That's the assesement of Arkansas wide receivers coach Michael Smith after a week of camp with the group of Razorbacks he has to work with this season.
"Arkansas has had some great wide receivers here recently and they left some pretty big footprints," Smith said. "But we have a bunch of guys here that are making the move and trying to get to where those guys have gone. I see a lot of them stepping up this year and making big plays for us.
Smith, who found out Monday night that incoming freshman Melvinson Hartfield had finally been cleared by the NCAA, liked what jumped off the film at him while viewing Saturday's scrimmage.
"I thought we had a real solid scrimmage," Smith said. "I loved the guys competed and some of the plays they made were what I expect of them. It was a pretty basic scrimmage. We took a lot of the motion out of it so the guys could just go out there and compete and that's exactly what they did so I was pretty happy with what they perform."
That continued Monday as the Razorbacks went through two practices.
"We had two practices - long, hard practices," Smith said. "The kids battled through it because this morning was a little slow, but they came out this second practice and practiced pretty good."
One guy who has made a jump in preseason is sophomore D'Arthur Cowan (6-3, 190), who has three catches for 14 yards last season and returned 10 kickoffs for 176 yards while playing in six games.
"He is making tremendous progress," Smith said. "D'Arthur has put himself in position to compete for a starting job. He is another guy that I am trying to force feed to get to learn this offense. Right now he has responded pretty well so I am happy with the progress that he has made."
Cowan notes that he was at first shellshocked last season with the difference between high school and college.
"You can't be timid and play in the SEC and I'm not," Cowan said. "It's a man's game. You have to do whatever you need to do. You have to train your body all off-season to be ready to play the season. The speed of the game is the biggest thing. High school is kind of slow and college is way, way faster. You have to be mentally prepared for the game as much as physically prepared."
Julian Horton is one of those three seniors – along with Javontee Herndon and Demetrius Wilson – who left spring as the first-team wideouts.
He is excited about what that trio is doing as well as the youngsters such as Cowan and Keon Hatcher.
"Those of us that are seniors are practicing and going to play with a great degree of urgency because this is it for us and we don't want to have another season like we had last season as a team," Horton said. "We – as the receivers – know we can have a big impact on that and we have put in the work, just like the young guys have."
Horton noted that Cowan has indeed been a standout early in practice.
"He is just learning more of the offense and becoming more dependable in the offense," Horton said. "As a sophomore, he has a year under his belt and that experience is big. He is getting better each and every day."
Cowan has been very pleased with the help he is getting from the seniors.
"Those guys are ones that I look up to and learn from each and every day," Cowan said.
Freshman Drew Morgan of Greenwood is also being mention as someone who should play as a freshman.
"Another kid that is coming in and getting a lot thrown at him," Smith said. "We are excited and he is definitely adding depth. He is a kid that is concientious. Another one that I am just trying to get him to learn the offense as fast as possible. If Coach Bielema says he wants him to play, I have got to get him ready and that's my goal."
Arkansas' wide receivers are being asked to block more in this new offense.
"They are doing okay," Smith said. "Our defense plays a lot of coverages and we have been running our offense. They have been competing out there. There have been some runs where the backs have gotten into the secondary and our guys have thrown some nice downfield blocks. We are definitely not where we need to be, but we are going to get there."
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Smith is excited that Hartfield will be available for practice on Tuesday after missing the first eight days of camp.
"We just got word that he will be here tomorrow," Smith said. "After he goes through all his (medical) clearing stuff, he'll be ready to go. He won't be able to be in pads for like three or four days.
"I am excited for the kid," Smith said. "I hate for a kid to have to go through that. You have the opportunity to play major college football and to be sitting at home and everybody else is in camp is tough and got to be hard. But I am excited for Melvinson. He deserves it and he has worked his tail off to get here and I am excited just to get him here."
Hartfield obviously will have a lot to catch up on.
"It is going to put him behind, but I am going to try and force feed him as much as I can," Smith said. "Hopefully at some time during the year we will be able to use him on offense cause the kid has a lot of talent and we are looking forward to having him here.
"I am just happy for him," Smith continued. "He comes from a rough background and for him to have this opportunity to play major college football is a blessing."