South Carolina begins spring practice on Tuesday, unless Monday's weather is exceptionally nice, and coach Steve Spurrier opts to go out a day early.
That has happened in the past, and that's just the way things go in the spring. The head coach has never been afraid to call an audible.
South Carolina returns eight of 11 starters on offense, but with Dylan Thompson all but entrenched to replace Connor Shaw at quarterback, the only battles of note there will be at wide receiver and guard.
Defense is wider open, with both defensive end spots, a defensive tackle spot and both starting cornerback positions available.
Of course, most of these battles will rage on into the fall, when a recruiting class that was designed to address immediate needs arrives.