Great coaching, talent and a favorable schedule are some of the key ingredients to a successful college football season. One of the keys that is often forgotten, though, is leadership. College teams won't go far without it. Every team that makes a run toward a national title or conference championship has players who helped get it there.
So, what is leadership?
It's players who set an example on and off the field. Most of the time, these are the guys who have been with the program for three or four years. They have learned the ropes, know what the coaching staff expects and they pass it on to the younger players. They help keep players in line and are also who players turn to when times get rough.
Whether it is on or off the field, every team needs leadership in order to accomplish the season’s goals.