Nick Saban and TreVeyon Henderson listed as possible cover faces
College football fans are buzzing with excitement right now as the game continues to undergo massive changes with NIL, a realignment and more. Among the upcoming changes to the game is the return of the EA Sports college football video game, thanks to name, image and likeness rules. About 247Sports The blockOn Monday, Carl Reed and Blake Brockermeyer shared their take on who the cover should be when the game returns in July 2023.
“For me, the next guy would be Tre Veyon Henderson, running back at Ohio State,” Brockermeyer said. “I think with the NIL as it is now, I think all of these kids are getting a piece of the pie. I’m sure that cover boy will have a few more. But he’s a dynamic player who has to be one of – he’s a contender for Heisman this year. But I think next year will be his year.
By the time the game’s cover is released, Henderson will likely have another huge season under his belt. However, it could be said that Henderson is also the best running back in the country this season. The former five-star prospect had 1,248 yards and 15 touchdowns as a rookie, far exceeding the expectations placed on him at the start of the season.
Playing for Ohio State will put Henderson on the whole platform to be the cover athlete. However, he’s far from the only big name in the sport when it comes to making a decision. In fact, there’s an even bigger name that might land on the cover and be considered a bit outside the box.
Nick Saban is preparing for his 16th season as Alabama head coach. During his time with the Crimson Tide, Saban is 183-25 and has led them to six national titles and eight SEC championships. Reed thinks Saban should be the first face on the video game’s comeback cover.
“As I look at who should be on the cover, in my opinion, I think you need to honor the legendary career of the University of Alabama head coach Nick Saban putting it on the cover,” Reed said. “He was the greatest coach of our generation, arguably the greatest college coach in football history. And look at his career; six national championships in Alabama, you got another one at LSU. … It’s time for you start to really appreciate and pay attention to the legend of this race.
The game is set to return in the summer of 2023, as 247Sports’ Brandon Marcello confirmed in December. A proposed four-year license is in place for the game.