After a remarkable 12-2 season that finished with an SEC Championship and a spot in the final BCS National Championship Game, the Auburn Tigers will have a target on their backs this season.
Fortunately for the Tigers and their fans, they have the strength to handle the pressure of SEC and national-title hype.
Auburn returns eight starters from one of the nation's most potent offenses and has depth across the defensive line and linebacker units.
However, Gus Malzahn and his staff will need to see improvement from an underwhelming secondary while implementing an entirely new set of specialists.
Here is a bottom-to-top look at the Tigers' positional units, ranked by experience, performance in previous seasons and an outlook toward the near future. Returning starters are listed as top players, while projected new starters and role players are listed as question marks heading into the 2014 season.