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He does concede that with 25-30 players seeing their first college action Saturday, it “ought to get extremely interesting.”

Even at the relatively experienced running back position, freshman Tre Mason is next in line behind junior Onterio McCalebb and sophomore Mike Dyer. McCalebb is getting the starting nod ahead of Dyer, offensive MVP of the national championship game.

The secondary returns senior Neiko Thorpe, but he’s moved from cornerback to safety. Cornerback T’Sharvan Bell, who started SEC and BCS title games, has a nickname for his group.

“It’s Puppyville back there,” Bell said. “We’ve got a lot of youngsters out there.”