Pine Bluff football coach Bobby Bolding sat in his office Tuesday afternoon following the second practice of the fall with the Zebras depth chart hanging on the wall behind him.

Pine Bluff football coach Bobby Bolding sat in his office Tuesday afternoon following the second practice of the fall with the Zebras depth chart hanging on the wall behind him.

“That thing hasn’t been updated since about May,” Bolding said. “There are names of guys on there that aren’t even here.”

But Bolding is well aware of the depth he has. With 30 returning seniors on the roster, Bolding’s depth chart has been filling many of its slots for the past couple of years. Bolding and his coaching staff will spend the next few weeks solidifying those positions prior to Pine Bluff’s Aug. 31 season opener at Fort Smith Northside.

The Z’s started on Monday in shorts and helmets and continued that on Tuesday. Bolding said today will ramp up to shoulder pads with full gear beginning next week as the team shifts from morning to afternoon drills.

“With the way football has changed over the past few years it’s sort of anti-climatic,” Bolding said. “We do so much in the spring and summer that we are installing things really fast.”

Bolding said the experience of the senior-laden team also attributed to the rapid flow of the early workout sessions.

“We are installing fast because of our experience,” he said. “We have done really well in the past two days.”

The Zebras will have three inter-squad scrimmages during the month of August with the first at 9 a.m. on Friday. Bolding will hold a scrimmage for the following two Friday’s before traveling to take on West Memphis in a scrimmage at 6 p.m. on Aug. 21.

All but four of Bolding’s 80 players were at the first two workouts with everyone expected to be accounted for by the end of the week. Bolding said he would trim that number to around 50 that will dress out on game days.

He said skilled positions were ahead of the line.

”We had a lack of a sense of urgency the first day,” Bolding said. “But that was much better today. And of course the offensive line is the last thing to come around. They always are. But they really improved today. They looked a lot better.”

Bolding said the defensive unit was ahead of schedule and special teams were on schedule.

“We are going to go over everything this week and should have everything done by Friday,” he said. “Then we will come in here next Monday and repeat everything. Right now we are blocking just one front. We will start changing front on them in week two and week three we will start blitzing them.”

The Zs have a total of 16 practices slated prior to the scrimmage against West Memphis. Bolding will then fill the film room with players to assess the progress and return to the practice field for four final full practices and two half practices before the opener.

“Everything is looking real good right now,” Bolding said. “Having all these seniors is allowing us to work at a faster pace. If we had young guys we would slow it down. We were able to work on weights and our feet this spring. If we had young guys we would have to work on football all spring. But we didn’t have to do that because all these kids have been doing it for so long.”

The Z’s held several team camps and 7-on-7 camps during the spring and culminated the summer with a team-building senior retreat last Friday.