Its Official; Denard wins NCAA football cover vote
In case anyone was curious:
I'm diggin that cover.
...that is a pretty sweet cover.
I was kind of hoping for the Notre Dame stiff arm Heisman pose against Teo but this will do just fine. I am excited that he is the guy. It is awesome!!! Good day.
Are you SURE this is the cover? Where did you find the image, if I may ask? I know the photographer. Before I say anything, I want to make sure that's not just a mock-up, but the actual product image.
Not sure if this is the cover, but it was posted on EA Sports' NCAA Football Facebook page during the contest that said "You could make this a reality" as the caption. The image has since been removed (as far as I can tell, didn't do an exhaustive search) from their Facebook page, I happend to share the image on mine and retireved it from there.
This was a proposed cover posted by the Michigan Football page, I don't think it's official, but I think it looks good.
Great recruiting tool.
I'm ready to commit to Michigan on the spot.
He is certainly better that Ryan Swope. I had to google Swope to even figure out who he was and I'm a pretty big football fan.
And another EA Fail:
"With the victory, Robinson becomes the third Michigan Wolverine to appear on the cover of an NCAA Football title after former Heisman Trophy Winners Desmond Howard (NCAA Football 99) and Charles Woodson (NCAA Football 2006)."
About freaking time, EA Sports...
this is good free marketing for umich football. i like.
Phew. Now I can sleep.
Good for Denard.
I have to admit this whole voting thing got a little out of hand. To much negativity on both sides bashing the other. I like to think that our fan base can be a little more classy then that in the future. It was embarrising reading all the posts on Facebook of Michigan and bashing the aggies.
But does anyone know what gigem even means?
which has a few possible meanings behind it.
Thanks. But I feel like I am more lost now. I guess TAMU thinks they invented giving someone a thumbs up?
I used to live in Texas. Between the TTech "Guns Up!" salute, the U of T "Hook 'Em Horns!", TAMU's "Gig 'em!", TCU's Horned Frog hand sign (which I think is what you do when you raise you outer knuckles while making a fist) and god knows what Baylor does for a hand signlal, I always thought that Texans had their own set of gang signs. It's like the Crips and Bloods, but more annoying.
I never learned how SMU does a hand sign for allegedly killing five hookers. Must be complicated.
Remember, a lot of people turn into huge hard asses behind a keyboard. I'm willing to bet a lot of those people wouldn't do that face to face.
Congrats Denard! Thanks for all the great memories!!!!
I'M BUYING COPIES FOR MY ALL OHIO FRIENDS!!!!!! FUCK THE SEC!!!!
Seeing this game being sold in Columbus will be awesome. Even EL since both fanbases had threads of their own saying to vote against Denard. Lots of haters so this is great to see.
Congrats to Denard! I already have the 99 and 06 game so this will be a welcomed addition.
They're the only editions I've kept.
I hope he gets some coin for this. The kid deserves every good thing that comes his way.
I will be co-oping in Columbus when I buy it. Better believe I will be wearing my Denard jersey when I go buy it at the GameStop right in the middle of OSU's campus. Trolling the Buckeyes at its best!
this might even increase sales of Michigan jerseys in Ohio...
Is going to have to rip off another cover of a video game.
Denard after getting on the NCAA football cover... via his twitter.
"It's my goal to make somebody's day every day, but today the Michigan fan base and family made my day. It's a blessing. Thank you all! Love!"
if anyone is wondering.
Dusty in here.
As someone who was mildly freaking out about the voting at the end...
...I'm sitting here dumbfounded as to the idea that I though Ryan Swope could actually be put on NCAA Football 2014. Over Denard Robinson.
I'm going to trash talk on fb
Congrats Denard! M fans really are the greatest fan base out there. Maybe I'll actually buy it this year.
I saw the EA Sports links with the recap of each round, but does anyone know the actual vote count? I'm curious how close it was after all the illegitimate votes (on both sides) were discarded.
Any idea where to find that info...or if it's even been released?
It would be interesting, but EA probably won't release it. I'm betting it wasn't even close though. Denard was ahead by thousands and thousands before the tampering came to light. Barring a landslide victory for Swope, EA would've been crazy to choose him as the cover athlete. Like the guy a few posts above me said, Denard was on the Heisman watch list and I've never heard of Ryan Swope and I watched a LOT of college football this year.
