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With only eight starters returning, there isn't much to be optimistic about, even after a national championship season. However, new faces aren't always a bad thing—nobody knew who Cam Newton was at this time last year, either.
If Auburn can find a playmaker on offense to complement up-and-coming running back Michael Dyer, the Tigers should be in good shape for the fall.
Eight starters return. No matter how much talent returns, lack of experience can lead to very disappointing seasons—just ask Texas and Florida. Yes, Dyer returns, but coach Gene Chizik needs to find a way to develop talent very quickly.
I know this is going to make some Auburn fans angry, but in all reality, Cam Newton and Nick Fairley were this team last year. With both out of the picture, it is going to be very hard for Auburn to duplicate last year's success. It may not be what Tiger fans want to hear, but it's the truth.