The rise to greatness has been a total team effort for the Oregon Ducks.
Over the past few years, guys like John Boyett, Darron Thomas, LaMichael James, Casey Matthews, Brandon Bair and so many others have played pivotal roles in taking this program to the top.
But not all players are created equal, and while everyone must contribute if the 2013 Ducks are to match or exceed their predecessors, there are certain guys who must step up and be the very best.
Also factored into this list is the current depth at each position. While it's fair to argue that Colt Lyerla is one of the top five players on the team, the tight end depth chart is deeper than the Mariana Trench, and thus Lyerla was excluded.
In other words, which guys would hurt the team the most with their absence, be it from injury or something else?
Taking into account talent and the value each player has to the team, here are the five most important Ducks heading into the 2013.