EA Sports encouraged fans to vote for their choice to grace the cover of NCAA Football 14. The field is down to the final eight, with EA introducing a new representative for the finalists over the coming days.
Michigan quarterback-turned-running back and NCAA record-setter Denard Robinson was the first option unveiled. Robinson ended his college career with 6250 yards passing and 49 touchdowns, but his 4495 yards rushing etched his name into the annals of NCAA history. Robinson is the most productive ball carrying quarterback of all-time, bypassing fellow Rich Rodriguez recruit Pat White.
White recently spoke to MLive.com about being erased from the records:
“I thought my record would never be broken … until Denard came along. It couldn’t have happened for a better guy, and I’m happy for him.He could stay in the record books forever.”
Among Robinson’s marquee games was his engineering of a fourth quarter comeback to down Notre Dame in 2011. Denard will try to hold off the Fighting Irish once again, as the longtime Michigan rival is among the eight cover vote finalists. Heisman Trophy finalist Manti Te’o would have seemed an obvious choice to represent Notre Dame, but the bizarre story published on Deadspin earlier this month might impact the decision. Not that it matters too much — Notre Dame is down big in the voting to Alabama, just like during the BCS championship game.
Who better to represent the Crimson Tide than Barrett Jones? The offensive lineman was an All-American, and played every position across the front five at one point in his college career.
The other five finalists are Florida State, Georgia, Ohio State, Oregon and Texas A&M.