Practice opened: March 15.
Key losses: OT Anthony Castonzo, DE Alex Albright, LB Mark Herzlich, DT Damik Scafe, CB DeLeon Gause, OG Thomas Claiborne, OT Rich Lapham, WR Ifeanyi Momah, DE Brad Newman, RB James McCluskey, FS Wes Davis, CB Chris Fox.
The buzz: The Eagles will love another season with workhorse running back Montel Harris (1,243 rushing yards last season), but they must get better quarterback play. Chase Rettig, Dave Shinskie and Mike Marscovetra combined to have 13 touchdown passes and 19 interceptions last season. With linebackers Luke Kuechly and Kevin Pierre-Louis back, the foundation for a solid defense is there.
Practice opened: March 7.
Spring game: April 9.
Key losses: QB Kyle Parker, RB Jamie Harper, DT Jarvis Jenkins, SS DeAndre McDaniel, DE Da'Quan Bowers, OT Chris Hairston, WR Xavier Dye, CB Byron Maxwell, CB Marcus Gilchrist.
The buzz: Let the Tajh Boyd era begin. Boyd, a Phoebus High graduate, takes over as Clemson's full-time starting quarterback with Parker headed to play pro baseball. It's an important spring for Boyd, who should gain confidence from an offense that returns nine starters. Finding a suitable replacement for Bowers on the defensive side may be more difficult than replacing Parker on offense.
Practice opened: Feb. 16.
Spring game: March 26.
Key losses: TE Brett Huffman, C Bryan Morgan, OG Mitchell Lederman, DE Patrick Egboh, CB Chris Rwabukamba, OG Brandon Harper, TE Brandon King, LB Abraham Kromah.
The buzz: Growth is relative for a program that won 10 games from 2000-07, but coach David Cutcliffe appears to be headed in the right direction (12 wins since he arrived in '08). The return of quarterback Sean Renfree (3,131 yards, 17 touchdowns and 14 interceptions) and receivers Conner Vernon and Donovan Varner bodes well, but Duke (minus-11 turnover margin) has only six defensive starters back.
Practice opens: March 21.
Spring game: April 16.
Key losses: QB Christian Ponder, C Ryan McMahon, LB Kendall Smith, DE Markus White, OG Rodney Hudson, FS Ochuko Jenije, LB Mister Alexander.