Per Meinke's piece on the subject (LINK)
"The video game maker did not release the final tally, but did say more than 250,000 votes were cast, and that Robinson received more than half."
Not exceedingly informative, but at least EA Sports had a canned answer for a question that they knew would be asked. They were not very explicit about the process in the official press release either.
In any case, however, they could not have chosen a better face to represent college football. Congratulations to Denard!
I appreciate the info/link. I saw that too. I was just hoping that someone in the community might be plugged in enough to have the scoop.
"more than 250,000 votes were cast, and that Robinson received more than half."
Thanks, EA Sports. I think that's the definition of winning a vote (with two entrants).
Anyone know if the cover shot Soulfire21 posted is the ACTUAL cover or just a proposal? If it's THE shot, I may go buy a copy of it and have Denard sign it before he's gone.
We have done it ladies and gentleman. We have managed to defeat the undefeatable...the Texas A&M Aggies are the kings of internet polls no more.
You sir have won the Internet
It wants its middle-school jokes back.
I apologize, because I'm sure this has already been covered on the board, but does the EA cover image fall into the standard NCAA "we own your image for life" box, or is this in another category because Denard has graduated? It'd be very nice for Denard to reap some financial reward after everything he's done in service to Michigan.
He gets some money cash. That's why they don't put current players on it. I have no idea how much.
Not nearly as much as he deserves, I'm sure. Really gonna miss this kid.
Where can I buy my copy NOW!!?
We now have had a player on every console generation of NCAA Football.
And will people stop saying he's the third cover man? He is the fourth. Walter Smith on the Genesis, Woodson on 99, Howard on 06 and Denard on 14.
What a great find!
The fix was in
Can someone please start a Gardner 2015 campaign?
I 'd rather have Devin eligible for the 2014 season.
Denard just won the cover for 2014...
The joke was if Gardner is on the 2015 cover, he wouldn't be eligible for 2014 season.
I was thinking you were talking in video game years. lol. 2015 cover = eligible in 2013-14 seaon, but not 2014-15 season. I get what you're saying now.
Check out the Michigan Photo Store for the Denard photo from the EA Sports cover...
I don't even play video games, but for some reason this contest became personal. Way to go Denard.
Pay my man!! Seriously though could not have a better ambassador of the sport. May the Denard mythos live on...
Kork Coupons. I love you.
Until proven otherwise, I am going to assume it was my vote that put him over the top.
We Trident'ed 'em!
That would only count as one vote...
It's so unfair that they didn't include me in the vote, I was only doing rabies!
Haven't bought an NCAA FB game since Desmond graced it. And that was for PS2. Wonder how that winged helmet looks on my 360 that (unfortunately) is simply collecting dust.
The man loves branding and getting the Michigan out there and what is better than getting it for free. This can also be a big recruiting advantage. Not saying the coaches are going to bring it up, but how many of those kids are going to have that game in hand and see the winged helmet on the front. It's all about exposure.
Until next year to buy it since that's (presumably) the first time they'll have playoffs in it, but I guess I'll have to buy it this year too now. Go Denard! Go blue!
Good for him. Congrats.
Awesome, good for him. Now that he's on the cover and everyone knows what he looks like, can EA include his dreads in the game this time?
He won't be in the game. Devin will be the QB and will probably have a pretty high rating.
Granted I'm on the phone app so I cant see who down voted, it could have been potentially a Sparty or Ohio fan. They tend to linger around here.
I usually buy it every two or three years, but looks like I'm getting a new game this year!!
I got 11 and got 13 as a gift and was waiting for 15 for the four team playoff, but I guess I'll be getting it three years in a row. Denard is worth the $60.
Havent bought a ncaa game in forever but def buying this
... to Mr. Robinson and the UM supporters... I feel that this is a pretty cool ordeal. This is something to be proud of, as he represents his school, conference, and college football as a whole. I proudly wear the scarlet and gray, but Denard always seemed like a quality individual; one, who has earned my respect. Wolverine fans, please enjoy the fact that each time I play my favorite video game, I will have to physically grab a case that bears the maize and blue and have to deal with that. Best of luck in March...
