Top 5 takeaways from spring practice 

April, 29, 2014
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Spring football has mostly wrapped. If we have a fall as intriguing as this spring -- and I suspect we will with the arrival of the playoff system -- college football is in for quite a ride in 2014.

The spring highlights included Nebraska coach Bo Pelini lifting a cat like the mayor hoisting Punxsutawney Phil in "Groundhog Day" and the Heisman Trophy winner playing in a football scrimmage on a Saturday and closing a road baseball game the next day.

Here are my spring takeaways leading into the summer months. Take heart, college football fans: We're just four months from the kickoff between South Carolina and Texas A&M in Columbia.

1. Some programs' possible starting QBs have yet to arrive, including Alabama's

The reviews I have heard of Lane Kiffin's first spring were positive. They fit what I presumed to be true: Kiffin, in a very different role as a supporting cast member instead of the lead, would fit well within a highly respected mentor's system.

What's interesting in Kiffin's initial spring, important and useful as it might have been, is that it likely did not include Alabama's starting quarterback. FSU transfer Jacob Coker will arrive this summer, joining the race that to this point has featured Blake Sims and Cooper Bateman.