College football spring games are a discovery zone.
The annual end-of-spring-practice competitions have little impact on the reputation and future playing time of known stars and established starters, as the scrimmage is meant more as a final tuneup than anything else.
The same can't be said for the newcomers, backups and other reserves who make up most of a team's roster. For them, this is their time to shine.
While much more stock will be placed on performance and development during preseason training camp, what happens in the spring game can be used as a springboard toward future success. Those who stand out during this competition will be the talk of the spring and summer...though whether that translates into fall success is unknown.
We're about halfway through the spring game schedule for FBS schools, and so far a handful of players have dazzled above and beyond others.