We're almost there. Just about time to put up or shut up.
For the first time in a while, there won't be any Heisman Trophy winners on the field to start the 2011 season. That means that we're going to need a new group of talented players to fawn over during the course of the season.
And there will be plenty of talented superstars out there on which the media and various fan bases can gush.
But there are a number of admittedly talented players out there who will be branded by the media as “the next [insert great player name here],” or the “spark needed to turn the program around.”
It's hard enough for an 18-23 year old to carry such a burden, but it's doubly difficult when the player in question doesn't quite have the skill level the national media genius of the week thinks he does.
Here are 11 players who will trot onto the field in 2011 with the weight of their respective programs on their questionably capable shoulders.