LSU's Roster for NCAA Football 12 Released

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As the release of NCAA Football 12 approaches, EA tends to leak out details in a trickle to keep folks interested all the way to the final days and this year has been no exception. Recently, their online Teambuilder site, which takes a lot of the pain out of making a custom team, (like my annual creation, the K&B Creoles) went live and perhaps inadvertently revealed the entire built-in rosters for the game. As always, to comply with NCAA rules, none of the players have names, just numbers on the back of their jerseys. However, EA does try to make the teams realistic and usually gets pretty close on the simulated rosters. I've taken the basic identifying stats and overall ranking for each player and tried to match it to the current available LSU roster

LSU is loaded with highly talented players as always, with only four players ranked below 70 on it's 100 point scale. There aren't very many superstars in their opinion, however, with only 4 players ranking 90 or above (and the highest ranked player on the team may surprise you). 

 

 

ATVS Estimated name

EA's Given number

Pos

Ht/Wt

Yr

Rating

Zach Mettenberger

11

QB

6’-5"/245

JR

85

Jordan Jefferson

9

QB

6’-5"/244

SR

84

Jarrett Lee

12

QB

6"-2"/207

SR

79

 

QB - Here's your big controversy right off the bat. His stats may be incorrect, but make no mistake, EA is clearly saying Mettenberger is the better QB. It remains to be seen who they have set as the default starter.

 

 

Alfred Blue

24

HB

6’-2"/207

SO

84

Kenny Hilliard

27

HB

6’-0"/218

FR

74

B.J. Wilson

23

HB

5’-9"/184

JR

78

Terrence Magee

20

HB

5’-9"/209

FR

61

Michael Ford

42

HB

5’-10"/202

SO

87

 

HB - Alfred Blue's number is wrong (currently listed as 4); Terrence Magee is currently without an official number, and the #20 EA gives him obviously won't be what he wears on the field.

 

 

Spencer Ware

16

FB

5’-11"/225

SO

73

James Stampley

35

FB

5’-10"/230

SR

77

 

FB - None of our FBs match the vitals listed for the 1st FB on the list. There is, however a 5'-11"/225 SO RB who used to wear #16 in Spencer Ware (he'll be wearing 11 this year). That leaves JC Copeland without a spot on the roster.

 

 

James Wright

82

WR

6’-2"/197

SO

74

Chris Tolliver

21

WR

6’-1"/178

JR

81

Jakhari Gore

85

WR

5’-10"/165

FR

74

Jarrett Fobbs

5

WR

5’-11"/185

SO

67

Russell Shepard

10

WR

6’-1"/188

JR

85

Rueben Randle

2

WR

6’-4"/207

JR

90

Kadron Boone

86

WR

6’-0"/202

SO

80

Odell Beckham Jr.

80

WR

5’-11"/178

FR

79

Jarvis Landry

81

WR

5’-11"/190

FR

66


WR - The guesses at this position all involve the freshmen, RS and otherwise (Jakhari Gore, Odell Beckham Jr., and Jarvis Landry). Gore's #3 has been given to a punter so I've had him take Long Snapper Alex Russian's #85 with close statistics. Beckham slots into the #80 (currently used by RS FR DB Jeffrey Lang) and Landry get #81 from another WR, FR RS Armand Williams who doesn't appear to have a match on EA's roster.

 

Deangelo Peterson

19

TE

6’-4"/243

SR

86

Mitch Joseph

83

TE

6’-5"/265

SR

80

Chase Clement

88

TE

6’-5"/261

JR

84

 

TE - Nothing wrong here, all the players you would expect to see make the field this year are listed correctly.

 

 

La'el Collins

71

LT

6’-5"/285

FR

78

Chris Faulk

76

LT

6’-6"/316

SO

86

Josh Dworaczyk

68

LG

6’-6"/295

SR

89

Trai Turner

61

LG

6’-5"/280

FR

72

Matt Branch

79

LG

6’-6"/287

JR

82

T-Bob Hebert

53

C

6’-3"/280

SR

92

P.J. Lonergan

64

C

6’-4"/300

JR

89

Josh Williford

74

RG

6’-7"/324

SO

81

Jonah Austin

67

RG

6’-5"/340

FR

74

Will Blackwell

60

RG

6’-4"/303

SR

88

Greg Shaw

75

RT

6-5"/295

SR

85

Alex Hurst

72

RT

6’-5"/329

JR

88

 

OL - It is here we find the EA Best Player on The Team in T-Bob Hebert with an overall rank of 92/100. Whether he starts at C or RG may be one of the more interesting battles of Summer Ball with Will Blackwell expected to be back at 100%. I think Matt Branch is on the wrong side of the line, but the listed stats are a match. The positions of #71, #61, and #67 are difficult to guess as there are no direct matches with the freshman on the roster. I've placed my best guesses in those spots.

