Auburn Football: How Gus Malzahn Will Replace Departed Stars in 2014

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Auburn Football:  How Gus Malzahn Will Replace Departed Stars in 2014
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Auburn put together one of the best turnarounds in college football history in 2013, going from 3-9 a season ago to a berth in the BCS National Championship Game earlier in the month.

The Tigers' run to the title game was bolstered by a strong core of senior leaders—and a pair of talented third-year players now headed for the NFL—and Auburn will miss each of them next season.

But Gus Malzahn is bent on proving that his team's success wasn't just a flash in the pan during his first year as head coach and that the Tigers are in position to be contenders in the Southeastern Conference for years to come. For that to happen, a number of young players will have to step up and fill the void left behind by this offseason's departures.

In all, 14 seniors are leaving Auburn due to graduation, and two more players are leaving early for the NFL draft.

Ahead is a list of some of the biggest holes those departures will leave behind—and a list of a few up-and-comers that could take their place in 2014.

All recruiting rankings and information via and, unless otherwise noted.

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