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georgiafan
03-01-2007, 07:35 AM
Boise state QB Jared Zabransky will be on the cover of this years NCAA video game

http://sportsgamer.com/content/590/ncaa-football-08-cover-athlete-leaked Is it ok to post a link ? if not I'll delete it

RyanLeaf#1
03-01-2007, 07:41 AM
Boise state QB Jared Zabransky will be on the cover of this years NCAA video game

http://sportsgamer.com/content/590/ncaa-football-08-cover-athlete-leaked Is it ok to popst a link ? if not I'll delete it

I definitely didnt think it was going to be him.

BigDawg819
03-01-2007, 09:34 AM
Boise State getting some mainstream love! Should of been Calvin Johnson...

ds8582
03-01-2007, 10:14 AM
are you kidding me??

BigDawg819
03-01-2007, 10:21 AM
are you kidding me??

No I am not, Calvin Johnson is a beast! :D

ds8582
03-01-2007, 10:25 AM
It probably could have been AP, Quinn, Russell or CJ. Zabransky is a bazaar pick.

BigDawg819
03-01-2007, 10:29 AM
It probably could have been AP, Quinn, Russell or CJ. Zabransky is a bazaar pick.


Hey man its some mainstream love for Boise State! Its the feel good story of the year!


Should of been CJ though dammit! :D

HawkeyeFan
03-01-2007, 10:38 AM
Oh man! Come on! Calvin Johnson, Adrian Peterson, Marshawn, Russell, Gaines Adams, Patrick Willis! ANYONE but Zabransky!

P-L
03-01-2007, 10:43 AM
Is there any other reputable link. Not so sure about that site's credibility. The cover athlete is all about marketability. Zabransky is not marketable. I'd expect the guy on the cover to be Brady Quinn, Troy Smith, or Adrian Peterson. Calvin Johnson won't be on the cover because outside of the draft community, he doesn't get much media attention.

princefielder28
03-01-2007, 10:44 AM
What a joke!!!!

cgrsly57
03-01-2007, 10:49 AM
Is there any other reputable link. Not so sure about that site's credibility. The cover athlete is all about marketability. Zabransky is not marketable. I'd expect the guy on the cover to be Brady Quinn, Troy Smith, or Adrian Peterson. Calvin Johnson won't be on the cover because outside of the draft community, he doesn't get much media attention.

It was in the Idaho Statesman I think thats pretty reputable.

http://idahostatesman.com/235/story/73453.html

RyanLeaf#1
03-01-2007, 10:54 AM
I thought it was going to be AP for sure.

BigDawg819
03-01-2007, 11:09 AM
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f12/wrobel8/0102_Sports_Z.jpg

Its all about the armband tat! :D

georgiafan
03-01-2007, 11:15 AM
The site is credible, I was shocked i thought it would be Troy Smith or Quinn.

Vikes99ej
03-01-2007, 11:30 AM
I still don't believe this. If this is true, I am absolutely shocked.

Sportsfan486
03-01-2007, 11:31 AM
Ummmmm they picked the wrong Boise player...

Everyone knows it's all about the pimpin' Ian Johnson, m i rite?

JoeMontainya
03-01-2007, 11:32 AM
That is ********, noone wants him to be on the cover outside of Idaho.

yourfavestoner
03-01-2007, 11:54 AM
Gross.(screwthetencharacterlimit)

yourfavestoner
03-01-2007, 11:56 AM
WTF? They're thinking about making a movie about this BSU team, too? They had a nice season and all, but honestly, who gives a flying ****? People didn't make a huge deal when Utah went undefeated and BLEW OUT the team they played in a BCS bowl game.

Acreboy
03-01-2007, 12:00 PM
He doesn't sound too smart when he talks...

P-L
03-01-2007, 12:02 PM
It was in the Idaho Statesman I think thats pretty reputable.

http://idahostatesman.com/235/story/73453.html

And that is the reputable link I was looking for. Thanks.

georgiafan
03-01-2007, 12:10 PM
I think the cover is suppose to be announced tommrow this is just a leak. If you go to the NCAA section of easports it has a little info.

RWFender1
03-01-2007, 12:35 PM
wow troy smith is really getting shafted lately. he definately deserved the cover spot

yourfavestoner
03-01-2007, 01:06 PM
Ummmmm they picked the wrong Boise player...

Everyone knows it's all about the pimpin' Ian Johnson, m i rite?

It can only be players who are no longer NCAA athletes.

Ward
03-01-2007, 01:53 PM
Not that I don't like Zabransky or think Boise State should have had a shot to prove themselves but ... come on. I liked it better when it was the Heisman winner, or if the Heisman winner didn't come out, the next most exciting player.

