10 Returning Players Who Will Be on the Hot Seat After National Signing Day

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10 Returning Players Who Will Be on the Hot Seat After National Signing Day
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Florida QB Jeff Driskel

National signing day is a time enjoyed by nearly everyone in the college football world.

Coaching staffs are rewarded after a year (sometimes several) of hard work and they get to start working on a plan for developing the incoming class. The signees have fulfilled what is typically a lifelong dream of playing college football. The fans' anticipation builds higher than ever about the future of the program despite the regular season being seven months away.

Even current college football players get excited about the new additions which, theoretically, will make the team better the following year.

But while national signing day is cause for celebration in most football circles, it signals something much different for players who are coming off an underwhelming year: Time to get better.

Much like a job in the real world, one's spot on the depth chart is rarely permanent. There are a few exceptions of course, such as Oregon's Marcus Mariota, Florida State's Jameis Winston or Ohio State's Braxton Miller. But new recruits means exciting young talent gunning for playing time.

And unless football starts allowing 12 men per side, the amount of playing time a coach has to divvy up isn't going to increase. So who's on the hot seat headed into the 2014?

We're taking a look at ten players who must take their game up a notch following national signing day, or they may see their spot taken by a kid with more talent or by someone who just plain wants it more.


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