Iowa Hawkeye spring practice began this past Saturday with the spring open scrimmage scheduled for April 14.
That means the new football cycle is upon us, which in turn means that players will begin competing for places on the depth chart.
Where one ends the spring on the depth chart is hardly indicative of where one eventually ends up.
For example, many remember the depth chart following spring practice in 2008.
Pat Angerer and Ricky Stanzi were relegated to second-string status, and Shonn Greene wasn't even on the team.
In effect, things can and will change between now and September 1, when Iowa heads to Chicago to take on Northern Illinois in its season opener.
Nonetheless, the real competition for playing time has now begun, and the 2012 Hawkeyes have begun to take shape.