Since it was announced by Electronic Arts that the video game company was rebooting its famous college football video game, fans have been theorizing and debating who the cover athlete should be.
Names like Joe Burrow, Mac Jones and DeVonta Smith have all been popular choices amongst the fans, but Jones shared where his own vote would be should the decision be his.
In order to repay them for their exceptional work throughout the 2020 season, the Heisman Trophy finalist advocated for the Alabama offensive line to be put on the cover.
— Mac Jones (@MacJones_10) February 4, 2021
Featured on the cover are Landon Dickerson, Alex Leatherwood, Emil Ekiyor, Chris Owens, Deonte Brown, Evan Neal and Kendall Randolph. This unit played better than any other line in the country last season and was rewarded with the Joe Moore Award for the nation’s top offensive line.
Across the 13 game season, Jones was sacked just 13 times and had centuries in the pocket more often than not, helping him deliver the ball on time and accurately. The group also thrived in the run game as it aided running back Najee Harris to rushing for 1,466 yards and 26 touchdowns.
If a tandem of trench warriors deserved to be honored on the cover of one of the most beloved sports video game franchises, the 2020 Crimson Tide linemen sure put forth a convincing resume.
And the players took notice of Jones’ campaign and thanked him for the shoutout as well.
— Kendall Randolph♨️ (@KendallRandolp1) February 4, 2021
— Chris Owens (@BGChrisOwens) February 4, 2021
— Evan Neal (@ENeal73) February 4, 2021
If the group were to be the face of the game, it would be the second time multiple athletes shared the cover the EA Sports game with Robert Griffin III and Barry Sanders sharing it in 2013. It would also be the third time Alabama represented the cover of the game with running backs Mark Ingram and Sean Alexander postered the front of the game.
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Patrick Dowd is a Reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via Pat_Dowd77