There's been so much talk about the difference in Zach this year. Credit his dedication, his relentless preparation, his new offensive coordinator, his new focus and all that free time (he's got just one online course to complete for graduation). The critics of 2012 are fading and the fans of 2013 are emerging. Everyone is beginning to jump on the Zach Wagon. I couldn't be more proud for him and this team. I am confident that we are only at the beginning of great things to come. But let's shift direction a little bit ... For a moment, think about the things that he is doing off the field and the impact that they are having on his teammates today and the impact on this program after his departure. You can hear it in the comments from his team. They talk about his dedication. They talk about his ever present desire to improve and how no matter his rating he feels he can do better. They admire his ability to be self critical and push himself to a higher level even after tossing 5 TD passes. You hear about the ever-present iPad to study film when he's not in the film room and the hours on hours spent at the training complex. He is earning the respect of his team. That includes the respect of the younger QB's. For the first time in many seasons, we have a QB on this team who can have an impact on the younger guys to follow. How valuable is it to have someone like this to work with, train with and play with on Saturday? How valuable is it to have someone to look up to? We really haven't had this level of player, this kind of leadership and influence since the confetti dropped after the 2007 BCS. He is turning things around and is proving that hard work and dedication can erase the past. If Zach's dedication, leadership and preparation rub off on the younger guys ... Well that just may be as valuable as a crystal football.