The dark days of the college football offseason are upon us.
With a successful ending to the 2013 recruiting class, Auburn is currently engaging in offseason workouts and making sure that everyone on the roster is caught up academically.
For Auburn and college football fans in general, the time between national signing day and spring practice is probably the most boring part of the year.
For the team, this part of the year is arguably the most important. Like the old sports adage says, championships are won and lost in the offseason.
It is now that chemistry is developed, expectations are set and when the leaders emerge from the pack of followers.
The Auburn football team is being pushed to the limit mentally and physically in offseason workouts. It's all for the hope that on Aug. 31 and the 11 other Saturdays that follow, they can walk off the field as winners.
That only happened three times in 2012.
The coaches are busy as well.
Recruiting never ends and a lot of the new coaching staff are being able to evaluate the current players on the roster for the very first time.
While there is plenty to do, here are five things that must be on head coach Gus Malzahn's offseason checklist...