Arkansas State transfer Kyle Coleman is fitting in well with his new team. Then again, it might not be so hard when his father is the head coach.

Arkansas State transfer Kyle Coleman is fitting in well with his new team. Then again, it might not be so hard when his father is the head coach.


"It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," Coleman said of playing under his dad. "It’s something that a lot of people can’t say that they can do, especially at the college level.


"It’s been a real good experience and a learning experience."


His dad of course is Arkansas-Pine Bluff coach Monte Coleman.


"I don’t show him any favoritism," Monte Coleman said. "That was one of the things that him and I sat and talked about … but I’m totally excited."


Kyle Coleman said he put a lot of thought into transferring from A-State and said it was a tough decision, but one he knew he had to make.


"I felt like it was just now or never," Kyle Coleman said. "I just felt like it was something I was battling with the last two years. I just felt like a change would be the best to help me better my game in every area."


The Watson Chapel product will finally be eligible to play this year after sitting out a year due to NCAA transfer rules. However, unlike in past seasons, Kyle Coleman won’t be on the defensive side of the ball.


"To be back on the offensive side of the ball is something I’ve wanted to do for the past three years," Kyle Coleman said. "Offensive has always been in my heart. That’s what I felt like I was best at.


"I feel like it’s a good match."


Kyle Coleman will primarily play tight end and halfback while wearing No. 5. He said the transition has been pretty easy for himb including having to slim down to play on the opposite side.


"When I was at linebacker, I was at about 240-245," Kyle Coleman said. "I dropped down to about 215 nowb so I’ve dropped about 30 pounds."


Kyle Coleman said he has adjusted well and is ready to play for UAPB. When asked what a typical day at practice is like, he thought for a second and repeated one word.


"Running, running, running and running," Kyle Coleman said with a smile. "It’s a lot of fast tempo and hard work with a lot of route running. It’s mainly route running for the most part and catching the ball."


No change in quarterback race


While there have been transfers and movements on both sides of the ball, one thing has stayed the same.


"We’ve got a four-man (quarterback) race," Monte Coleman said laughing. "It’s wide open right now. Marcus Terrell is being very smart and very coachable. Nolan Sorensen has moved up a bit and has put pressure in all away around.


"All of the guys are very talented … and all four are giving us a spark right now."


Monte Coleman added that if UAPB were to play a regular season game today, Terrell would get the start.


"We’ve got four quarterbacks competing for a certain job," Monte Coleman said. "We’ve got a lot of days and nights and a lot of competition. That’s what you strive for as a coach, is competition."


Although no official decision has been made, there could be some light shed on the situation come next Saturday’s Black and Gold game, but all is subject to change.


"This is an evaluation period for us," Monte Coleman said. "It will shed, but it won’t be determined until probably the first week of the season.


"We’ve got four real-good quarterbacks right now and it’s going to come down to the wire."


Injury-free spring?


One thing that always worries any coach during practice is injuries. Fortunately for the Golden Lions, it’s not an obstacle yet.


"That’s one of the things I can knock on wood for in the last few years," Monte Coleman said while knocking his desk. "As far as spring ball, we haven’t abstained any serious injuries."


While no serious injuries have been reported, Monte Coleman did say there is always a bump or bruise that is a slight hindrance.


"We’ve got a couple of guys who have some boo-boos but are able to practice with them," Monte Coleman said. "(Aaron) LaGrone banged his knee a little last week and we held him out last week. He was out running again today."


Monte Coleman also mentioned that redshirt-senior linebacker Kyle Walker got hurt last year and has yet to participate in spring practice.


"He played with a bad knee and had surgery after the season," Monte Coleman said. "He’s recovering from the knee injury. It was bad enough that he probably should have sat out … but once the season was over, he had the surgery."


Along with Walker, Monte Coleman said redshirt-senior Wesley Hawthorne hurt his knee last season and had surgery as well. He hopes to have them back by the time the season rolls around.


Totten takes over special teams


A football team is nothing without a coaching staff and Monte Coleman said on Monday that there are no more gaps to fill.


"I’ve hired Roger Totten as my special teams coach," Monte Coleman said.


Totten was just the strength and conditioning coach last year but now will be pulling double duty for the foreseen future.


"He’s juggling (strength and conditioning) along with special teams," Monte Coleman said. "As far as field practice goes, that’s priority. Some staff meetings we have had, I’ve let him off to work with other sports as far as weight lifting and conditioning."


Totten is replacing John Hendrick, who returned to the Alabama State staff. Monte Coleman said Totten’s background at Alabama A&M as the special teams coach under current UAPB offensive coordinator Anthony Jones was the a key factor in offering him the job.


"He’s doing an outstanding job for us," Monte Coleman said. "He’s done it before. When I found that out, I knew he would be a shoo-in. Instead of me looking on the outside, I’ve got a special teams coach right here under my nose.


"I was able to bring him on board as the special teams coach."