RWFender1
03-01-2007, 04:16 PM
i agree. should have been Troy Smith and if not it should have been Peterson, CJ or Quinn. I would even rather see ted ginn

JT Jag
03-01-2007, 04:20 PM
Not going to believe it until I see it announced on one of the following sites.

- ESPN.com
- One of the major news sites (cnn.com, msnbc.com, etc)
- EA.com

Flyboy
03-01-2007, 04:44 PM
... Um, wow. Didn't see that one coming at all.

NYmoney
03-01-2007, 04:45 PM
IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN TIM TEEEEEBOW. where is the TT love? this is crap

yourfavestoner
03-01-2007, 04:47 PM
IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN TIM TEEEEEBOW. where is the TT love? this is crap

I'd be all for it, but he can't.

Woody56
03-01-2007, 04:49 PM
im guessing the theme for the game if Zabransky really is on the cover is the underdog role.

slightlyaraiderfan
03-01-2007, 04:59 PM
Good job reaching out to the casual fan EA.

draftguru151
03-01-2007, 05:02 PM
EA is officially announcing it tomorrow so I will wait until then.

JeffSamardzijaIRISH
03-01-2007, 05:21 PM
If they were gonna put a senior, why not Brady Quinn?

SeanTaylorRIP
03-01-2007, 05:23 PM
lol to the Casual football fan they won't be able to find NCAA on the shelves they are gonna see Zabransky and think it's that Arena Football game.

JeffSamardzijaIRISH
03-01-2007, 05:34 PM
lol to the Casual football fan they won't be able to find NCAA on the shelves they are gonna see Zabransky and think it's that Arena Football game.

=), He'll probably be on the cover of Arena next year...

etk
03-01-2007, 05:50 PM
What percentage of gamers are gonna recognize Jared Zabransky off the cover of a video game? BSU might have won the Fiesta Bowl, but it doesn't change the fact that this guy made a ton of mistakes on the field, and specifically throwing an INT for TD that almost cost them the game.

This year we got to see the worst starting QB in the Super Bowl and the worst cover boy for a video game. Lucky us.

Vikes99ej
03-01-2007, 08:48 PM
I can only imagine who they'll put on Madden this year. Terdell Sands, anyone?

edge_V
03-01-2007, 08:58 PM
well ncaa football is already a proven franchise/series/game. Its not going to stop me from buying it. It will result in the occasional gag when i reach for the game, and other stuff of that nature. It is lame, but unless they have a whole emphasis on winning games on cheap trick plays, then it probably won't take away from the gameplay.

Tubby
03-01-2007, 09:13 PM
Zabranksy? WHAT THE ****???

yodabear
03-01-2007, 09:17 PM
Americas Team College Style, Boise St.

yodabear
03-01-2007, 09:20 PM
I can only imagine who they'll put on Madden this year. Terdell Sands, anyone?

Tony Romo.

Forenci
03-02-2007, 12:40 AM
I think it's quite nice EA tried something different. Tired of always seeing a Heisman winner or the best player in college football on the front of the case. Plus maybe this means that'll we'll see a massive amount of trick plays this year. Booyah.

Also, it wouldn't matter if they put Reggie Ball (it ammuses me just thinking about it) on the cover. No one buys the game for who's on the cover. If they do they're really quite shallow.

..and no, I'm not a Boise State fan, unfortunately I'm a Michigan State fan.

Vikes99ej
03-02-2007, 01:55 PM
It's officially Zabransky. Just go to Easports.com

Jimmy
03-02-2007, 02:03 PM
I wonder what the theme is going to be this year that's tied in with the cover athlete. I hope not a bunch of trick plays

georgiafan
03-02-2007, 02:19 PM
yeah it's official http://www.easports.com/ncaa08/

JT Jag
03-02-2007, 02:26 PM
Jared Zabransky's draft stock just went up.

Forenci
03-02-2007, 03:08 PM
I wonder what the theme is going to be this year that's tied in with the cover athlete. I hope not a bunch of trick plays

Argh, come on, that'd be so nice though. However, according to Gamespot it's supposed to be about an all new Leadership type improvement to the game. Where if key players make key plays, the team as a whole improves.

Sounds interesting. Statue of Liberty play, here I come!

draftguru151
03-02-2007, 03:26 PM
Well some of us actually keep out boxes. I'm just gonna get a Kenny Phillips one.

draftguru151
03-02-2007, 03:31 PM
I don't want to own anything with Zabransky on it. And who wouldn't want a picture of Quinn?