 

 

Barkevious Mingo

49

LE

6"-5"/237

SO

82

Quentin Thomas

92

LE

6’-3"/227

FR

71

Kendrick Adams

94

LE

6’-5"/255

SR

86

Jordan Allen

98

LE

6’-6"/252

SO

74

Chancey Aghayere

87

RE

6’-4"/230

JR

85

Justin Maclin

54

RE

6’-4"/230

SO

75

Lavar Edwards

89

RE

6’-5"/265

JR

84

Dennis Johnson

97

DT

6’-2"/287

SR

74

Chris Davenport

91

DT

6’-4"/311

SO

69

Ego Ferguson

96

DT

6’-4"/298

FR

72

Josh Downs

77

DT

6’-1"/278

JR

85

Michael Brockers

90

DT

6’-6"/300

SO

81

 

DL - Quentin Thomas picks up a currently unassigned #92, and Justin Maclin is on the wrong side. I've put TEAM EGO as the best match at #96 (he's listed as wearing #9, but I believe EA shares Hawthorne's problems with duplicate numbers and doesn't allow them) Note that FR Anthony "Freak" Johnson is not on the roster.

 

 

Stefoin Francois

23

LOLB

6’-1"/215

SR

86

Luke Muncie

52

LOLB

6’-3"/223

SO

70

Tahj Jones

58

LOLB

6’-2"/205

SO

74

D.J. Welter

31

MLB

6’-0"/226

SO

71

Jarrett Hardnett

48

MLB

6’-2"/230

JR

70

Kevin Minter

46

MLB

6’-1"/225

SO

80

Josh Johns

39

ROLB

6’-2"/206

SO

73

Ryan Baker

22

ROLB

6’-0"/227

SR

89

Lamin Barrow

57

ROLB

6’-2"/221

SO

78


LB - This is a tough one for EA to do because they stick with a standard right-middle-left LB positions while many teams have multiple variations that give positions different names and often move personnel to different sides for coverage of specific targets. With this in mind, I basically ignored EA's directional listings and just tried to find the best match for all of the LBs. Only Trevon Randle, Nick Rice, and Seth Fruge don't make EA's roster.

 

 

Ron Brooks

13

CB

6’-0"/179

SR

85

Tre' Sullivan

34

CB

6’-2"/180

FR

73

Tharold Simon

26

CB

6’-3"/190

SO

78

Morris Claiborne

17

CB

6’-0"/177

JR

90

David Jenkins

30

CB

6’-1"/185

FR

71

Tyrann Mathieu

14

CB

5’-9"/180

SO

87

Karnell Hatcher

37

FS

6’-2"/212

SR

89

Craig Loston

6

FS

6’-2"/200

SO

83

Ronnie Vinson

28

FS

5’-11"/187

SO

73

Brandon Taylor

15

SS

6’-0"/195

SR

90

Eric Reid

1

SS

6’-2"/207

SO

85

 

CB and S - Same caveat as with the LBs but now with the nickel and dime positions. Tyrann has since picked up Peterson's #7. Tharold Simon is wearing 24 this year. Everyone is a close match with the exception of #30 and #34, which are not currently assigned to any DBs (#30 is P/K Drew Alleman). Again, I've made my best guess.

 

 

Drew Alleman

38

K

5’-11"/182

JR

85

Brad Wing

3

P

6’-1"/200

FR

78

 

P and K - EA's not really close on these. They've got Drew's number wrong and nothing right for Wing.

And that's all for EA's roster. Just 68 spots, with no room for Long Snappers (sadly, we may never seen the Kinchen brothers in a video game) and not a lot of spare room for depth, with guys like JC Copeland, Cameron Fordham, Sam Montgomery, and Rockey Duplessis left off.

 


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