Auburn's A-Day 2011: 9 Tigers You Need To Watch

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Auburn's A-Day 2011: 9 Tigers You Need To Watch

"Ball on the two-yard line. Neil Caudle will hold, Wes Byrum will kick. Auburn 19, Oregon 19. The snap is good, the hold is good, the kick is good! Auburn has won the Tostitos BCS National Championship! 22-19! Their first national title in 53 years! War Eagle!"

I think that says it all. Two years after a 5-7 season that led to head coach Tommy Tuberville's resignation and to Gene Chizik's confusing hiring, the Tigers went 14-0 and won the BCS title, bringing in the Heisman and Lombardi Trophies.

However, unlike in year's past, the reigning champions won't exactly be high in the polls to start 2011. Auburn loses 23 seniors, five players booted thanks to arrests, four players for personal reasons and three players (QB Cam Newton, DT Nick Fairley and WR Darvin Adams) early to the NFL Draft.

This year's Auburn team will feature a lot of new faces, as the Tigers return just eight starters from last season (four on offense and defense each).

However, despite the fact that expectations are low for Auburn from media and fans alike, don't tell Auburn head coach Gene Chizik that. The goal remains the same, and this year's Tiger team will be trying to win Auburn's second consecutive national championship.

Unfortunately for fans, though, it's only April. The good news, as is always the case this time of year, is that A-Day is nearly here. Last year, over 63,000 passionate fans filled Jordan-Hare Stadium to watch this practice game, and this year's game is this Saturday, April 16.

When you watch A-Day this Saturday, here are nine players you should keep your eye on.

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