With several Pac-12 schools having already begun spring practice, it's time to take a look at who'll be under the spotlight six months before the season begins.
Or rather, who will be under the magnifying glass burning a hole in the depth chart. In other words, which starters have something to prove this time of year when you'll generally only hear about "one day at a time" and "just getting better."
As casual as spring practice is made out to be, the battles for playing time are raging on throughout the country, and while maintaining health and developing team chemistry are top priorities, earning—or keeping—playing time can be just as important on an individual level.
For some of these players, the pressure is on due to a high-profile backup or incoming recruits who have garnered attention before even stepping on campus. For others, it's about stepping up and forcing the coaches to keep your name in the lineup after what may have been a so-so 2013 campaign.
Fans want to see improvement across the board, and the teams that do that the very best are often the most prepared when the 2014 season begins.
Here are five Pac-12 players on the hot seat during spring practice.