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Sneak Peek at NCAA ’13 Penn State Ratings

The release of the newest NCAA Football game is still over a month away, but team and individual rankings have surfaced thanks to Tradition Sports and Kegs ‘N Eggs (The Penn State ratings begin at the 12:08 mark of the video). With Bill O’Brien having revealed his first depth chart the other day, we thought it would be fun to see what the Nittany Lions depth chart would look like according to the video game. Next to each player’s name will be their overall rating in the game, and below the depth chart will be some further observations.


Wide Receiver
Justin Brown (85)
Allen Robinson – (Not Listed)
Shawney Kersey (75)
Matt Zanellato (74) 
Christian Kuntz (71) 

Wide Receiver (Slot) 
Devon Smith (83) 
Alex Kenney (74) 

Left Tackle
Adam Gress (84)
Nate Cadogan (76)

Left Guard
#74 (Miles Dieffenbach???) (82) 

Matt Stankiewitch (84) 
Ty Howle (80)

Right Guard
John Urschel (79) 
Eric Shrive (74)
Mark Arcidiacono (73) 

Right Tackle
Donovan Smith (77)
Mike Farrell (74)

Tight End 
Gary Gilliam (72) 
Kevin Haplea (69)

Matt McGloin (77)
Paul Jones (77)
Rob Bolden (75)

Silas Redd (95)
Derek Day (83)
Bill Belton (77)
Curtis Dukes (74)

Michael Zordich (75)


Left End
Sean Stanley (84)
Kyle Baublitz (74)

Jordan Hill (84)
DaQuan Jones (80)
James Terry (77)
Anthony Zettel (76)

Right End
Pete Massaro – (Not Listed)
Deion Barnes (78)
C.J. Olaniyan (72)

Left Outside Linebacker 
Gerald Hodges (87) 
Mike Hull (70)

Middle Linebacker
Glenn Carson (88)
Michael Yancich (83)
Ben Kline (69)

Right Outside Linebacker 
Michael Mauti (89)
Khairi Fortt (84)
James Van Fleet (77)

Stephon Morris (81) 
#2 (Curtis Drake???) (81)
Derrick Thomas (76)
Mike Wallace (74)

Strong Safety
Ryan Keiser (78)
Jake Fagano (76)

Free Safety 
Adrian Amos (87)
Malcolm Willis (73)
#22 (70)


Anthony Fera (87)

Alex Butterworth (77)

A few things that jumped out were the absences of Pete Massaro, Miles Dieffenbach, and Allen Robinson — all projected starters for Penn State. The game also appears to create a few players. The one left guard occupies the number 74, a number not currently in use on Penn State’s actual roster. They were very fond of current San Diego Charger Johnnie Troutman in last year’s ratings, but this does not look to be him. Sticking with the theme but moving to the defensive side, there is a free safety that can only be identified as #22.

Additionally, the game appears to feature the departed Curtis Drake. Adrian Amos is listed at safety in the game while Adam Gress and Donovan Smith have their positions swapped with each other.

A few more notes on the ratings:

  • While they had equal overall ratings, Paul Jones was listed above Matt McGloin as the list scrolled down. Jones bests McGloin in speed, agility, and acceleration while McGloin is given the edge in strength, awareness, and break tackle.
  • The TEs (Garry Gilliam and Kevin Haplea) got absolutely no love.
  • Jordan Hill, and especially Malcolm Willis, were rated way lower than we predicted.
  • In a surprise move, Derek Day is rated higher than Bill Belton.
  • Silas Redd is the third highest rated RB in the game. (h/t Victory Bell Rings)
  • Besides Silas Redd, the Penn State offense looks… umm… not great.
  • Wisconsin was not featured in the video, but nine of the other ten projected quarterback starters for Big Ten teams were ranked higher than McGloin and Jones. The one exception was Indiana.
  • Who rated Glenn Carson higher than Gerald Hodges? Did they watch Hodges flying around the field last year?
  • In terms of team rankings, Penn State was given an 89 which is good for third best in the Leaders Division, seventh in the Big Ten (this time including Wisconsin), and tied for thirty third overall with seven other teams.

NCAA Football 13 with Heisman winner Robert Griffin III will be released on July 10th.

Ryan Beckler contributed to this post.

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Drew Balis

Drew is a senior marketing major. This fall, he will be covering Penn State Football for Onward State. He is a huge Philadelphia sports fan and loves THON and Domonic Brown.

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