Relatively speaking, I'm an old-fashioned guy: I still own an iPod that's just an iPod, my cell phone is only used for calling people and when I pick up EA Sports "NCAA Football 09" it will be the PS2 version and I'll be playing it on a cathode ray tube (upgrades pending).
But that doesn't really bother me because this game, on whatever platform, is still the bridge that gets us from nothingness to spring practice.
With that in mind, I thought I'd take a look at the Nebraska roster for NCAA Football 09—courtesy of this video—because the first thing you're going to do after buying the game is enter/upload the names for the players and anyone who has done this knows that it's an inexact science at best.
Yes, yes, I know that you can pay people to do this for you, and there's even word that if you're a XBox360 or PS3 user you'll be able to download rosters off your respective networks but if you're as old school/thrifty as I am, the best you get is what you type in on your own and that requires some judgment calls.
Below is the roster in EA Sports position order according to me (edits welcome):
QB QB#12 Ganz QB#7 Spano QB#18 Lee QB#2 Witt
Analysis: If you had high hopes of running the shotgun zone read, abandon them now as Joey Ganz' 76 speed is nothing to write home about. Somehow, Spano the true freshman has bettered Witt the redshirt freshman overall.
HB HB#5 Lucky HB#34 Glenn HB#27 Wilson HB#10 Helu HB#33 Okafor HB#35 Rogers
Analysis: So Glenn is still a halfback. I have a feeling Nebraska fans won't get the true value of that position switch. Lucky represents the best offensive player overall at 93—as he should be—barely outpacing Lydon Murtha.
FB FB#19 Castille
Analysis: I'm not sure how every fullback on the roster gets overlooked in favor of a guy who's not even a FB, but in terms of video team strength the move makes sense. I guarantee you Nebraska doesn't have an 84 overall FB on the roster.
WR WR#87 Swift WR#17 Peterson WR#1 Brooks WR#4 Holt WR#24 Paul WR#11 Gilleylen WR#83 Cooper?
Analysis: It's hard to tell which incoming frosh WR#83 actually is so I made him Khiry Cooper, as it may be the only Nebraska football he ever plays. I love the fact that Niles Paul is wearing the non-receiver #24.
TE TE#89 Teafatiller TE#3 Cotton TE#85 Hetzer TE#80 Hill
LT LT#76 Murtha LT#74 Steinkuhler
Analysis: It's hard to predict where Steinkuhler will end up, so I made him the best frosh prospect on either side of the line.
LG LG#62 ??? LG#65 Smith
Analysis: Who is the redshirt senior starting at left guard? Your guess is as good as mine.
C C#67 Hickman C#58 Caputo
RG RG#70 Slauson RG#73 Jones RG#61 Huff
RT RT#72 Burkes RT#66 Barrett RT#75 Thompson/Grant (take your pick of the frosh)
LE LE#98 Potter LE#95 Allen LE#96 Williams
RE RE#99 Turner RE#88 Sievers RE#89 Santin
DT DT#43 Steinkuhler DT#93 Suh DT#97 Dixon DT#56 Barfield DT#91 Meredith DT#63 Martin
LOLB LOLB#53 Wortman LOLB#12 Lawrence LOLB#42 Camaruta
MLB MLB#52 Dillard MLB#45 Compton MLB#15 ????
Analysis: I went ahead and made Compton MLB#45, as that's the highest ranking frosh LB on the team.
ROLB ROLB#6 Culbert ROLB#36 ???? ROLB#23 Washington
Analysis: Take your pick for the frosh LB #36.
CB CB#5 Murillo CB#14 Blue CB#22 West CB#26 Whitmore CB#21 Dennard CB#18 Sullivan
FS FS#3 Thenarse FS#17 Smith FS#13 ????
SS SS# 4 Asante SS#28 Hagg
PK K#20 Kunalic
Analysis: Don't really know what happened to Henery, but those are the vagaries of video game production.
P P#97 Titchener
Based on the overall team rankings for the game, Nebraska is in the company of teams like Cal, GT, Illinois, KSU, Maryland, Northwestern and Notre Dame.
That's not exactly exclusive company, but it does classify Nebraska squarely as a wild card. Does anyone really knows how good ND or GT will actually be?
All I know is this: starting on July 15, the Cornhuskers will probably go on a 60- or 70-game winning streak, a run that encompasses at least back-to-back-to-back national titles and numerous Heisman trophies because that's the way the college football season always starts...at least in my slightly less than cutting edge house.