I haven't bought one in awhile, but I will be buying this one as soon as it hits the shelves!
When the alternative is putting Swope on the cover and selling half (exaggeration) as many games, yes I think they'll deal with a few butt-hurt sparties and buckeyes. As far as the ND fans go, no one, including EA, likes them, so they don't care what they think.
Was the vote between Denard and a TAMU guy? That doesn't sound like a "regional" thing to me.
Can't wait for next year's vote.
Happy for Denard he deserves it more than Swope
before you shoot the messenger please hear me out from what OSU and other big fans seem to think about Denard. I'd like to get the average Michigan fans take...here's what I hear a lot:
People outside of the mich bubble don't seem to see that although Denard was a great athlete, he was basically a kick returner playing QB. As much as most UM fans love him, mainly for providing all their offense, he really slowed the their offense's growth by 2-3 years.
They sat their best QB, by far, for years and put him at wide-out, and didn't implement the pro-style that the new coaches were comfortable with... once Denard was a junior and hadn't become substantially better at passing, there was no reason for Hoke (who was just coming in) not to switch back to the pro-offense.
I think a combination of not wanting to upset the fan base who loved Denard was a big part of it...but I don't think UM would've had a much different record his junior yr and I think it could've been better his senior year, if Gardner would've been made the starter and the pro-set was established, with Denard being moved to wideout. Today UM would be going into their 3rd year with the offense they really want, Gardner would be much better at this point, and Denard would probably have developed into a deadly receiver by now as well... but as it stands, UM is heading in to this season trying to fully implement a new offense. (minus some pro-set stuff they mixed in a little last season).
I'll hang up and listen.
Denard was basically the sole reason Michigan stayed relevant to the national sports media while going through five and seven win seasons. For that, I will always thank him. Also, to one of your points, they did quite a bit more pro style stuff last year than you seem to think, so I don't think the transition will be that bad, especially since they ran what they wanted with Gardner for the last half of the season.
What is your take on ohio never having a cover athlete on a EA NCAA game?
Kind of amazing schools like Boise State with Jared Zabransky and Utah with Brian Johnson who have done nothing after college. Zabransky didn't even go into the NFL.
I'm getting old (41)...haven't played football video games since Tecmo Bowl days...so I had no idea OSU hadn't made the cover of EA.
Braxton did get the national cover of SI, but not sure how I feel about that with the whole curse thing.
That's an argument. But going into his junior season and his first season with the new coaching staff, Denard was coming off breaking all kinds of records in his first season as a starter, and Gardner never really impressed as a QB in the offseason. Michigan didn't have any proven RB or any real playmakers at WR, so it made sense to stick with Denard as the focal point of a spread run offense.
Since Denard is no longer a NCAA player can he profit off his image being used by EA? I would assume he could be this is the NCAA we are talking bout. Also Congrats Denard
That's the only reason current players can't be on it. They have to be compensated for their image and that would be against NCAA rules.
is a classic:
[EDIT: using more unnecessary words
to see if moving the picture down will
cancel the slimming effect.]
[Nope. For full un-squished picture that does him justice, use the link in the OP.]
No way EA could have gone with the TAMU guy whose name I, along with probably most CFB fans outside of Texas, can't remember.
Much rejoicing about virtualy nothing.
Anyone else really want to see what that A&M fan who was claiming that his inside sources at EA said that Swope was the winner thinks about this?
I don't even have a PS3 but I'll buy one in case he gets royalties based on sales.
That's a great cover and a fitting end for a good student and athlete. Surprised that they keep referring to a "tense" race with Swope considering once the voting discrepancies came to light the difference was still pretty significant.
I now have to buy the game AND a PS3.
I don't know if that will end up being the actual cover, I know last year for RGIII they had a big to-do about the photo shoot for the cover.
Definitely not the final cover.
Lets hope he doesn't end up on the Madden cover in a few years.
Hooray for keeping the streak alive of having a Wolverine appear on the cover, for every decade NCAA Football has existed. Thanks to Denard, we're safe until the 2020s #meaninglessfluff