In the next couple of months the leadership on this team needs to step up and keep the momentum going from winter workouts and spring training.
Normally in the offseason leadership comes from the seniors, who want to do everything possible to make sure their final college football team is the best it can be. However, the leadership can come from younger players, too, as they set examples by showing the type of work ethic needed to improve in the offseason.
Without a doubt college football players can make major strides in their personal development this time of year. What they do to improve their strength, speed and overall level of conditioning is vitally important toward determining what type of success they are going to have on Saturdays this fall.
The great football teams, without exception, are going to get better over the summer because of the work ethic of the players who feel the need to keep on pushing. It is just that simple.
I think it is particularly important for the Auburn football players to adopt a philosophy of hard work this summer because there are so many talented young ones on the roster who have a lot of room for growth.
While there is ability on the 2012 Auburn team, that only gives you a chance to be good. What you do with that ability, and developing it in a team concept, will make the difference between winning and losing football games in the fall.
I think this Auburn football team will be good this season. I am seeing all of the right signs and I am excited to see what it can do.
(If you have a question or a subject you would like me to write about in future columns, you can email it to PatDye@autigers.com.)
Editor's Note: This is part of a series of columns that College Football Hall of Fame member Pat Dye is writing for AUTigers.com about the game he played and coached. An All-American player at Georgia and one of the top head coaches in SEC history at Auburn, he also served as a head coach at East Carolina and Wyoming. Dye participates in the Legends Poll, a Top 25 rating of the best teams in college football as determined by a panel of all-star former head coaches. Dye writes three columns for AUTigers.com--The Dye-Log, the Dye-Gest and Pat's Picks.