James Franklin's first spring as Penn State's head coach will surely be an important one.
While he inherits a handful of players who've already locked down certain positions, there are still a few holes on both sides of the ball. There will be plenty of fierce competition at those respective spots once spring practices get underway on March 17.
Entering this particular offseason, the playing field is a bit more leveled for the players involved. With a new staff, everyone on the roster needs to learn a new scheme and impress a new coach.
For some, the opportunity presents itself to lock up a starting job or earn some quality playing time. These designations will all depend on how well they are able to impress the coaching staff in the coming weeks. The annual Blue-White Game is April 12.
Here are five players with the most to gain during Penn State's spring practices.