Auburn opens spring camp on March 18 and will keep it active for roughly a month, closing shop on April 19, per Phil Steele's spring calendar chart.
The mood about the Tigers could not be more different than it was at the start of last spring.
In 2013, this team was learning the rhythm of a new coach on the heels of a 3-9 season. A season of winning zero SEC games. A season that was the nadir of a supremely proud program.
In 2014, this team is coming of an appearance in the national title game—a game the Tigers came within 13 seconds of winning. They are the reigning champions of the best conference in college football and return enough talent to be considered a favorite in the fall.
That doesn't mean there's no intrigue, however. At the places where Auburn did lose talent, the battle to replace it is important. The same goes for the spots where the Tigers struggled in 2013. How do they improve those problem areas this season?
How do they go from national title participant to national title winners?
It all starts in the spring.