Sveen
03-02-2007, 03:37 PM
Zabransky? Seriously?

HoopsDemon12
03-02-2007, 04:46 PM
I truly dont see anyhting wrong with it....its not as if there in the actual game anyway. Hell its a good story and why not let him have his time in the sun. And im from canada...not idaho so no hometown bias either haha

keylime_5
03-02-2007, 05:02 PM
Should've been either Troy Smith, Adrian Peterson, or Calvin Johnson.

Scott Wright
03-02-2007, 06:44 PM
I am 10% less inclined to buy this game. Good move by EA, putting a guy who may not even be in the league when the game comes out on the cover. They should put Drew Tate on the cover of Madden now! :)

ZRO
03-02-2007, 07:04 PM
All the crying going on about this here is hilarious. If you buy the game for who is on the cover, then you're a ******. Plain and simple. What's the difference between Calvin Johnson or Beano Cook being on the cover? I literally see the cover maybe five seconds a day in the time it takes me to remove the CD to and from the case. This is the most pointless thing to whine about.

critesy
03-02-2007, 07:30 PM
I am 10% less inclined to buy this game. Good move by EA, putting a guy who may not even be in the league when the game comes out on the cover. They should put Drew Tate on the cover of Madden now! :)


i love it.

KCJ58
03-02-2007, 07:45 PM
i wont even buy it or look at it

KCJ58
03-02-2007, 07:46 PM
put McFadden on it

Mr. Stiller
03-02-2007, 07:57 PM
so it really makes a big difference to you whether it's zabransky or, for the purposes of argument, quinn? i don't see how that decreases the playability of a video game in any way.

Exactly, it's a great storyline.

Exactly how many people believed 1) They'd go 12-0, 2) they'd knock of a AD loaded OU.

not only that but with the 2 point conversion.. I don't see the argument. They always put a storyline player on the box, usually a heisman winner yes.. but that story must've been too good to pass up.

RaiderNation
03-02-2007, 08:15 PM
im a boise state fan but come on. i think quinn should of gotten it since he has alot of records at norte dame. mayb cj or peterson could have been it too but this is a wierd choice

yodabear
03-03-2007, 12:52 AM
Shoulda put on Quinn's sister.

JoeMontainya
03-03-2007, 03:31 AM
"Exactly how many people believed 1) They'd go 12-0, 2) they'd knock of a AD loaded OU."

1. remember there strength of schedule was like playing a high school season.
2. They knocked off an AD that was barely cleared to play and it showed.
3. Oklahoma was extremely overrated, and only #7 in the country at the time. Boise barely beat them and it was a miracle they did. So what next? Everyone said Boise should be #1 in the country.

JoeMontainya
03-03-2007, 03:32 AM
Ohio State might as well drop out of the big ten and play appalation state and loisiana monroe every year.

iowatreat54
03-03-2007, 03:39 AM
put McFadden on it

seriously do u know anything about how they choose who goes on the cover? or even bother to read anything posted before what you say? Considering if a player is still in college it is against NCAA rules to use his name/face to generate revenue for a non-NCAA organization, and last time I checked Darren is still enrolled at arkansas...but hey besides that...maybe they should also put every players name in the game...and then pay them for being in it and using their names too...

Shoulda put on Quinn's sister.

you sir are a genious...I wouldn't even play the game I'd just look at it all day...

jagsfreak27
03-03-2007, 08:19 AM
Thats bull CJ should of been on the cover. Have they announced madden cover yet

Cashmoney
03-03-2007, 09:47 AM
I don't like this choice at all, but it doesn't really matter to me. I'll just get my friend to photoshop me a CJ cover.

georgiafan
03-03-2007, 12:02 PM
new info from ign

http://ps3.ign.com/articles/769/769816p1.html

KBear
03-03-2007, 12:09 PM
They should put Drew Tate on the cover of Madden now! :)

That might actually sell some, at least in Iowa.

Vikes99ej
03-03-2007, 12:53 PM
I don't like it, but I can maybe see why they did it. It's purely a college football game, and Zabransky led a pretty good college football team. I'll still buy it as soon as it comes out.

snuff
03-03-2007, 01:20 PM
I am 10% less inclined to buy this game. Good move by EA, putting a guy who may not even be in the league when the game comes out on the cover. They should put Drew Tate on the cover of Madden now! :)

What does a guy being in the NFL have to do with him being on the cover of a college game? Desmond Howard was retired when his cover came out... Did you not buy that one either because he wasn't in the NFL at the time? It is so ridiculous that people even care about who is on the cover. I think there are more Madden/NCCA Cover thread than there are actual intelligent threads.

ripdw27
03-03-2007, 01:45 PM
if i end up buying the game im putting the case upside down... shouldve been Troy Smith... heisman winner come on. actually i think they should put someone who is returning to ncaa on the cover (Darren McFadden). if they were gonna put a qb on it shouldve been smith, quinn, russell.

