College football has officially returned to South Florida now that the Miami Hurricanes have officially opened spring practice in preparation for the 2014 campaign.
The 'Canes are definitely shorthanded for the spring session, missing the likes of starting running back Duke Johnson, center Shane McDermott and cornerback Ladarius Gunter. While certainly not an optimal scenario, the injuries allow more reps for the backups, including some lesser-known reserves from the 2013 season.
Not every highlighted athlete is under the radar, but his respective level of performance this spring could be surprising.
Note: Miami has released its full schedule of spring practices—most of which are open to the public—and scrimmages.