It was Alexander Pope who said, "hope springs eternal."
And while I'm sure that most Vol fans don't care much about the content of "An Essay on Man," phrases that mention HOPE and SPRING seem to be right up their alley.
The practical purposes of spring football practice are pretty simple. The coaches and players essentially get a three-week refresher course that allows them to brush up on schematics and terminology. And they also get to assess how players have progressed through offseason workouts.
However, for the fans, spring football is anything but practical. It offers the chance to be hypothetical. Who is the next big star? What kind of offenses and defenses will the coaches feature? How good can we be?
It offers an opportunity to hit the reset button and start from scratch, because in the spring anything seems possible.
The seventh-string tailback can leapfrog everyone on the depth chart, and every team seems to be a title contender.
So in the spirit of spring ball and all the speculation that goes with it, these are my five players poised for a breakout spring.
This article was originally posted here.
Ryan Wooden writes a weekly column for www.knoxvegasvols.com called, "Woody's Ward." He also contributes to the sites coverage of football, basketball and recruiting. For more Volunteer related coverage be sure to check out http://knoxvegasvols.com/. You can also follow Ryan on twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/ryan_wooden.