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NCAA Football 12 - Tennessee Player Ratings

EA Sports' annual contribution to the offseason hits shelves on July 12, but once again they've updated their TeamBuilder website before the game's release.  TeamBuilder allows you to create a school and have it ready to play as soon as the game is released, but it also gives us a sneak peak at the player ratings for the game since you can automatically choose to use an existing team's roster as well.

You can find all of the rosters for NCAA 12 on the TeamBuilder site by creating a school, then going over to the Roster tab on the far right, where you can choose any of the 120 FBS schools as your template.  You can find UT's complete player ratings there, as well as breakdowns on speed, awareness, etc.  After the jump, we've got the ratings for the starting lineup, with a few surprises as always...

QB Tyler Bray 84

RB Tauren Poole 91

FB Channing Fugate 79

WR Justin Hunter 83

WR Zach Rogers 80 (Da'Rick Rogers is third best at 78)

TE Mychal Rivera 69

LT Dallas Thomas 89

LG JerQuari Schofield 81

C James Stone 83

RG Zach Fulton 83

RT Ja'Wuan James 85

 

DE Jacques Smith 82

DE Willie Bohannon 75

DT Malik Jackson 85

DT Maurice Couch 74 (Montori Hughes is an 82)

OLB Herman Lathers 89

MLB John Propst 75 (Austin Johnson is listed as an OLB at 73)

OLB Daryl Vereen 80

CB Prentiss Waggner 87

CB Marsalis Teague 84

FS Janzen Jackson 91

SS Brent Brewer 84

 

K Michael Palardy 87

P Matt Darr 83

 

Some quick observations:

  • I haven't seen Tennessee's playbook in the game to know if it's going to be shotgun-heavy, but it won't be as easy to sling the ball all over the field with this team as I thought.  We might think Bray's number is a little low, but it's the WRs that really get hammered:  after the top three, it drops down to one of the freshmen at 73 overall, Matt Milton at 72, and then the rest are in the 60s.  Tight ends are even worse.
  • Tauren Poole does have a higher number than I thought he'd have, and the offensive line is average, so your best bet at scoring on the video game may look a lot different than UT's best bet on the field this fall.
  • The Austin Johnson issue on defense is another example of EA making a huge error in roster management, but it's hard to complain about the rest of the defense.  Last year their biggest UT error was with Janzen Jackson, but this year he's rightfully the best player on the team, and the rest of the secondary is also very strong.