The new leaders
LEADERS LOST DERRICK DEESE: Longest-tenured 49er was a true leader teammates looked up to on and off field. JEFF GARCIA: Fiery QB grew into role in recent seasons and became team spokesman and offensive fireplug GARRISON HEARST: Commanding presence in locker room had respect of every player on team CHIDI AHANOTU: Veteran wasn't afraid to tell it like it is and quickly moved to forefront in only season with team TERRELL OWENS: Some might consider it laughable his name's included here, but younger players - particularly the younger receivers - looked up to him RON STONE: Massive lineman shunned spotlight, but he was an intimidator that nobody messed with ZACK BRONSON: Safety was developing reputation for cool leadership before injuries derailed his career with team SEAN MORAN: Role player was respected for his veteran experience and gritty special teams play READY TO STEP UP BRYANT YOUNG: Has been one of franchise's greatest leaders of the past two decades JEREMY NEWBERRY: Tough guy knows how it's done and isn't shy in showing others the way JULIAN PETERSON: Stepped up big-time in leadership role last year, but it's difficult to lead in absentia SCOTT GRAGG: Accountable veteran has gradually become a commanding presence in locker room DEREK SMITH: Productive veteran now moving to forefront among prominent team figures TONY PARRISH: Rugged, dynamic safety has gained respect of all in just two years with team AHMED PLUMMER: Not the rah-rah type, but smooth, cool presence provides quality texture to fabric of team TIM RATTAY: Not a vocal or a forceful presence, but teammates believe in him and what he can do ANDRE CARTER: Nice-guy personality has great work ethic and takes mean streak with him onto field FRED BEASLEY: Doesn't say a word, because he doesn't have to KEVAN BARLOW: Has developed newfound maturity and confidence after being handed fat contract and starting role at tailback BRANDON LLOYD: Youngest player to be identified by teammates as top candidate to take on new leadership role
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