Avoiding a Letdown: Nine Players Who Need To Break Out For Auburn in 2011

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Avoiding a Letdown: Nine Players Who Need To Break Out For Auburn in 2011
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Gene Chizik and the Auburn Tigers won the BCS National Championship over Oregon on January 10, 2011.

The Auburn Tigers overcame all the odds. They battled from behind. They overcame a 24-point deficit to beat Alabama on the road. They did what no one thought they could.

They won the national championship.

Much of the success should be accredited to Cameron Newton, Nick Fairley, and the massive group of seniors Auburn was blessed with. 

Gone are great players and leaders. Auburn's cupboard is bare next year, right?

Wrong.

Like any team, Auburn must reload. And reload they will. It may take a year or so to rebuild, but keep in mind: Auburn wasn't supposed to be here. When Gene Chizik took over, he said he needed 3 to 4 full recruiting years to get this team to a competitive level. This year was just their year.

After a championship, anything other than a repeat is a disappointment. Do I think Auburn will repeat? No.

But can they be a good team? Yes.

New playmakers must surface. New leaders must step up. It's time for these guys to break out.

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