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August 25, 2012

OSU Sports Minute

STILLWATER — With another new NFL season comes another year of the Madden football video game franchise. The most popular football franchises of all time, one of the highlights of the game is the system used to rate the NFL players — which came out this week, just ahead of the game’s release on Tuesday.

Oklahoma State’s Justin Blackmon is the leading rookie receiver — by a wide margin — with an overall rating of 80. Blackmon’s top ratings fall in the categories of acceleration (92) and catching (90). His speed has a rating of 88, while his strength (68) and awareness (60) would be considered his weaknesses.

As for Blackmon’s old OSU teammate Brandon Weeden, the quarterback has an overall rating of 74 — which actually falls behind his Cleveland Browns backup Colt McCoy, who has a rating of 75. Weeden’s biggest asset according to the game is his throwing power, with a rating of 93 — while his throwing accuracy is rated at 83.

Weeden’s awareness is listed as his weakness (for quarterbacks) with a rating of 56, while his speed is registered at a 64 rating.

Weeden’s fellow first-round round pick of the Cleveland Browns, running back Trent Richardson, has a rating of 83 with an acceleration rating of 96 and trucking rating of 95. The overall rating is higher than former OSU running back Kendall Hunter, who in his second year in the NFL has an overall rating of 75 with a speed rating of 91 and an acceleration rating of 96.

— Jason Elmquist

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