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Four teams getting star production from replacements

When a program is able to have an extended run of success, it often is the result of being able to replace its departing star players with something nearly as good.

There was no better example of the power of effective replacements than Florida last season. Billy Donovan entered last season having lost two early-entries (Matt Walsh and Anthony Roberson) and one valued senior (David Lee), but found more-than-suitable replacements for each. And you know how that turned out.

Through the first month of play, four players stand out as being nearly as good as the stars they replaced and, consequently, their teams are nearly picking up where they left off last season, despite having to deal with the transition.