• NCAA Football 14 - Nike Skills Trainer

    Lost in the hype surrounding the NCAA Football 14 demo, last Thursday EA SPORTS posted a blog discussing the new Nike Skills Trainer.

    The mode helps users learn and master new and existing gameplay features within the franchise. Earning a Gold Medal in each event will unlock players/cards for use in NCAA Football Ultimate Team. The Nike Skills Trainer is available in the NCAA Football 14 demo, but does not unlock NFUT cards.

    After reading the blog and trying out the Nike Skills Trainer, let us know your thoughts on the mode.

    PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

    Football can be a complicated game for the uninitiated. Those unfamiliar with the NCAA Football franchise might find themselves a bit lost trying to get acclimated to the mechanics of the college game. This year, weíve introduced the new Nike Skills Trainer to try and flatten and learning curve. Now you can learn all about the new features in this yearís game, and also re-familiarize yourself with some of the elements that were introduced last year. You get to do all of this inside a state-of-the-art Nike practice facility, just like a real college team.


    PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE

    When you enter the Nike Skills Trainer, youíll have your choice of tutorials and drills for both offense and defense. The tutorials feature videos narrated by David Pollack, who walks you step-by-step through the drills. These tutorials are extremely helpful for some of the more complicated concepts like the Shovel Option, and can help both vets and newcomers alike.

    After the tutorial, you can jump into a drill that lets you execute what you just learned. The best way to master a technique is through repetition, and youíll be given a set number of reps to apply your newfound skills. Meeting the minimum threshold for success will earn you a bronze medal, but true mastery will grant you not only a gold medal, but also an exclusive Ultimate Team item. These items are closely tied to the drills, so earning Gold in the Pass Trajectories will unlock one of the most successful Golden Bears ever, Aaron Rodgers. On a similar note, acing the Ball Hawk drill will net you Charles Woodson, the only defensive player to ever win the Heisman.

    Even if you already think youíre a master of NCAA Football, there are enough rewards in the Skills Trainer to hop in and try and prove your mettle. The challenges can be tackled in any order, so if you just want to learn about the new Option game or brush up on specific skills, go for it.

    POUND THE ROCK, THEN AIR IT OUT

    On the offensive side of the ball, the Skills Trainer provides instruction on both running and passing. This year marks a big overhaul in the Option game, so you may want to check out the Option, Triple Option and Shovel Option tutorials. The drills start simply, reducing the number of players on the field so that you donít have to wonder where to put your focus. Your only job is to watch what the Read Key defender does and either keep the ball if he crashes down the line of scrimmage, or hand it off to the running back if he stays home. Once youíve gotten a feel for how to read what the defender is doing, youíll jump into a live 11-on-11 drill. After a bit of practice youíll be able to identify the proper defender, make the right read, and find the opening. Suddenly running the Option is much less intimidating.


    Rounding out the running tutorials are the Acceleration Burst and Oklahoma Drill. Acceleration Burst will help you get a feel for how to get around the corner or hustle through a fast-closing hole on the line. The Oklahoma Drill is the ultimate test of all your skills, as you must go mano-a-mano against a defender in a confined space in the hopes of breaking through and scoring a touchdown. Utilize jukes, spins, stiff-arms and everything else in your bag of tricks in order to get in the endzone.

    Running the ball isnít all you can practice, though. If you ever struggled with when to loft a lob pass versus firing in a hard strike, this is your chance to learn more. You can also get a feel for how to lead receivers to the open areas of the field. Spend some time with the Nike Skills Trainer, and see if your offensive efficiency doesnít start trending in a positive direction.


    GETTING DEFENSIVE

    The Nike Skills Trainer can also help you out with your defense. Many people donít like to take control of a secondary player for fear giving up a big play. The Ball Hawk tutorial will teach you how to switch to the proper player and get into position to make a play on the ball. If youíve always wanted to attack passes more aggressively but didnít know where to start, this is the perfect place to learn.

    THE PRE-SNAP CHESS MATCH

    One thing that separates the elite players from warm bodies on the roster is the ability to effectively execute pre-snap adjustments. Sometimes youíll see a mismatch you want to exploit, and other times an opponent will show you something that catches you off-guard, so quick adjustments are needed.

    The Skills Trainer will also allow you to run through various hot routes and audibles on both sides of the ball. Whether itís changing a receiverís route from a slant to a zig, or switching your linebacker from a blitz to a hook zone, the Skills Trainer will help teach you exactly what you need in order to be a more effective playcaller. Donít know what a zig or hook zone is? Donít worry, after utilizing the Skills Trainer, you will.

    The goal of the Nike Skills Trainer is to make you a better player on both sides of the ball. Whether youíre brand-new to the game or a savvy veteran, you can always get better. Itís a great mode to visit the first time you take the game out of the box, and itís the perfect resource to revisit anytime you need a refresher.

    Ready to try out the all-new Nike Skills Trainer? Download the demo today!


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    Keep up on all the latest NCAA Football 14 news & media heading into the July 9 release date with our NCAA 14 News & Info Central page. We'll provide all the best & latest information regarding improvements to Gameplay & Infinity Engine 2, Dynasty Mode, Presentation, and new features such as NCAA Football Ultimate Team & Play a Season.

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    Comments 6 Comments
    1. jaymo76's Avatar
      jaymo76 -
      This has been a welcome addition, even for a person such as myself who has been playing this game for almost a decade.
    1. JeffHCross's Avatar
      JeffHCross -
      In terms of the future of the franchise, this is the best feature addition this year, IMO. Too many sports titles ignore the learning curve.
    1. CLW's Avatar
      CLW -
      Quote Originally Posted by JeffHCross View Post
      In terms of the future of the franchise, this is the best feature addition this year, IMO. Too many sports titles ignore the learning curve.
      Speak of the devil...
    1. JeffHCross's Avatar
      JeffHCross -
      I've been busy
    1. MC1's Avatar
      MC1 -
      The Hot Keys (as I like to call them) are a lot different from Madden, so this is a welcomed addition to the franchise. And because I didn't get 12 or 13, I'm in that mode everyday working on my timing.
    1. steelerfan's Avatar
      steelerfan -
      Quote Originally Posted by JeffHCross View Post
      In terms of the future of the franchise, this is the best feature addition this year, IMO. Too many sports titles ignore the learning curve.
      Yep. They should ALL be doing something similar.

      I'm using Tapatalk 2 and the Cleveland Browns STILL suck.