UMass presence in NCAA Football 13 another sign of arrival http://w w w .masslive.com/umassfootball/index.ssf/2012/07/umass_presence_in_ncaa_footbal.html
August 10, 2012
Michael Beswick I have to say, it was way cooler than I thought it would be. The first time I popped NCAA 13 into my Playstation 3, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed seeing the Minutemen in the game â€” and UMass isn't even my alma mater. UMass fans are likely to enjoy it too, even though the Minutemen are tied with Florida Atlantic for worst rated team in the game. Coach Charley Molnar told me a couple of weeks ago, the day after the game was released, that he thought being in the game might help some fans understand just exactly what this move to FBS meant. "It will affect a small sample of the population, absolutely. This will be one way for them to learn. They'll be people in this state playing the game, and they'll see UMass on there, then they'll figure it out," he said. "You've made it. You're I-A now. You're in the game." UMass linebacker Perry McIntyre, pictured here making an interception against Albany, is the team's highest rated player in NCAA Football 13.
Molnar said he's never played the game himself, though he's watched his children play. "I have no interest," he said. The uniforms are authentic, although EA Sports (who makes the game) must have thought the blue stripe on the helmets that the Minutemen wore in 2011 was permanent â€” and that it was a third color, since quite a few fans in the crowd at UMass home games are rendered in blue. That isn't the only inaccuracy in the game. UMass' home stadium is called "UMass Stadium" in Amherst, Mass. However, it is rendered to look somewhat like Gillette. It looks a lot more like Gillette than McGuirk, anyway. Linebacker Perry McIntyre is the highest rated Minuteman in the game at 77. Punter Jeff Strait and safety Darren Thellen are close behind at 76 and 75 respectively. The names of the players are not included on the game's disc because of NCAA rules, but are easily downloadable for gamers who have online access from their consoles. The ratings are compiled by EA Sports without any input from the coaches, according to UMass Athletics Spokesman John Sinnett. Sinnett said the only communication UMass had with EA Sports was to submit pictures of Gillette, and to indicate which logo would be used at midfield during home games. Transfers Michael Cox, Deion Walker and Hafis Williams were not included in the game's roster. Here are some of the other ratings for key UMass players in the game. Quarterback Kellen Pagel: 67
Running back Alan Williams: 69
Wide receiver Marken Michel: 68
Wide receiver Chase Danska: 65
Tight end Rob Blanchflower: 67
Center Quinton Sales: 71
Cornerback Antoine Tharpe: 69 Here's a little teaser video from the season's first game against UConn. Apparently I need to hit the practice field, because I thought Alan Williams was going to take this one to the house.