Auburn Football: 5 Tigers That Will Be Household Names by Season's End

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Auburn Football: 5 Tigers That Will Be Household Names by Season's End
Photo credit: Todd Van Emst / Auburn media relations

When Auburn begins its first spring practice under new head coach Gus Malzahn on March 27, there will be question marks all over the field. 

Who will play quarterback? 

Can the defensive line develop a consistent pass rush?

Who will fill Emory Blake's shoes as a downfield threat for the Tigers?

Do I need to go on? 

Chances are that someone who may have been overlooked going into the season will come out nowhere to be an important piece to the Tigers' 2014 campaign. There's been at least one player who fans looked over that has stepped up in each of the last four seasons. 

In 2009, WR Darvin Adams grew up before Auburn fans' eyes and became a big-time threat at receiver.

In 2010, the obvious answer is Cam Newton and DT Nick Fairley. Even with those two names, fans also shouldn't forget how much of an impact that DT Zach Clayton made on that stout defensive line unit. 

In 2011, linebacker Eltoro Freeman became a stable mainstay in the middle of the Tigers' defense by season's end.

Even in the atrocious 2012 campaign, RB Tre Mason was a bright spot that turned heads after running over 1,000 yards. 

Auburn has been recruiting at a very high level over the past four years, so candidates for the next breakout stars shouldn't be hard to come by. 

Those who follow Auburn closely will know these names, but the rest of the SEC and the country may have never heard of these players when the season kicks off.

That will change by season's end.

Let's meet the five best candidates to become household names at the end of the 2013 season...

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