After posting my thoughts on changing players around to get the most out of you fullbacks, it dawned on me that we should be doing this more often. In the last post I moved two HBs over to FB and after training, their ratings stayed the same. If that is how NCAA 06 treats such changes then it only makes sense to do this yourself without the help from the game.
I see absolutely nothing wrong with taking a player you know would be suited at another position and moving him over. Coaches do this all the time and there is no reason why you shouldn’t do the same in 06. Here are some of my thoughts and tips for doing so in this game.
The Easiest Way to Go About This
The best way I would change players around is to simply jot down their original ratings, move them over to the desired position, and then readjust their ratings to their original state. You can do this before you even start a dynasty by going to the Rosters section and do this.
During dynasty you do all of this like normal during the “position change” phase. Who knows? you might get lucky like I did with those two HBs and the game done the adjustments for me.
The three biggest changes in ratings initially will be Speed and Strength, thus automatically leading to a lower Awareness rating.
As long as you readjust to their original ratings, you should be fine. Anything extra rating bumps the game adds are just a bonus.
Just be mindful that NCAA 06 will not let you move players over if it results in too few players for the original position. For example, in a Spread Offense you have to have 2 TEs minimum on the roster or walk-ons will be put there instead which is the last think you want since you can’t get rid of these players. If you only have 2 TEs you can’t move either one until you find a 3rd TE.
Changing players around will actually be more beneficial for you before you start your dynasty. Since you can’t switch players around before your first season, there is no reason why you shouldn’t do this yourself before you start your dynasty.
This will also open your eyes to some teams you never thought you would use. Perhaps you always wanted to run the Flexbone but just a few teams have a FB that can carry the ball. Now you can just look for teams with bigger stronger HBs, move them over to FB, and readjust their ratings to their original state.
Maybe you have always wanted to have great speed at OLB but was never pleased with the overall speed of that position when recruiting them. Now you can convert SSs to OLB and get that speed you’ve always wanted. Jimmy Johnson done this for years while he was the Coach at Miami. Why can’t you do the same?
The possibilities are endless here if you think hard enough.
If you plan on taking this thing to the max, I highly recommend you write all of these original ratings down, just in case you want to move these guys back over to their original position. You never know when you want to use a different scheme and you need that one guy to play back at his original position.
Common Position Changes
Now let’s look at some possible and realistic changes you can make to your squad.
QB: The only thing you can do here is recruit athletes who have Throwing Power and Throwing Accuracy with their attributes. Yes you can move a WR or any other speedster to QB if you use a run heavy offense but there is no point in this since these guys can’t throw, period. Speedy QBs are easy to find and recruit in 06 so there is no reason to go crazy here.
HB: There are plenty of HBs, both big and small, powerful and fast in this game so there is no real reason to convert another player to this position.
However, there is one option that I believe can be very useful. If you are an Air Raid, Run & Shoot, or any other pass happy gamer, I think you should convert a receiving TE to FB and use the FB sub packages for all of your spread formations. Now you have a SuperBack! He will be big, can catch, and can pass block. He is the perfect HB for your offense. Good luck finding HBs who can catch and pass block as well as any receiving TE. His Carry rating will be sub par at best, but if 95% of the time all he’ll be doing is blocking or catching passes, then it is a no brainer to convert these guys. This conversion alone was the inspiration for this post!
FB: Power HBs run the ball better than FBs and TEs are better at receiving and sometimes blocking than any fullback you will recruit. Outside of my SuperBack scenario, there is no point in recruiting FBs when there are better options out there.
WR: Natural WRs in 06 are really great. They come in all sizes and flavors. So there is very little reason to convert a player to WR. However, if you are a run heavy team, there is no reason why you can’t convert a receiving TE to WR. Yes they will never have the speed but if their main job is to block, move them over since their blocking skills will be better than any behemoth WR you can recruit.
TE: If you never throw the ball to your TE, maybe you can find an offensive lineman to move over for extra beef up front. Other than that, TEs are pretty great themselves, both receiving and blocking, that you will probably never need have to convert someone here.
OL: This doesn’t work well here and you don’t need to really. Besides, you can move around your tackles, guards, and centers to the other line positions and you won’t skip a beat.
DE: Big, strong LBs work well here. I actually never recruit DEs. I always convert big LBs since they give me the speed I need. If you are a 3-4 guy, you could mover smaller DTs over but there are probably enough really big DE anyways, but it won’t hurt to experiment with this though.
DT: The hardest position to convert to. 06 creates DTs that range in weight from 250s to 320s. No reason to convert anyone here. I would love to move huge OL over to DT but their tackle ratings would be terrible. If you are a 3-4 guy, maybe you experiment with this since there are plenty of 6’2 350 OL in this game. Surprisingly though, there are several huge “athletes” that work well here so be on the lookout for those guys. I once recruited a 6’10 340lb athlete and moved him to DT. He was a beast. He probably would have played even better in a 3-4 defense instead of my 4-3.
OLB: You can convert SS to OLB for your speed-minded 4-3. Outside of that, the weight and size range of natural OLBs work just fine for the position.
MLB: These guys are designed really well in 06 so I have never felt the need to convert someone over to this position.
CB: WRs are a possibility here. Other than that, you need speed at the position, regardless of which defense you use. On average, the fastest players in the game are CBs so I doubt you will ever have to convert someone to CB.
FS/SS: Another set of positions in which I doubt you will ever need to switch anyone over to these. Besides, you should never have trouble finding quality safeties anyways.
K/P: I think these guys are interchangeable and I often have the same guy handling both duties anyways.
Athletes: You have no choice but to move these guys to other positions but don’t forget about these players 2-3 seasons down the road. You might have a 3rd string Athlete turned QB that you know will not see the field anytime soon. He maybe be better suites somewhere else.
The best player I ever recruited was a JUCO Athlete who was equally good at QB, HB, WR, OLB, FS, and SS. Just because you have him at one position doesn’t mean he might need to play somewhere else before he leaves your school.
Hopefully all of this will inspire you to look at the rosters more deeply and discover some hidden gems. Maybe this will motivate to try a new offense. Always experiment and never stop thinking about new possibilities. Head Coaches always do this so you should too.
This is not cheating. You are just moving guys over to other positions while not amplifying their original ratings. Part of your job is to put your players in the best positions to win.
Now excuse me while I convert my TE to SuperBack and light up scoreboards with my Run & Raid Offense!