But there is at least one senior -- and probably six to seven others -- that is headed to the finish line in style. Center Travis Swanson was beaming after a Red-White game where the running game and the offensive line was one of the main focal points, not the number of pass plays.
Swanson had just finished his fifth spring at Arkansas, but it's a new day under Bielema. It's an era where smashmouth football is the number one priority. Playing clean as far as turnovers and penalties are right there, too.
The 2013 Hogs will probably go as far as a rebuilt offensive line will take them, with Swanson leading the way. Can that group match a superb defensive front led by ends Trey Flowers and Chris Smith and tackles Byron Jones and Robert Thomas?
Perhaps. Just maybe. Swanson joined forces with guards Brey Cook and Mitch Smothers and tackles Grady Ollison and Austin Beck to slug it out with a highly regarded defensive front four in a Red-White game that might have been better than most expected in Bielema's first year.
The Hogs were coming off a 4-8 train wreck, installing a system about as opposite as the one that Bobby Petrino left as could be imagined. The Hogs were going from pass happy finesse, to hit you in the face nastiness.
Most probably left the stadium pleased with the fact the Hogs still called 41 passes compared to 56 rushes. And they might have noticed that there was not one single fumble and only two penalties out of 97 total plays.
But maybe the announced crowd of 51,088 left thinking that the Hogs have a more physical and fundamentally clean football team. That was the goal, Bielema said as he described what championship football is in his mind.
The first fumble didn't come until a student assistant in the media relations office dropped a digital recorder that bounced off Bielema's speaking podium in the team meeting room just before he addressed the media.
"Only one, right?" Bielema said.
Yup. It was just about six months ago that the Hogs put it on the stadium turf eight times against Alabama.
Brandon Allen, the clear No. 1 at quarterback, was clean on his 40 or so snaps. No turnovers. No loose balls. He was remarkably clean, no doubt the reason he's gotten almost all of the snaps with the ones this spring.
Bielema said the offensive line was "easily" the most improved unit of the spring. And that was without left tackle David Hurd, out the last three weeks. Bielema said Hurd could have played Saturday, but the coach didn't want to risk anything against two great defensive ends. And it proved to be a perfect trial under fire for improving Austin Beck, who stepped up the last two weeks at left tackle with Hurd out.
Most will probably be writing about Allen, the son of long-time UA assistant coach Bobby Allen, now Bielema's director of high school relations. Dad has to be smiling and feeling no pain from the knee replacement that needed to be done this winter, probably the reason he's no longer on the field.
Bielema said it's clear that son has learned much growing up in a coaches' home, an obvious "football junkie." Swanson, called the finest center in America by Bielema, delighted in praising his quarterback.
"Brandon Allen has progressed more than anyone we have," Swanson said. "He's so much more of a leader. You hear it in his voice in the huddle, at the line on checks. He's just grown up this spring."
Bielema dodged the question on when he'd name a starting quarterback. He said he's not named any starters at any position, but confirmed that Allen has taken "the majority" of snaps with the ones.
There won't be a need to name Swanson a starter. That much was clear when coaches told him he wouldn't be playing in the second half of the Red-White game and Bielema raved about him again afterwards.
"There can't be a better center in America," Bielema said. "We've got some plays where we pull the center and he's so impressive. You can't run those with a normal center.
"Our most improved unit is easily the offensive line, for the way we are going to play. A close second is the offensive line with the way they've caught the ball and you saw that today."
Swanson said the Hogs didn't show all of their tricks Saturday, but he said there were some plays where he was leading the way as a pulling center.
"A few times," he said, smiling again. "I like those. I haven't been used like that much the last three seasons. Some, but not like now. I really love that."
And he was beaming as Bielema's comments about him were relayed yet again. That's been the case after several practices this spring.
"I'm honored," he said. "I was excited when Coach Bielema was announced as our coach. I knew what it meant for the offensive line. That was the biggest appeal when he was announced. Wisconsin was known for offensive line play. I was really excited.
"It's a huge honor to play for Coach Bielema. We needed this change. I knew we needed a whole new mindset, a different system. What we changed was very broad, learning a new offense, a new mentality.
"What I'm excited about today is that you saw more of a balanced approach to offense. That's the kind of balance we need."
Swanson said other than expecting to be smashmouth, there wasn't a lot of knowledge about Bielema as a person when the change was announced in early December.
"When we walked in, we just didn't know him as a person," he said. "We've learned so much. It's refreshing. We've made huge steps as a team.
"We all have improved. We've all made strides. I think when you talk about our offensive line, there were massive strides. It's technique, it's attitude, it's a mentality.
"I'd call it a major change in philosophy. I think it's been a great fit. We are still not where we need to be, but we are going to get there."
Bielema said he noticed a major change as the spring progressed. He said there were little steps, but he called Thursday's practice the best of the spring. It was a full-padded, 24-period day, much like a Tuesday during the season. He called it a "championship" type day, particularly with the 30-minute inside run work and the intensity in a goal line period.
Swanson said it was a linemen type of day, particularly the guts of the workout that Bielema mentioned.
"There were times that the offensive line got the best of the day," Swanson said. "We celebrated. Then, there were times that the defensive front one and they celebrated.
"It was just such a fun day. Everyone had such a good time out there. I think you saw the team finishing spring with a fun day.
"We started out not knowing what to expect, what was going to happen. Then to have a day like that at the end was great, fun for everyone."
Swanson said the offensive line growth was marked by a change in lineups after about the fourth or fifth day when Cook moved to right guard and Ollison switched sides to began work with the ones at right tackle.
"After that switch up, we began to mesh," Swanson said. "We got better every day. We are not there yet, but we keep getting better."
Bielema said the Cook move just was a better fit for his body style. He's tall, but not exactly long and will handle the physical nature of guard. Tackles need length in the arms.
"I want players to be where they fit the best," Bielema said. "I think when you talk about the next level, that's where Brey belongs. I believe in finding where they will be at their best for the long run.
"Smothers has had some growth, on and off the field. He's made strides academically. I'm proud of what he's done there."
Hurd's injury isn't believed to be serious.
"We didnt' get him back at the end," Bielema said. "But we found out a lot about Beck. He was able to show us that he can play that position (at left tackle)."
The Hogs have a budding third guard, too.
"Cordale Boyd," Bielema said, "is nipping at their heels at guard."
Luke Charpentier emerged as the backup center, taking most every snap in the second half as coaches ended Swanson's day.
"I didn't really know that was going to happen," Swanson said. "They came to me at halftime and told me I wouldn't play in the last two quarters."
As everyone keeps saying, there's a long way to go. But there had been enough to know that Travis Swanson is close to being there.