Talent can only take you so far in a power conference like the Pac-12; the rest, ultimately, falls on the leadership of veterans like Oregon's Marcus Mariota or UCLA's Brett Hundley, both of whom will need to be vocal both on and off the field in order to take their respective teams to the top.
But the aforementioned players are obvious candidates to be leaders of their squads. They're talented, experienced and looked up to by younger players, especially during the tough times.
What we're looking at here are players who you might not necessarily identify as leaders, but who must nonetheless step their game up in that department in 2014. To be clear, this isn't a knock on the following five guys, but rather a call to action due to a key offseason graduation or presumed expanded role on the field.
All five players have proven skills and played integral parts in their team's successes in 2013. Now, they must learn to become leaders as well.