Spring practice serves as the spring training of college football in many ways.
For the majority of programs across the country, it’s a time for optimism. Stories of breakout stars and intriguing changes that could lead to improvement circulate around campuses at this time.
New coaches and coordinators mean new schemes, new players get chances to strut their stuff and—most importantly—hope reigns supreme.
Everyone is undefeated. Life is good.
The only real ways to suffer tough springs revolve around sustaining injuries or having players—or coaches—run into legal or NCAA trouble.
In the following slides, we examine seven teams for which spring practice hasn’t been all roses.
The teams that appear on this list aren’t headed for 0-12 seasons, nor are they in jeopardy of falling into college football obscurity. They’re simply not having springs worth writing about in program newsletters to boosters.
Here’s a list of the seven teams facing difficulties this spring.