After having a stellar freshman season, Julio Jones has the loftiest expectations. He set a freshman record for receiving yards and literally carried the team down the stretch to an SEC championship appearance.
Several different times during the season, it took two or three defenders just to take him to the turf. He is going to be counted on even more this year, with a first-time starter at quarterback who is going to need to find a good go-to man.
Some others that are going to have some high expectations are Terrence Cody, Rolando McClain, and Dont'a Hightower. These three helped anchor the third-best overall defense in all the land.
Cody and McClain are on the preseason All-American list, and Hightower is good enough to be mentioned on that list as well.
Most of the defense has returned this year to lend a helping hand, but all eyes are going to be on these three as they try to stop opposing offenses again.
Terry Grant now has a lot expected of him after spring training. Grant hasn't been mentioned much since his freshman year, when he was the starter and got the bulk of the workload.
Since then, names like Mark Ingram, Roy Upchurch, Glen Coffee, and now Trent Richardson have been passing him. That is, until spring training and the A-Day game.
Grant decided to really push himself to try to get back into the rotation, instead of just getting to play cleanup at the end of a blowout. The coaching staff was impressed by the progress that he made, and he could see considerably more playing time.
Now that he has worked harder, the coaches are going to expect him to play at a higher level all of the time.