NCAA Football 11 comes out tomorrow (July 13) and is packed with new features: realistic playbooks, improved gameplay and updated “atmosphere”.
But one of the most interesting things every year this game comes out is the player rankings. Always a ton of debate on if the game programmers got things right. Are players ranked as high — or low — as the should be?
Let’s take a look. Here are some of OU’s players and their rankings. (Remember, EA Sports cannot put players’ names on the game, so we’re playing a match game here.)
* Ryan Broyles, WR: Broyles is ranking is 95 overall. He got high marks in acceleration (97), receiving (96) and agility (95), so no surprises there.
* DeMarco Murray, RB: Murray is also ranked as a 95 overall. Shouldn’t come as a surprise, but his 79 rating in the injury category probably hurt his overall rating.
* Landry Jones, QB: Jones, rated as a 90, is one of eight Sooners with a ranking of 90 or higher. Jones rated fairly high in the passing categories — throw power (93) and throw accuracy (88) — but the basic skills category probably pulled his rating down a little. He had low ratings in speed (65), agility (62) and strength (59). Here’s hoping the OU line keeps Jones from having to run too much.
* Linemen: Speaking of the OU line….the folks at EA have high thoughts of the 2010 version. All five linemen are rated at 87 or higher. The highest, center Ben Habern and tackle Cory Brandon, came in at a 90.
* Kickers: OU’s kicking duties, according to the game at least, will be handled by Patty O’Hara. EA has O’Hara rated as the Sooners only place kicker at 87. No sign of Jimmy Stevens or Matt Mooreland, on the game’s website at least. Tress Way, however was rated at 86 as a punter.
You can go to EA Sports’ website and take a look at the rest of the Sooners’ roster. Click on ‘Create new school,’ click the ‘roster’ tab and select Oklahoma from the pulldown menu.
We’ll have a preview of the game in Tuesday’s paper (July 13) and we’ll take a good look at the new and updated features of the game.
The game will be in stories tomorrow morning. Give it a test run for us and let us know what you think.
– Ryan Sharp Asst. Sports Editor