The Washington Times - August 26, 2008, 08:46AM

Dean Muhtadi insists he doesn’t mess around with EA Sports’ NCAA Football series.

But the genial defensive tackle has heard the game’s programmers weren’t exactly kind to him.


“My brother called me the second it came out —- actually, I think his friend got it early,” Muhtadi said.” He was so upset. He was dogging me on the ratings.

“They made me really slow, which is funny because I run a 4.78, which is the best for d-linemen on our team right now except for [Jared] Harrell, and he weighs 250. They made my jumps or vertical just terrible, and I just broke the all-time d-line vertical record this summer.”

Even when there was something good, it was usually accompanied by something that made no sense at all.

“They made my d-lineman moves pretty good. Maybe they saw the bowl game,” Muhtadi said. “I really have no idea how they do this. They lopped me, Bemi [Otulaja], Jeremy [Navarre] and pretty much all the d-linemen into one position, so the strings are all out of whack.”

And so are some other, shall we say, relatively non-negotiable stats.

Like height, which is already slightly higher in media guides than it is in real life for the most part.

“I think they made Bemi 6-foot-2 or something,” Muhtadi said. “I don’t know who does those stats, but that’s absurd because Bemi is like 5-2.”

But this story has a happy ending. Even with the low-balled ratings and a scrum at Muhtadi’s position, the world of video games allows even the wildest dreams to come true.

“My brother said he played a season with me and my guy went first-team All-American,” said Muhtadi, who was placed on scholarship in the offseason.

Consider this a scenario where the Terps would love for life to imitate art.

—- Patrick Stevens