. Derby came in and did some good things today.
"Those guys have all made progress. (Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach) Jim Chaney is an excellent football coach. The more reps they get -- they gotta be junkies. Quarterbacks, they gotta be the guys who are always last out of here and always asking to do more. We are getting that culture more and more."
Allen completed 9 of 13 passes for 9 yards. He had one touchdown and one interception. His lone interception came on a deep pass when Eric Bennett floated over at the goal line when Demetrius Wilson didn't come back for the ball.
Mitchell was 7 of 16 for 67 yards. He had an interception when he floated an intermediate ball, a jump ball that Cornell Washington won. Mitchell and JoJo Wynn mishandled a handoff that Austin Jones scooped for a 35-yard TD return.
A. J. Derby, working with the twos and threes, was 4 of 6 for 37 yards. He did make positive yardage on some keepers. Taylor Reed, who played one series, had an interception on his only pass, a pick by Ray Buchanan.
Jonathan Williams led the running backs with 16 carries for 87 yards and two touchdowns on goal line work. Nate Holmes had 10 rushes for 9 yards, Keante Minor 7 for minus 3, Kiero Small six carries for 17 yards and a scoring TD on the goal line.
Chris Saunders, working with the twos, led the receivers with four catches for 37 yards. With the first group, Mekale McKay led with three catches for 35 yards, Javontee Herndon had three for 29, Demetrius Wilson two for 40 and Julian Horton two for 27.
The defensive front appeared to control the line of scrimmage, except in goal line work where linebackers had trouble sealing the point of attack.
"At times (the defense did control)," Bielema said, "though, but when the offense was rolling and down on the goal line, they won that. Offensively, the biggest thing we had to install when we got here there wasn't a lot of plays of power football down hill, knocking guys off.
"I talked with Coach (Ben) Herbert there was a major emphasis in our eight-week winter conditioning process was lower body strength and just being able to move people off the line of scrimmage in the offensive line and that's coming day by day. It's been more some days than others, but I'm more excited about that one element more than anything."
Fullback Kiero Small, along with Williams, produced some fireworks on the goal line. Bielema said the first look at the goal line package came in Thursday's practice.
"We lined up in it Thursday in kind of half back (formation) and walked through it but goal-line is a mentality and I thought our offense brought it down there and executed," Bielema said. "On the flipside of it, defense there were some positive things but there is where we lost leverage on the ball a couple of times.
"We had the ball stopped at the point of attack but the ball bounced out because a couple of guys on the edges fell asleep and we had a touchdown."
Small led Williams through the hole on an off tackle play on the first play from the goal line, a 4-yard TD. The twos stuffed three straight on the goal line, then Small rumbled through the middle on a 4-yard TD play. Williams bounced outside for another 4-yard TD run. Allen found Jeremy Sprinkle on a 4-yard TD pass.
Bielema said there were teaching points throughout the day, but the good news was that the team is still healthy.
Tackle David Hurd (knee) and receiver Keon Hatcher (blow to the stomach) both missed plays, but returned later in the scrimmage. Tight end Mitchell Loewen did not scrimmage after an ankle injury last week, but is expected to practice the rest of the spring. Linebacker A. J. Turner (broken wrist) got in a few plays at the end of the scrimmage to record two tackles.
"I don't know if you understand this, but from a head coaching perspective, the only guy that's been in those shoes has been Randy Shannon," Bielema said. "Before I came in and met with you here, I ran into the locker room and Randy was the only one in there. And I said, 'Randy,' and he goes, 'Coach, to work that long and not have on significant injury, or one significant unpleasant situation out there, that doesn't just happen.
"That's a group of young men that are really dedicated to getting better and a group of coaches that want to do nothing but that as well. So it's pretty fun.
"Any time you can work that long and come out relatively injury free I think is a credit to the kids that they have conditioned the right way. They are competing and playing very, very hard."
Bielema had some standouts.
"The guys that jumped out," he said, "on offense at running back Jonathan Williams does some really good things at times. He has become more of a complete back every day. We would rather he run with his pads down a little more but a very good feel of the game.
"Nate Holmes is explosive if we get him in some open space. I think there is a set of plays for him.
"At wide receiver we had too many dropped balls but the guys bounced back. I made a special point.
"Herndon, I have loved that kid since the first day I met him to where we are today. He gives you everything on the football field, works his tail off and does everything we ask of him - but he dropped a critical second and short play that was a big hit.
"We stalled the play and got stuffed on third down, but Herndon came later on third down which was huge, a huge catch on the sideline. It just showed how a player can bounce back.
"I pointed out to Jared Collins was a corner No. 29 who probably weighs 180 pounds soaking wet. He is going against Morgan Linton on the open sideline. It's a first and 10 and if he doesn't make that play it's going to be a big hit. He gets him down and it's second and two and we stalled the drive out. These are teaching points that probably go beyond what you want to hear.
"But just really excited about this group. We've got six practices left and we'll maximize every day."
There are certain match-ups that really excite the head coach.
"As you guys know, we have not any ones versus twos, it's all ones-ones, twos-twos. I think the great thing that comes out of competing against the best there is, you truly get better. I think that at certain matchups offensively, you have … if I'm a right tackle or a left offensive tackle, I'm going against two SEC ends that are pretty good, that are good football players on a daily basis. That can only help you get better.
"Inside, (center Travis) Swanson …I've been around a lot of really good offensive linemen. I've been around exceptional players. I had a center two years that left early after his junior year and was a second-round pick to the Falcons. This year my center from Wisconsin declared early, an indication that he's going to be an early draft pick.
"I think Travis Swanson potentially is probably better than both of those guys could be. Football-awareness he's gifted at the center position like you want to be. He's a 6-4, 6-5 athlete that can run. We put in some perimeter players that really showcase his athleticism. Every person looks at him with the greatest amount of respect. When he's going against Robert Thomas and Byran Jones and all those guys, it's been nothing but an uphill climb. So I think those things are real positive."
What about linebacker play? The coach mentioned Austin Jones, Robert Atiga, Jarrett Lake, Otha Peters and Braylon Mitchell.
"Yeah, Atiga, Lake, Otha has worked in there a little bit," he said. "I've been very impressed with Lake and Atiga. They just continue to grow. Probably as we get offenses that spread us out a little bit you might change your personnel a little bit.
"There were times in the past when Chris Ash and I and Charlie Partridge were together at Wisconsin, for instance, we played Hawaii, which was a team that ran 10- personnel or 11 personel the whole game, and we played nickel 82 reps. We never put our base defense out there.
"In the last several years when we've played a lot of spread teams, we've never played our base defense. So it's going to be dictated by that. But I think Lake and Atiga both can give you really good reps against an offense like ours, 12, 21, 22, 23 personnel. But that's a position that's going to continue to grow. I think Lake has been a steady contributor all the way through along with Braylon Mitchell.
"Braylon has been a very … the last two weeks he's been a guy that's been on a steady climb every day. He really just does a lot of nice things to be in the right spots. Otha, there's just something in him, as long as I've been coaching linebackers, the first time I saw that kid move, the first time I saw him work out, there's something that I really, really like about him. I'm trying to get him to really be square on what we're asking him to do."
"I've been impressed with Austin Jones. He kinda reminds me of a guy who is always in the right place. He's very smart. He's got some good instincts. He probably can play all three (linebacker) positions, probably more Sam and Mike than anything, but extremely intelligent. He's been coached very well. He's taken to Coach (Randy) Shannon particularly well.
"He's made a couple of nice plays. On Tuesday, he had an interception return for a touchdown. He's kinda one of those guys who's always in the right spot about the right time."