Following an exciting and slightly surprising 12-0 season, expectations in Columbus couldn't be any bigger heading into next season. Urban Meyer and his staff have implemented a winning culture into this program, and with tenacious work on the recruiting trail, they were able to ensure that this success would be sustained. In fact, the 2013 team will most likely be ranked within the preaseason top-five this summer.
Braxton Miller will have a real shot at winning a Heisman Trophy, and players like Bradley Roby could play their way into being a first-round draft pick in 2014. Experts are already mentioning the Buckeyes as legitimate title contenders, and Buckeye Nation will excitedly watch their talented team embark on a possibly historical season come this fall.
However, the first step in this team's journey will be getting though spring practice, and there are plenty of things to observe from afar. The Urban Meyer-led Buckeyes will look to further perfect their new offensive system and fill some major holes on defense during the spring period. Also, due to the departure of a few key starters from last season, this year's spring practices will feature intense position battles and give us a better understanding of how Meyer plans on utilizing his personnel.
Here are the top six storylines for the Buckeyes as they get set to begin spring practice.