Practice? We're talking about practice?
Yes, in college football, practice is very important. And spring practice, besides serving as a way for rabid fans to tide themselves over between the end of one season and the start of the next, is among the most important parts of the year-round college cycle these days.
Though preseason training camp still holds a slight edge because it's the only time all players are together at one time, spring ball is a great way for reserves from the previous year to get an advance shot at trying to land an open starting position.
Every college football team has at least one starting gig up for grabs, and many of those jobs will be won during spring ball. We give you a look at the most important spring position battle that each of the 128 FBS teams will have waged over the next few weeks.
(And we'll try to ignore the fact that most teams are starting—and in the case of Duke, have already finished—something called spring practice when it's still winter)