There are no one-man teams.
But there certainly is evidence that one man can make or break a team.
Exhibit A: Texas doesn’t win the national championship in 2005 without Vince Young.
Exhibit B: Oregon might have won the 2007 national title had quarterback Dennis Dixon not gotten hurt.
Dixon was the definition of an indispensable player last season. Dixon was perhaps the Heisman leader and had guided the Ducks to an 8-1 record, a No. 2 national ranking and an early lead over Arizona when he crumpled to the ground with a season-ending knee injury. The Ducks’ national championship hopes crumpled with him and they lost three in a row.
Here’s a list of indispensable players whose health and availability could make – or break – their teams’ success in 2008.
1. Chase Daniel, QB, Missouri