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Mark Ingram wins EA NCAA Football 12 cover vote

Posted on: April 19, 2011 12:49 pm
Edited on: April 19, 2011 12:52 pm
 

Posted by Adam Jacobi

For college football enthusiasts, there's no more anticipated video game than EA's NCAA Football series, released during the interminable off-season and resurrecting fans' anticipation for the upcoming season. The changes in gameplay have become more incremental over the years, but what people are most interested in are the ever-expanding dynasty mode and EA's updated rosters and ratings.

Oh, and then there's the prestigious honor of the annual cover athlete.

Unlike EA NCAA Football's pro counterpart in the Madden series -- made famous for its "Madden Curse," which routinely afflicts its subjects with terrible, injury-addled seasons -- the NCAA Football cover is usually a harbinger of upcoming pro success. Sure, it started off slowly with Tommie Frazier and Danny Wuerffel, and EA would probably like to take those Joey Harrington and Chris Weinke covers back, but it has also honored such luminaries as Shaun Alexander, Ricky Williams, Carson Palmer, Larry Fitzgerald, DeSean Jackson, and Tim Tebow, among others. Not bad company, really.

This year, EA Sports put the NCAA Football 12 cover role up to a vote between four athletes: Auburn DT Nick Fairley, Oklahoma RB DeMarco Murray, Alabama RB Mark Ingram, and Washington QB Jake Locker. Unsurprisingly, the voters chose the only athlete of the four who won a Heisman trophy: Ingram.

Astute observers probably noticed a conspicuously absent name from that list: Auburn QB Cam Newton. Newton, of course, won the 2010 Heisman Trophy and won the BCS Championship with Fairley this past January. EA Sports didn't divulge why Newton wasn't among the four finalists for the cover -- a lack of popularity doesn't exactly seem plausible, as he'd probably have beaten Ingram for the top spot -- but endorsements are always tricky business, to say nothing of the as-yet unresolved situation with Newton's recruitment and the NCAA's investigation thereof. Suffice it to say the arrangement didn't work for at least one of the two sides, so it'll be Ingram and that's that.

Of course, nothing about the cover athlete affects anything about the game itself past the opening screen; remember, these guys are all off to the NFL, so they're not actually in the game. But college football, more than any other sport on any level, prides itself on its awards and honors, and the EA cover is no exception.

Thoughts on the cover? Great? Terrible? The right call?

Comments

Since: Dec 7, 2010
Posted on: April 21, 2011 4:36 pm
 

Mark Ingram wins EA NCAA Football 12 cover vote

Did EA release the vote totals anwywhere?



Since: Feb 28, 2011
Posted on: April 21, 2011 3:44 pm
 

Mark Ingram wins EA NCAA Football 12 cover vote

Like him being pick Heisman this was worst choice.He will be the NFL heisman bust. Heck he can't run 50 Yards on Auburn what makes you think he run one a pro team. Auburn was great but running against them Clemson did better job. Heck LSU QB did better job than Mark. Pity pick all that was.



Since: Feb 28, 2011
Posted on: April 21, 2011 3:34 pm
 

Mark Ingram wins EA NCAA Football 12 cover vote

Let see I will agree Mark worst choice here. But Auburn beat Pac 10. QB battle was won in Jan. One year Cam came in NCAA and went pro. That shows greatness. But Cam been a QB longer than one year.



Since: Apr 19, 2011
Posted on: April 21, 2011 12:31 am
 

Mark Ingram wins EA NCAA Football 12 cover vote

And the reason I made the injury and not playing til the 4th game point had nothing to do with less opportunities, I was just showing that he battled significant injuries throughout the year.  So significant, that a big issue is being made about his knee right now as the draft is approaching.



Since: Apr 19, 2011
Posted on: April 21, 2011 12:28 am
 

Mark Ingram wins EA NCAA Football 12 cover vote

I'm sorry 5.5 yards a carry isn't impressive enough for you.  And for anyone else complaining of who EA chose.....read the article, EA didn't choose it, it was voted on.



Since: Oct 12, 2008
Posted on: April 20, 2011 7:48 pm
 

Mark Ingram wins EA NCAA Football 12 cover vote

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/playe

r/profile?playerId=379061
Check his stats for 2010 Then tell me EA made the right choice for the cover of the NCAA Footbal cover 12! Not hardly!



Since: Sep 1, 2008
Posted on: April 20, 2011 6:16 pm
 

Mark Ingram wins EA NCAA Football 12 cover vote

And the reason he did not break 1,000 yards was because of alot of reasons: Injury (he didn't play until the 4th game), Richardson taking carries,

No that's nothing but a fan making an excuse. Like I said before I don't care what conference your in if your a heisman Caliber running back 165 carries is enough to get 1k or just miss it. The number of games does not matter the number of carries is what matters. If your not racking up yardage without getting 250 carries it means your a normal power back.

Just about every back who gets 271 attempts will hit over 1400 unless they are running into a wall. Don't you think a little sister who has never shot a gun can hit a can if she shoots 271 times? I don't know about you and dislike Reggie Bush if you will but when he got the ball he was going somewhere. Not when he got the ball 30 times a game for 14 games, Reggie had the potential to hit 100 yards of nine plays.

Being worthy of the heisman means when you have the ball you make plays. He made plays one year while benefiting of being on a good team and got the H title over guys who have been steller just about every game of their career. Ingram played against some great defenses but no every team had a elite defense. You do know you guys played a team playing it's first year of football, San Jose, Duke, I wouldn't exactly call conference foes Tennesee, Ole Miss, Arkansas elite defenses.

The elite defenses Alabama faced last year were Florida and LSU wooo two top ten defenses! If you call Miss St, South Carolina defenses good go ahead and include the four Pac-10 teams that finished ahead of them. So lets not get into that argument because the Pac-10 is has the best quaterbacks and some of the best offenses of any league. If you have the statistics for a above 30 defense not bad in my book.



Since: Dec 7, 2010
Posted on: April 20, 2011 9:48 am
 

Mark Ingram wins EA NCAA Football 12 cover vote

"But college football, more than any other sport on any level, prides itself on its awards and honors, and the EA cover is no exception.

Thoughts on the cover? Great? Terrible? The right call"?

 

Ingram was a good choice for consideration, but leaving Cam Newton off is just ridiculous. I do not want to hear that Newton is under investigation. Cmon, EA, it's about who had the best year THIS PAST YEAR.





Since: Sep 22, 2008
Posted on: April 20, 2011 8:54 am
 

Mark Ingram wins EA NCAA Football 12 cover vote

Roll TIDE!
Back to Back...yes, with Ingram and then Richardson!
HA!



Since: Apr 19, 2011
Posted on: April 20, 2011 1:38 am
 

Mark Ingram wins EA NCAA Football 12 cover vote

I was talking about the year before (his heisman year).  He split carries with Richardson during his sophomore year.  I never said anything about this past year.  You were talking about his 1,000 yards after contact and 271 carries.  So I responded to that and now you jumped to this past year where he only had 158 carries this past year.  And the reason he did not break 1,000 yards was because of alot of reasons: Injury (he didn't play until the 4th game), Richardson taking carries, and the emergence/opening the playbook for McElroy and the passing game.  I'm not even going to go into the SEC vs. Pac 10 run defense argument (I think that speaks for itself).


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