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NCAA Football ’14: Kentucky Wildcats depth chart

EA Sports newest installment in the NCAA Football franchise hit store shelves Tuesday, and that marks for many the start of college football season… at least in the video game world. New dynasty modes begin, the Road to Glory campaigns reset, and hours and hours of tweaking and editing rosters to get the game accurate to real life take over.

When the game was first unveiled on the E3 demo floor last month in Los Angeles, we had a sneak peak at the top ten players on Kentucky’s roster. Now that the game has been released, we have the full depth chart.

The following is what is given out of the box by EA Sports. Of course, names have been edited and some player’s values have been tweaked. You can take a look at the offense below; listed next to each player are some notable ratings to their respective position…

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Some things to take note of:

— The depth at running back looks to be solid. Jonathan George will take the reins as the lead-back, but Josh Clemons and Raymond Sanders will see platoon action, mixing up size and speed in the new air raid offense.

— Wide receiver depth is really shallow. With the departure of DeMarcus Sweat and Bookie Cobbins, the wide receiving corps will rely heavily on speedster Demarco Robinson to pave the way. Note: Javess Blue may be slightly underrated and could be boosted in future roster updates.

— The offensive line is weak and thin. A lot of young players will be turning to Kevin Mitchell as a veteran, but the offense will likely see some struggles, especially early in the season, because of an O-line that’s still trying to figure it out. This is clearly the biggest weakness of the offense.

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Regarding the defensive side of the ball:

— Likely the best unit on the team is the defense, specifically the front line. It will be respected in the Southeastern Conference. Mister Cobble, Donte Rumph, Bud Dupree, and Avery Williamson are among the best players on the team, and they will all be clogging in the box. This should be a very good run defense team.

— Za’Darius Smith was underrated out of the box, and the first roster download boosted his stats. It is likely his values will increase even more. If that happens, Dupree and Smith on each corner will be quite the formidable pass rush.

— Freshman cornerback Jaleel Hytchye is the fastest player on the roster with a speed rating of 94. It will take a year or two before he sees significant action — in fact, he could be redshirted — but the future looks good for this kid.

Stay tuned tomorrow I’ll have a full season simulation posted. Spoiler: There aren’t too many surprises.

Article written by Stuart Hammer

B.S. Broadcast Journalism from the University of Kentucky. @StuartHammerKSR

28 Comments for NCAA Football ’14: Kentucky Wildcats depth chart



  1. jonathan
    5:04 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    a year or two before hytchye sees action? hardly, that’s one of our thinnest positions, hence the importance of nate willis qualifying and hytchye being ready to contribute early and even be in the mix for a starting job.



  2. Rockfield, KY
    5:05 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    it has Kevin Mitchell rated above Darrian Miller, not sure that is very accurate



  3. Ben
    5:05 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Where is Ryan Timmons?



  4. The Loco Pollo
    5:10 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Landon Foster is way underrated. Punter U, baby!



  5. Heyy_Fred
    5:11 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    same question here #3



  6. Laker Cat 18
    5:18 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    4. I was thinking the same thing. I wonder how he ranks compared to the rest of the punters on the game.



  7. Bobbum man
    5:24 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Jojo kemp 85 speed????



  8. UK1983
    5:24 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    while we are talking about kickers – where is Mansour?



  9. Sexington
    5:27 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Where is Ryan Timmons? And also the podcast



  10. Vince
    5:28 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Darn, #9 beat me to it. Where is Timmons?



  11. co transplant
    5:40 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    really? an article about our players ratings on a video game? nice info 40 year old virgin! maybe we can get screech to be a guest writer next week!



  12. Wr's
    5:46 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    If this depth chart is anywhere near accurate in rating the incoming players, then we are scary thin at wide receiver with an Air Raid offense. Scary thin.



  13. Larry linebeard
    5:53 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    11- lol old timer



  14. KyWampusCat
    5:53 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Is Avery Williamson really going to wear #88 this season? On defense?



  15. UK Homer
    6:17 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    If the season simulation is run 10 times, do we beat Bama, UF, SC or any of these other juggernauts at least once? I’d love to see those box scores. Also, maybe we can beat Mizzou, UT or some other SEC team more often than not



  16. Derrrr
    6:33 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Do you hill folk understand that this is a video game? It’s not a simulator to be run by itself, it requires someone to play it. Ryan Timmons isn’t there because its based on last years roster. It doesn’t mean Avery Williamson is going to wear 88. It’s a freakin video game. Nothing more nothing less. Jeez.



  17. OperationSportsYO
    6:34 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Give OS 1-2 more weeks and we’ll have a roster more updated. Can tell you now, Z is a 84, Timmons is a 74, And McWilson gets a slight bump to 75.



  18. NO MATT JONES
    6:50 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    16, you’re an idiot. The NCAA football games have simulators in them. In fact, you can build a team and simulate the entire season over and over again. You literally don’t have to play a single game. DERRRRRRRRRR Go back to your cave, moron.



  19. RosterShareFiles?
    6:57 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Anyone know a good roster share file that has UK correct?



  20. Bradley
    6:58 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    It’s a video game. There is nothing to take note of.



  21. Derrrr....Derrrr
    7:15 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    16 – Derrrr..the rosters are definitely NOT based on last years roster. Derrr…Jason Hatcher, Jaleel Hytchye and many other FRESHMAN are in the game. Derrrr….the 88 is Avery Williams rating. Derrrr…go to bed.



  22. KyWampusCat
    7:18 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    21- i realize they’re not based on last year (derrr), but they have a new uniform number for him, which is reasonable, players change numbers frequently (derrrr), and yes the rating is 88, but its also listed as his uniform number (derrrr)…. maybe you should go to bed



  23. HammerIsAFool
    8:06 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    The fact that you mentioned you made some tweaks to the roster shows why you shouldn’t be writing for KSR. For one, you left Pancho Thomas on the roster. JoJo Kemp is too slow. Malcolm McDuffen is not better than Khalid Henderson. No Ryan Timmons or Farrington Huguenin. Kevin Mitchell is rated way too high. Zachary Myers with a 79 rating is ridiculous since he hasn’t played a snap of college football yet and he wasn’t exactly a blue chip recruit either. Did I miss something??? When did Rashad Cunningham become our 2nd best WR??? He’ll play behind all of the freshman just like he has the past 2 years. He’s this year’s Aaron Boyd – all the tools but doesn’t know how to use them. Anthony Kendrick will be behind Robinson & Shields for sure and probably behind Borden too. AND WTF!!! NO DARON BLAYLOCK!!! He’ll be a damn starter!!!



  24. Stuart Hammer
    8:22 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Folks, this is what EA Sports gives us. Don’t ask me why “So-and-so” isn’t listed here. I didn’t make the depth chart or the ratings. I’m just bringing it to you.



  25. #NoFlyZone
    9:51 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    We are going to lose or win games based on how good are corners and safeties are.



  26. dustyblues77
    9:56 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    my favorite player to watch last year was Fred Tiller. Besides having a cool name he never takes a play off. He makes a lot of plays. He is tough and he should fit well with Coach Stoops



  27. GLH
    10:03 pm July 11, 2013 Permalink

    Where is Pitino’s baldspot from 1989?



  28. 2-10
    2:25 am July 12, 2013 Permalink

    If you are lucky. Probably 1-11