Alabama

Starts: March 24.

Spring game: April 21.

Last season: 6-7.

Inside scoop: Alabama players will get their first real taste of Nick Saban's demanding coaching style, making this the Crimson Tide's most anticipated spring in years. Saban's only major question mark on offense is who will replace three-time leading rusher Kenneth Darby. Top candidates include Jimmy Johns and Glen Coffee. The Tide must replace six defensive starters but get back All-SEC CB Simeon Castille and MLB Prince Hall.

Arkansas

Starts: March 13.

Spring game: April 14.

Last season: 10-4.

Inside scoop: Spring practice might be a reprieve for this program, which has endured plenty of off-the-field turmoil lately. Offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn left to join the staff at Tulsa, and freshman QB Mitch Mustain has been released to transfer. As coach Houston Nutt scrambled to defend his program, athletic director Frank Broyles announced he'll retire at the end of the year. The Razorbacks return RB Darren McFadden, who was the Heisman Trophy runner-up last year - if anyone remembers that far back.

Auburn

Started: Feb. 27.

Spring game: March 17.

Last season: 11-2.

Inside scoop: Plenty of jobs will be up for grabs, including at RB with the loss of Kenny Irons. The top candidates to replace him are junior Brad Lester and sophomore Ben Tate. Lester has the experience and scored nine TD last season, but has had injury problems and was suspended for the bowl game. Tate looked impressive in several games as a freshman. The Tigers also must replace four offensive linemen, top receiver Courtney Taylor and four defensive starters.

Florida

Starts: March 21.

Spring game: April 14.

Last season: 13-1.

Inside scoop: The defending national champions are now QB Tim Tebow's team. Coach Urban Meyer has a quarterback whose mobility is a better fit for the spread-option, and the offense could look even more like Meyer's Utah squad with Alex Smith. How Tebow progresses in his first spring as the starter is worth watching. Ultimately, the offense should be on the rise. The defense must replace four stars who left early for the NFL draft. About a third of the Gators' heralded recruiting class is already enrolled and will participate in spring ball.

Georgia

Starts: Monday

Spring game: April 7.

Last season: 9-4.

Inside scoop: Unlike last season, the Bulldogs don't have to worry about the quarterback position; Matthew Stafford locked up that spot with his strong play down the stretch as a freshman. But Georgia will try to fill major holes in the offensive and defensive line, which likely will be the focus on spring practice. Unlike in past years, Georgia recruited heavily in the junior college and prep school ranks, looking for players who could make a quicker impact. Seven linemen already have enrolled in school and will be available for spring workouts.

Kentucky

Starts: March 28.

Spring game: April 21.

Last season: 8-5.

Inside scoop: QB Andre Woodson temporarily lost his starting job last spring, but he is entrenched as the starter after throwing 31 TD passes and leading the Wildcats to their first bowl game victory since 1984. WRs Keenan Burton and Dicky Lyons Jr. are back. RB Rafael Little leads a trio of talented backs, so the offense should be in good shape. Former defensive backs coach Steve Brown takes over the coordinator duties, trying to improve a unit that ranked second-to-last in the nation in yards allowed.

LSU

Started: Feb. 26.

Spring game: March 24.

Last season: 11-2.

Inside scoop: LSU's offense is in the midst of a makeover after the early departure of QB JaMarcus Russell and two of his best receivers. QB Matt Flynn, who'll be a senior, is the projected starter, with sophomore Ryan Perrilloux backing up. New offensive coordinator Gary Crowton, hired when Jimbo Fisher left for Alabama, is expected to implement some spread-option looks. The Tigers' are also looking for two new starters at safety and on the defensive line. Some of those spots might not be set until late summer, after several highly rated recruits have had a chance to suit up in August.

Mississippi State

Started: Feb. 26.

Spring game: March 31.

Last season: 3-9.

Inside scoop: The heart of the Bulldogs' defense will be playing in the NFL next year, and coaches have made several position changes that will require adjustments. Most notably coach Sylvester Croom moved CB Derek Pegues to SS. The team must replace MLB Quinton Culberson, three DLs and two CBs. Junior college signees DT Jessie Bowman and LB Dominic Douglas are already on the defensive depth chart. QB Josh Riddell, a potential back-up to injury-prone quarterback Michael Henig, already is enrolled.

Ole Miss

Started: Friday

Spring game: April 7.

Last season: 4-8.

Inside scoop: Priority No. 1 for the Rebels will be replacing their three starting linebackers, including All-American and Butkus Award winner Patrick Willis. Disciplinary action has also left the team thin at the position. With S Jamarca Sanford switched back to his old position, freshman Jonathan Cornell is the only returning player with a start (one). Those at other positions will be given a shot to play linebacker this spring while the team awaits the summertime arrival of junior college transfer Tony Fein.

South Carolina

Starts: March 20.

Spring game: April 14.

Last season: 8-5.

Inside scoop: Steve Spurrier couldn't feel better about the Gamecocks direction after they finished with three straight wins for the first time in 33 years. South Carolina lost star WR Sidney Rice to the NFL after his sophomore season. WR Kenny McKinley becomes the go-to guy. QB Blake Mitchell had a resurgence late in the season and goes into spring practice as a solid No. 1. Most of the defense that excelled down the stretch is back, led by all-SEC linebacker Jasper Brinkley, who considered jumping to the NFL.

Tennessee

Started: Feb. 22.

Spring game: March 31.

Last season: 9-4.

Inside scoop: The Volunteers' young receivers will be vying for the top three spots in the rotation after losing two seniors (Jayson Swain and Bret Smith) and junior star Robert Meachem. Tennessee also will look for help along the offensive and defensive fronts with the loss of second-team All-American offensive tackle Arron Sears and two defensive line starters. And for the first time in a while, the kicking drills will take on added meaning now that coach Phillip Fulmer has to find a replacement for four-year starter James Wilhoit.

Vanderbilt

Started: March 13

Spring game: March 31 (practice concludes April 3)

Last season: 4-8

Inside scoop: There's optimism -what else? -this spring as the Commodores return nine starters on offense and eight on defense. Vandy had a young team last season that lost four games by a touchdown or less. On offense, the combo of QB Chris Nickson and WR Earl Bennett gets another season to click. The decision of linebacker Jonathan Goff to pass up the NFL Draft for his senior season has to help. Special teams, which were shaky last season, are likely to get a lot of work this spring.

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