Auburn Football Spring Practice: Comparing Expectations in 2011 to Those in 2010

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Auburn Football Spring Practice: Comparing Expectations in 2011 to Those in 2010
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Heading into the 2010 season, there were a lot of returning players and few position battles. The biggest question was who would quarterback the 2010 Auburn Tigers—Cam Newton, Barrett Trotter or Neil Caudle? 

Looking back, it seems like a silly question. Most fans were expecting a 10-2 season at best and maybe an 8-4 season as they had questions about the quarterback play and the defense.

After winning the BCS National Championship, where is the focus this spring? It cannot be summed up in just a few key position battles as the Tigers must replace 33 players from last year's championship squad with most positions up for grabs this spring. With a rugged schedule most fans are expecting an 8-4 type year from the 2011 Tigers.

After winning the championship, it is easy to forget the number of questions surrounded the team headed into spring.

While most everyone is projecting a big drop-off for the 2011 Tigers, don't forget that Coach Chizik has put together back-to-back top 10 recruiting classes and there is a lot of young talent on this team. 

Let's take a look at how the expectations heading into this spring compare to just one year ago.

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