This is part one of four in a series of articles leading up to Auburn's season opener against Louisiana Tech. Today is my biggest issue that I have with the 2009 Auburn football season.
The depth chart came out yesterday, giving those of us that have been waiting to see the ones that would be on Pat Dye field this coming Saturday.
Anticipation for fans to see this new and exciting football team is at an all time high, especially with the RVs rolling in today. With all the questions to be answered, there is one key element in order for Auburn to be successful this season.
Keeping that injury bug at bay.
It maybe easier said then done, and with news of the wide receiver corps having players hurt, things are already tough on the Plains.
The linebackers already have their share of injuries, with that theme carrying all throughout fall practice. Many other positions could be one injury away before personnel issues become a problem.
With all of that said, injuries are part of the game.
Players go down, others fall behind them, either stepping up to the challenge or learning the ropes the hard way. Everyone on the team this year will learn a thing or two on how the game is played.
What is crucial, if your mainly concerned about this season, is having those players stay healthy for the most part.
Expectations are certainly high for what this program can do down the road. However, in this time of "win now" attitude, early success is essential for building a contender.
The young players that will start or play this season will have to learn quick. These players, though, will only learn if they are on the field.
It has gotten to the point where its just as important as having the guys play on the field instead of having experience. Experience is playing on that field in front of 87,451 fans wearing the orange and navy blue.
If Auburn can somehow manage to run through the season and keep the guys on the field, learning how everything works should fall into place.
This team does have the talent to reach a bowl game this year. Bowl eligibility should always be a goal regardless on how the rest of the conference is competing.
Its time for the Gene Chizik era to start here at Auburn. Keep swatting away that injury bug, and Auburn will find itself in a bowl game this postseason.
A bowl game leads this program in the right direction for the years to come.