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#396 Players Q. How will a redshirt effect a player?
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Some players will not have a problem with being given a redshirt for the season, but others will not like it. A player's work ethic could drop or he may even decide that he wants to transfer out of the program. Typically, the younger the player is (Fr. as compared to a Sr.), the less he will be effected by the redshirt status.

#397 Players Q. If I remove a player's redshirt, how will he respond?
  A.

If a player was negatively effected by his redshirt status, then some of these effects could be reversed, but not all. When the reshirt is removed (number of games into the season) plays a large role in how the player will respond. As a general rule, players don't like to use a year of eligibility to play in 1 or 2 games.

#411 Players Q. Do player ratings change as the season progresses?
  A. Yes, they will change based on your practice plan settings and the player's work ethic, potential, and playing time.
#412 Players Q. How much will players improve each year?
  A. Nobody knows - it all depends on the kid, what you are practicing, how much playing time he receives, etc.
#413 Players Q. What do the ratings mean?
  A.

Players are rated in 12 different categories, each are based from 1 - 100 with 1 being the worst and 100 being the best. The table below gives a hint of what to look for in your players, but it is not a complete cheat sheet.

Position Most Important Secondary
QB TECH, GI, STR ELU, SPD, ATH
RB ELU, SPD, STR ATH, GI, HND
FB BLK, STR ATH, ELU
WR HND, ELU, SPD, GI ATH, TECH
TE BLK, GI, STR HND, ATH, TECH
OL GI, BLK, STR TECH, ATH
DL TKL, STR, GI TECH, ATH, SPD
LB TKL, GI, STR TECH, ATH, SPD
DB ATH, TKL, SPD STR, ELU, GI, TECH
K TECH, STR GI
P TECH, STR GI

#414 Players Q. Do players get tired - if not, what are the stamina and durability ratings for?
  A.

There is no game to game fatigue – meaning everyone starts every game at 100% (assuming they are 100% healthy). The stamina rating refers to their in-game conditioning. Durability refers to their likelihood of injury and if they do get injured, how long they would be out.

#415 Players Q. How do I improve a player's work ethic?
  A. You can't - it's up to the player. Some kids will respond to playing time, some kids won't. Some kids will respond to starting, some won't.
#416 Players Q. Will work ethic affect improvement rate or is it more a reflection of attitude, increasing or decreasing likelihood of off the field problems?
  A. Yes, players that have a better work ethic have a better likelihood of improving based on your practice plans and even during the off-season.
#419 Players Q. Can a player's ratings go down?
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Yes, when you practice a certain area, a player's ratings improve - if you don't practice an area enough, a player's ratings can go down. For example, if you spend 0 time practicing tackling, players on your team would tackle much worse by the end of the season than they did at the beginning of the season.

#425 Players Q. If my player is injured during the game, how will the sim decide whether or not to keep him in the game?
  A. If the injury causes the player's health to drop below 75%, he will be taken out of the game. If the injury is less severe, he will continue to play. In all cases, he will miss some playing time while the training staff looks at him.
#426 Players Q. How quickly will players heal?
  A. Each player will heal at a different pace depending upon his durability and work ethic.
#427 Players Q. Are there any lasting effects from moderate or major injuries?
  A. All players will eventually heal completely, but when they return from injuries that forced them to miss some games they will be less than 100% healthy. The amount of time it takes each player to heal completely depends upon the player and the injury.
#732 Players Q. What is the Hands attributes used for when dealing with RBs?
  A. The hands attribute is used for both catching passes and holding onto the football after big hits. A RB with poor hands will not be the best receiver out of the backfield and could be prone to fumble the football.
#822 Players Q. What are the Formation IQ Ratings?
  A.

These ratings indicate a player's relative familiarity with a particular formation and ranges from 1 - 100. The Formation IQ affects the player's ability to utilize his skills when playing within the associated formation, and in general provides about a 5% swing in their Blocking, Tackling, Hands, Game Instinct, and Technique ratings when playing out of the associated formation.

A player's Formation IQ may improve based upon the amount of formation practice you set up for your team. If you do not practice formations, then Formation IQs will not improve - but neither will they decrease. A player's improvement rate depends on his current Formation IQ, as it is tougher to raise higher values, his GPA, and his Work Ethic. Finding the right balance between formation practice and positional skill practice is up to you.

Special Teams rating is a rating that affects how your team performs on special team plays, such as FGA and kick-offs. In general, this is used as an average for your team based on all of your players rather than selecting specific players for the special teams play.

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