Auburn took the field this week for the first time since losing the BCS National Championship Game to Florida State, 34-31.
The mood about this year's spring practice could not be more different than that of 2013. Last year was all about proving people wrong; this year is all about proving them right. It's replication instead of redemption, confirmation not conversion.
The Tigers return most of their depth from last year's SEC-champion team, but the pieces they lost were among the most important on the team. In fact, one could argue that Greg Robinson, Tre Mason and Dee Ford were the most important persons on the roster (save head coach Gus Malzahn). How do you replace such talent?
It all starts in the spring, when depth chart battles will be waged across each position. Exciting newcomers like receiver D'haquille Williams and Derrick Moncrief—teammates last year at community college—will draw plenty of attention, but the beauty of the next month is the players who come from nowhere.
The guys who succeed when no one's looking.
Here are some Auburn players that might sneak up on people.