NORMAN — Ryan Broyles has no complaints about his virtual self in the newest installment of the EA Sports NCAA Football franchise.
After catching 46 passes for 687 yards, an Oklahoma freshman record, the sophomore receiver was impressed with his new place as Sam Bradford’s top target on the game.
"He exceeded my expectations,” said Broyles, who considers himself one of the more avid players of the game on the team. "But it’s the guy with the controller in his hand who decides how good he can really be.”
For Broyles, the interaction between the two players holding a controller is what he cares about.
Rule No. 1: Don’t forget your swagger.
Two players sit down in front of the screen. Buttons are pushed, trash is talked. One stands with bragging rights.
Until next time, anyway.
"If I’m playing somebody like Jermaine (Gresham), he talks the most junk, so I’ve got to talk junk too,” said senior offensive lineman Trent Williams. "If I score on him in two plays, I let him hear it, and let him know how bad his defense is.”
The virtual field is no friend of fragile egos.
Especially when it comes to comparing the real-life Sooners to their virtual counterparts.
"Last year, they didn’t even have me starting, they kind of screwed me over,” said Williams, who earned a first-team All-Big 12 nod in 2008.