Had time to think about some scenarios today, and it dawned on me how one player can make a huge difference- in a team, a game, a coach's career, a school's reputation. Eli Manning- took a perennial loser to co-champions of the SEC West with eventual SEC champion LSU. Cotton Bowl appearance against OK State. After he left- 4-7 season for the Rebels, back to the scrap heap. Tim Tebow- two SEC Championships in 4 years. 2 National Titles in 4 years. After he leaves- mediocrity. The coach praised for revolutionary offense run out of town. Johnny Manziel- remember, prior to Johnny Football, A&M was a laughing stock. Mike Sherman run out of town. Now, the Aggies look like world beaters and Coach Sumlin looks like a genius. Of course, certain positions lend themselves to being a difference maker, based on the sheer number of touches. QB, RB, and to a lesser extent, WR tend to make the difference. Look at Timmons for UK, I think he touched the ball on every play. To be perfectly honest with you, this thread began with me thinking about Vernon Hargreaves. What a difference maker. Would we be where we are without him? And how much more of an impact will he make as he gets older? To me, it's truly amazing what difference one special person can have on a season.