May 21, 2024

NCAA Football covers by year: Full list of college football players on EA Sports cover since 1993

College football followers have put up with sufficient unhealthy information concerning the state of the sport lately. After realignment dominated the 2023 offseason, the 2024 offseason brings one thing far more thrilling: EA College Football 25.

The basic NCAA Football online game is again. Well, virtually. Wednesday marks the official reveal of the sport, giving followers their closest look but about when it will likely be launched and what to anticipate as soon as it’s out.

The return of the sport means the return of cover athletes, whether or not it’s one participant, a number of, and even a number of gracing the cover of EA College Football annually. The final decade of college football featured lots of timeless stars, from Joe Burrow to Christian McCaffrey, however none of them obtained the chance to seem on the cover of a sport with the EA Sports version defunct. 

Here’s a glance again at which players really did land on the cover of EA College Football, which has modified up its method a couple of instances all through its historical past.

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NCAA Football covers by yr

Year Player School
1993 Bill Walsh*  
1994 Bill Walsh*  
1995 None**  
1996 Tommie Frazier Nebraska
1997 Danny Wuerffel Florida
1998 Charles Woodson Michigan
1999 Ricky Williams Texas
2000 Shaun Alexander Alabama
2001 Chris Weinke Florida State
2002 Joey Harrington Oregon
2003 Carson Palmer USC
2004 Larry Fitzgerald Pittsburgh
2005 Desmond Howard Michigan
2006 Reggie Bush USC
2007 Jared Zabransky Boise State
2008 Owen Schmitt (PSP)*** West Virginia
  DeSean Jackson (PS2) California
  Matt Ryan (PS3) Boston College
  Darren McFadden (Xbox 360) Arkansas
2009 Brian Orakpo (PS2) Texas
  Brian Johnson (PS3) Utah
  Mark Sanchez (PSP) USC
  Michael Crabtree (Xbox 360) Texas Tech
2010 Tim Tebow Florida
2011 Mark Ingram Alabama
2012 Robert Griffin III, Barry Sanders Baylor, Oklahoma State
2013 Denard Robinson Michigan
2024 Several players Several colleges

* — The earliest editions of the sport have been initially named for Bill Walsh.

** — The 1995 version of the sport did characteristic players, however they have been solely small pictures that have been, in some circumstances, unidentifiable. No standalone cover athlete was chosen till 1996.

*** — EA College Football produced totally different covers for various gaming techniques in each 2008 and 2009.

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NCAA Football 25 cover athletes

There might be two covers for EA College Football 25, EA Sports revealed after one cover leaked. The leaked cover options dozens of players strolling out of a tunnel, together with flags with numerous college logos.

Only six players are identifiable, although: Texas QB Quinn Ewers, Colorado DB/WR Travis Hunter, Michigan RB Donovan Edwards, Alabama QB Jalen Milroe, Georgia QB Carson Beck, and Ohio State RB Quinshon Judkins. 

Edwards is an attention-grabbing alternative as probably the most outstanding participant on the cover, as he was the Wolverines’ change-of-pace again in 2023, however placing him entrance and heart is a nod to Michigan’s nationwide championship. Ewers and Hunter are two of college football’s largest names, with Hunter the selection over teammate Shedeur Sanders.

Beck and Milroe are in style Heisman Trophy candidates within the SEC, whereas Judkins transferred from Ole Miss to Ohio State within the offseason and is ready to be a focus of the Buckeyes’ offense in 2024.

It’s unclear what the second cover of the sport will embrace, whether or not it’s one participant, a number of extra players, or no athletes in any respect. 

One key rule relating to covers has modified. The cover athlete of previous editions of EA College Football have been at all times NFL rookies or legends carrying their college uniforms as a result of NCAA guidelines prohibited student-athletes from being on the cover. That’s now not the case. If it was, there’s a great probability Caleb Williams, Jayden Daniels, or Marvin Harrison Jr. could be on the cover this yr regardless of being out of college football altogether.