Position-by-Position Spring Practice Comparison of Alabama and Auburn

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Position-by-Position Spring Practice Comparison of Alabama and Auburn
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The Alabama-Auburn rivalry never sleeps in the Yellowhammer State, even in down years.

When both teams are ratcheted up to their current levels, though, the spotlight expands beyond the single-state stage and spills over nationally.

College football fans won’t soon forget how this year’s Iron Bowl ended, with Chris Davis returning Adam Griffith’s 57-yard field-goal try 100 yards for Auburn’s winning score.

The conclusion ranks among the most bizarre and spectacular in the sport’s wild history.

Both the result and the ramifications—Auburn ultimately advanced to the BCS National Championship Game for which Alabama seemed destined—almost certainly equates to greater attention on the game this season.

It’s never too early for Auburn and Alabama fans to think about next year.

With their spring practices set to open within the next week, it seems like a reasonable time to compare the two programs position by position.

To do so, we will examine only players who will be on campus for—and/or participating in—spring practice.

In other words, incoming players will not count in this comparison.

Here is a position-by-position comparison of the in-state rivals, both of which seem almost certain to open the year in the Top 10:

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