Despite the sting of losing in last season's BCS National Championship Game, the Auburn Tigers had a fantastic season in 2013. With good depth at most positions, there's no reason to believe the Tigers won't again be one of the nation's best teams.
Head coach Gus Malzahn will lead his team onto Jordan-Hare Field for Auburn's version of A-Day. That's also what the Tigers' bitter rivals in Tuscaloosa call their final spring practice.
The duel between these two programs never ends. The Alabama Crimson Tide's A-Day even takes place on the same day.
Are the Tigers and the Crimson Tide headed for another crucial and epic Iron Bowl? Here's how you can watch the Tigers' A-Day to get an early glimpse of the team.
When: Saturday, April 19
Where: Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala.
TV: ESPN at 3 p.m.
Players to Watch
With a year of experience as a full-time quarterback, it's not preposterous to name Marshall as a dark horse for the Heisman Trophy.
He'll never be a classic quarterback, and he probably won't play under center if he makes it to the NFL, but his athleticism and improving leadership skills make him one of the most intriguing college football players in the nation.
Watching how Marshall handles his team in the huddle at the A-Game could say a lot about what fans can expect from him this season.
If you're looking for a potential standout on the defensive side of the ball for Auburn in 2014, look no further than Frost.
He has a nose for the ball, and the instinct necessary to make big plays.
Per Joel Erickson of Al.com, there's a plan to move Frost to weak-side linebacker, but the team will have to juggle its options. It doesn't have a ton of depth on the second level.
Ideally, Johnson wants at least one capable backup at each position inside, allowing him to lock McKinzy and Frost into one clear spot, but there's a chance the two will need to continue to cross-train at both positions to be ready when one or the other needs a rest.
Frost's versatility to play inside or outside could shine through in the spring practice. It'll make him all the more valuable through the season.
If there was something the Auburn offense was missing in 2013, it was a legitimate possession receiver. With Williams coming back to the team in 2014, that shouldn't be a problem.
Williams' presence is part of the reason Marshall is listed here as a potential candidate for the Heisman Trophy.
Williams' speed, hands and agility gives the offense a dynamic it didn't have last year. Offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee, who spoke with Brandon Marcello of AL.com, noted how the offense needed Williams' talents, saying, "You can tell why we needed him and why we wanted him. He's got God-given abilities that are really good, and I think he'll really add value to our wide receiving corps."
Seeing him on the field should bring a smile to Auburn fans who are pining for a more-balanced offense.