Texas A&M is the only SEC school that opened spring camp in February—having done so on the month's final day—and most programs won't start until the second half of March.
Still, by the end of this current workweek, South Carolina, Ole Miss and Tennessee will have joined the Aggies in starting spring practice, putting more than 25 percent of the conference out of the weight room and onto the field...where football players belong.
The SEC lost some of the best quarterbacks in conference history this offseason, and watching the first act of the battles to replace them at Alabama, Texas A&M and even LSU will dominate the back-page headlines throughout most of March and April.
However, in traditional cases, quarterback competitions are waged in the spring and won in the fall. Especially with important pieces like Jacob Coker unable to participate at Alabama, it might be best to keep a close eye on those players in a few months—not so much right now.
Fear not, though. Littered up and down the depth charts of SEC rosters, there are players whose spring camps are must-follow affairs.
From quarterbacks who already have a job to running backs who want one, from receivers replacing future pros to receivers related to current ones, from defenders trying to make a quick impact on the field to defenders trying to keep their nose clean off of it—there are more than enough reasons to watch the SEC news ticker this spring.
Here are only 10 of them.