Mark Ingram fronting NCAA Football 12

Former Alabama Crimson Tide running back named cover athlete for EA Sports' college gridiron sim, due this year on 360, PS3.

Dawg Pound bruiser Peyton Hillis and convicted dog fighter Michael Vick are currently locked in EA Sports' cage match to determine Madden NFL 12's cover athlete. Today, the publisher resolved a similar bout for its collegiate gridiron franchise, saying that former University of Alabama running back Mark Ingram has triumphed in its fan-voted Facebook contest to determine the cover athlete for NCAA Football 12.

Even in repose, Mark Ingram suffers from motion blurring.

EA Sports' "U Want ME" Facebook campaign was the first of its kind for the NCAA Football franchise and saw more than 140,000 votes cast. Ingram's victory came over Auburn University defensive lineman Nick Fairley, University of Oklahoma running back DeMarco Murray, and University of Washington quarterback Jake Locker.

Though his 2010 junior season was hampered by injuries, Ingram dominated college football in 2009. The Alabama tailback ended the season with a Heisman Trophy after leading the Crimson Tide to a resounding 37-21 victory over the University of Texas in the 2010 BCS National Championship. Earlier this year, Ingram announced he would be entering the NFL draft, having logged more than 3,000 yards and 42 touchdowns.

Developed by EA Tiburon, NCAA Football 12 will be available this year for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. EA Sports has yet to attach a date to the game, though retailers are expecting it to arrive by July 12. For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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youngsexynerd
youngsexynerd

awsome, just awsome, this will be the first football game i buy sinse madden 02 just cause ingram is on the cover!!!!, ROLL TIDE, we are going undefeated again this year for the National chanpionship agian, no one can stop bama, NO ONE!!!!!! yeaahh wheres my ingram jersey at??? roll tide!!

jshaas
jshaas

A few points to be made here. First, Ingram is deserving to be on the cover. He's a NC, and Heisman Trophy winner. Second, Cam Newton was cleared of any wrong doing by the NCAA (you know the body that governs college sports/players). Let it go already. Third, Newton is also very deserving to be on the cover and most likely would be if Ingram was available last year. But then where does that leave Tebow? He was a unanimous choice last year. EA usually picks someone that has just come off a superb year AND entered the draft. But, I don't mind this at all.

nickythenewt21
nickythenewt21

I don't really like the cover, but Mark Ingram definitely deserves to be on the cover. Congrats!

geaux321
geaux321

@acousticguy9 Still grasping for straws, so sad.

DarxPhil
DarxPhil

Whats a ''Mark Ingram''? ...I don't watch football.

styymy
styymy

Could care less who's on the cover. BUT how does the game play?? I Just want to play the game. This board has a lot of sensitive posters...Whatever

Dr_Corndog
Dr_Corndog

@acousticguy9 You're $30,000 short, but otherwise right on. On a completely unrelated note, Roll Tide.

SamsterBoy
SamsterBoy

I don't know much about sports, but I find it pretty weird that my teacher has the same name as a football player. Really caught my attention.

packers91
packers91

also: Why is the Tigers "battle cry" of sorts "War Eagle"???? I go to NCSU and that'd be like us yelling BATTLE ELEPHANTS every game

packers91
packers91

yeaahhhh, not buyin' madden with Vick on the cover. The cover athlete should have made it into at least the second round of the playoffs. Something neither of the finalists did...

baystatethrashr
baystatethrashr

I am so happy that Cam Newton wasn't even on the ballot for this vote, I am so sick of hearing about that future draft bust.

baystatethrashr
baystatethrashr

@rsp1218 I watch one college football game a year and I still know who Ingram is, also note that he isn't wearing a utah uniform, which usually means he doesn't play for Utah.

xpepox
xpepox

@rsp1218 its spelled heisman and mark ingram won it in 2009

noturfangirl
noturfangirl

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huyckb04
huyckb04

Congrats to Mark Ingram! I'd still like to see a Hawkeye on the cover, though!

Elite_Baller
Elite_Baller

Cam Newton should have been on the cover.....

jnyblujns
jnyblujns

It's a year late, but oh well. Mark is a great guy. I met him a few weeks ago. As nice and humble of a guy as you could ever meet. Surrounds himself with good people too. I wish him all the best in the NFL.

rsp1218
rsp1218

Ok I watch and follow college football religiously and I have no clue who this guy is. Is that a Utah player? I thought for sure Cam Newton, a highsman, winner would be on there.

Cwagmire21
Cwagmire21

@MicroHolic the NCAA franchise is behind every year because of contract issues, you can't get a NCAA player to sign any contract legally to be paid to be on the cover of a game. That's why Tebow was on it last year even though he wasn't in College last year. Next year, I bet Cam Newton will be on it.

MicroHolic
MicroHolic

He deserved it last year not this year. He is not the current Heisman or national champ. Nick Fairley or Cam Newton should be on there not him. We won the National Championship not Alabama so an Auburn player should be on there. War Eagle!!

swamptick
swamptick

Excellent! Ingram is very deserving!

dylan417
dylan417

I kind of liked how they had different athletes for each system, oh well. I can respect Ingram.

dromeo
dromeo

very well deserved

pokecharm
pokecharm

yeah, he is a heisman trophy winner and national champ, and doesn't have the 'background' Cam Newton has. Just saw him on ESPN First Take - well mannered too. He certainly deserves this honour!

Rhino53
Rhino53

Hellz yeah, Roll Tide, baby!