Allen worked with the first unit for most of the spring and started ahead of Brandon Mitchell in Saturday's spring game. Allen's play has been marked by consistency, and few turnovers. The first unit did not have an interception or fumble in the Red-White game.
"Brandon Allen, the last two weeks, has been exceptional," Bielema said. "Brandon Mitchell has been outstanding, too, but you can't have turnovers. Brandon Allen has done a better job in that respect."
Bielema said he would visit with all players one-on-one after they've had meetings with their position coaches, perhaps as early as Wednesday. He said he would talk to Mitchell about playing both quarterback and possibly somewhere else in the fall.
"Our goal is to get our best players on the field," Bielema said. "He could still work at quarterback and another spot. Both."
Allen said he doesn't consider the race for the quarterback job over.
"I don't think the (release of the depth chart) matters," Allen said. "The competition is going to continue. I think we both know that."
Mitchell said he had not heard of the thought of playing somewhere else and seemed a bit surprised. He said he wanted to concentrate at quarterback several times this spring.
One of the surprises would have to be walk-on Mitchell Loewen listed as first team at tight end, just ahead of returning starter Austin Tate.
Bielema said Loewen and Tate anchor what could be a deeper than expected position. He also praised Jeremy Sprinkle, the most athletic of the tight ends, along with Alex Voelzke.
"Loewen, unfortunately, rolled his ankle, but he was a nice surprise," Bielema said. "Tate had a good spring and with those two, it could be a formidable position. Sprinkle, not enough lead in his pencil, but he's able to do some things as far as his athletic ability, and Voelzke was impresive. We actually have a little depth there."
Bielema said there is overall talent in the program, but noted there will be some freshman with a chance to jump into the depth chart early in the fall.
"You look across the board, our defensive line is the strength," he said. "You start with those two defensive ends, Chris Smith and Trey Flowers. If you don't have two good ones, the other team will figure out where to start out against you. We have two. Then, our defensive tackles are gifted and there is some depth there.
"I'm intrigued by the two safeties, Rohan Gaines and Eric Bennett. We lost Tevin Mitchel on the first play (in the Red-White game), and you are always affected when you lose a good player.
"Offensively, I'm impressed with Jonathan Williams, Kody Walker and Nate Holmes. There is definitely a role for Nate. I'm excited about the running backs and we'll get two freshmen in the fall."
One of the moves in the depth chart this spring happened at cornrback, the spot opposite Mitchel. Will Hines, who finished the season as a starter as a true freshman, opened with the first team. Jared Collins, redshirt freshman, moved ahead midway through the spring.
"Collins had a very nice scrimmage several weeks ago," Bielema said. "He made three open field tackles and broke up two passes. Will has some things that you have a hard time going out to recruit, he's tall and long and is smart."
Bielema said there were times in the spring that Hines wasn't at his best, perhaps bothered by a groin injury that wasn't revealed.
"We think we have four corners with ability (in Mitchell, Collins, Hines and Carroll Washington."
Bielema was asked about expectations for the coming season.
"It's a football team that just went 4-8, a team that had lost a head coach prior to the season ever starting, then an interim coach that was on his way out the door," he said. "I don't think there were a lot of people that were talking about Arkansas football. That is what I meant by that underdog role.
"Going into fall, it reminds me a lot of when I took over at Wisconsin. Now, we finished that season 12-1, but we started the season ranked like 65th or 68th in the country because everybody thought we lost a lot of good players and had a new coach that they didn't know a lot about.
"That same thing now, we are playing in not just the best conference but the best division in college football. I don't think a lot of people have their eyes on Arkansas right now. That's a position that we really like."
Bielema had warned when he came to Arkansas that there might be attrition. There's been very little. He confirmed that only two players that were with the team when he took the job are now gone. Defensive end Austin Flynn and safety Defonta Lowe did not practice in the spring and will transfer.
WR - 81 Demetrius Wilson (Sr., 6-3, 181), 82 MeKale McKay (So., 6-6, 195).
WR - 2 Julian Horton (Sr., 6-1, 202), 4 Keon Hatcher (So., 6-2, 208).
WR - 19 Javontee Herndon (Sr., 6-1, 194), 6D'Arthur Cowan (So., 6-3, 187).
TE - 89 Mitchell Loewen (So., 6-4, 265), 87 Austin Tate (Sr., 6-6, 266).
LT - 69 David Hurd (Sr., 6-6, 309), 68 Austin Beck (So., 6-7, 296).
LG - 65 Mitch Smothers (So., 6-4, 313), 78 Johnathan McClure (Jr., 6-4 321).
C - 64 Travis Swanson (Sr., 6-5, 314), 75 Luke Charpentier (Jr., 6-4, 312).
RG - 74 Brey Cook (Jr., 6-7, 318), 72 Cordale Boyd (Fr., 6-3, 311).
RT - 50 Grady Ollison (So., 6-5, 274), 70 Chris Stringer (Jr., 6-7, 318).
QB - 10 Brandon Allen (So., 6-3, 214), 17 Brandon Mitchell (Sr., 6-4, 239).
RB - 32 Jonathan Williams (So., 6-0, 220), 22 Nate Holmes (So., 6-1, 176) or 24 Kody Walker (So., 6-2, 244).
FB - 36 Kiero Small (Sr., 5-10, 246), 33 Patrick Arinze (Jr., 5-10, 254).
DE - 42 Chris Smith (Sr., 6-3, 266), 6 Jamichael Winston (Fr., 6-5, 254) or 89 Brandon Lewis (Fr., 6-5, 258).
DT - 98 Robert Thomas (Sr., 6-3, 318), 91 Darius Philon (Fr., 6-3, 284).
DT - 54 Byran Jones (Sr., 6-2, 310), 93 DeMarcus Hodge (So., 6-1, 340).
DE - 86 Trey Flowers (Jr., 6-4, 256), 48 Deatrich Wise (Fr., 6-6, 265).
SLB - 34 Braylon Mitchell (Jr., 6-3, 229), 52 Austin Jones (Sr., 6-2, 230).
MLB - 24 Daunte Carr (Jr., 6-3, 229), 44 Robert Atiga (Sr., 6-3, 237).
WLB - 39 Jarrett Lake (Sr., 6-3 220), 5 Otha Peters (So., 6-2, 232).
CB - 8 Tevin Mitchel (Jr., 6-0, 181), 21 Carroll Washington (Jr., 6-0, 182).
SS - 26 Rohan Gaines (So., 5-11, 190), 7 Tiquention Coleman (Jr., 5-10, 198).
FS - 14 Eric Bennett (Sr., 6-0, 191), 27 Alan Turner (Jr., 6-0, 198) or 4 Kelvin Fisher (So., 5-11, 200).
CB - 29 Jared Collins (Fr., 6-0, 169), 9 Will Hines (So., 6-1, 191).
K - 18 Zach Hocker (Sr., 6-0, 182), 43 John Henson (Jr., 5-11, 165).
P - 18 Zach Hocker (Sr., 6-0, 182), 37 Toby Baker (Fr., 6-3, 193).
SN - 53 Alan D'Appollonio (Jr., 6-0, 221), 32 Drew Gorton (So., 6-0, 196).