The 2012 season is still five months away, but spring practice always brings some excitement and intrigue. As teams all over the county begin their workouts, diehard fans try to look for any bit of news that gives them insight into their team's condition.
Some teams are in a time of rebuilding, while others are simply reloading for another run. At this point, expectations are high for everyone, and position battles are poised to heat up as the spring moves on.
From this vantage point, it is not always easy to estimate the quality of every squad. Inevitably, when the season commences and progresses, some will fail to meet the standards they set for themselves and the expectations of their loyal fan base.
However, there are always those inspiring stories that make their way to the forefront. It seems every season there is at least a team or two that come out of nowhere and perform at surprising levels.
While it is impossible to know who that might be right now, we can at least attempt to gaze into the proverbial crystal ball, hoping to gain a glimpse of what might occur.
Let's look at the preseason Top 25 heading into spring practice.