Philliez01
03-03-2007, 01:49 PM
I'll see Zabransky when I first buy the game and on the loading screen, it's a video game cover. Sure not the best option to select but if you aren't buying a video game because of a cover that's crazy.

OhioState
03-03-2007, 01:59 PM
this is the most absurd thing i have ever seen. zabransky was one of the most obscure, mediocre players in football last year, nobody will know who he is except a few, this is almost outrageous that troy smith(or at least someone the public can recognize) is not on the cover. i mean if you are not an avid cfb fan or wac fan i can almost gurantee you will have no idea who this guy is.

ncbigbody
03-03-2007, 02:14 PM
Boise State isnt even that good. They beat an OU team that was worthless. And Zabransky is purely a system quarterback. Thats like putting the Texas Tech QB on the cover.

iowatreat54
03-03-2007, 02:21 PM
if i end up buying the game im putting the case upside down... shouldve been Troy Smith... heisman winner come on. actually i think they should put someone who is returning to ncaa on the cover (Darren McFadden). if they were gonna put a qb on it shouldve been smith, quinn, russell.

do people seriously not understand why they can't put players still in college on the cover? seriously if they could don't you think they would have by now? honestly, learn why they don't before you post that and look like an idiot...

WildDude
03-03-2007, 02:34 PM
im just brainstorming here has a guy on the cover ever went undrafted?

draftguru151
03-03-2007, 03:19 PM
if i end up buying the game im putting the case upside down... shouldve been Troy Smith... heisman winner come on. actually i think they should put someone who is returning to ncaa on the cover (Darren McFadden). if they were gonna put a qb on it shouldve been smith, quinn, russell.

How many times does it have to be said that college players can't be on the cover?

The leadership feature seems cool. Hopefully they can get it to work well. Recruiting sounds sick as well.

YAYareaRB
03-03-2007, 04:19 PM
im just brainstorming here has a guy on the cover ever went undrafted?

That play fake has got to get him somewhere.

Finlayson56
03-03-2007, 04:28 PM
are you kidding me??

DeansRedHalo
03-05-2007, 08:53 PM
I think most people would actually feel the same way about Troy Smith. Those of us not from OH or not related to the Big Ten have a very fond memory of Mr. Smith -- running for his life as the Godzilla-like Florida defensive line swallowed him and his entire team whole in what had to be the most lop-sided, ludicrous beatdown in college football bowl history.

Zabransky won his game and it was a damn good game at that; that game epitomizes college football and the spirit with which you should play the game: if you can't see that, then you're watching the game for the wrong reasons and maybe you should become an NFL scout where "measurables" are all that matter to you.

Peace.

NickBam
03-05-2007, 10:49 PM
The game better be improved and less faulty then last years (on 360).

critesy
03-05-2007, 11:37 PM
new info from ign

http://ps3.ign.com/articles/769/769816p1.html

maybe people didnt see the article, sounds better overall for the next gen systems. nicccce.

RWFender1
03-06-2007, 09:26 PM
http://youtube.com/watch?v=4Ga-9_O6GO4

this looks sweet, they are putting in trick plays finally

draftguru151
03-06-2007, 10:10 PM
but TROY SMITH AND BRADY QUINN!!!! troy brady russel smith jamarcus johnson calvin OMGOMG brady brady troy jamarcus smith johnson AD russell.

you just can't argue with people who don't actually like football and would rather have a pin-up on their video game cover so they can later hang the bloody thing on the wall and stare at it all day.

it's like arguing with a 13 year old girl who's angry that justin timberlake wasn't on the cover of tiger beat.

You wouldn't put hang the case with a picture of Brady Quinn on your wall? Pfft.

wogitalia
03-07-2007, 12:35 AM
People didn't make a huge deal when Utah went undefeated and BLEW OUT the team they played in a BCS bowl game.

Utah also weren't a JuCo 20 years ago. Boise State have made an amazing amount of progress over the last decade to become a team that should get some serious BCS attention.

LonghornsLegend
03-07-2007, 01:09 AM
i thought for sure it was quinn...this sucks, im used to the big superstar that just left that had an amazing year....russell or AD in a close 2nd, i would of even enjoyed ginn jr, but i guess it will have 2 do...

RWFender1
03-07-2007, 02:09 AM
im actually excited about the game. zabransky wasnt my first choice but that whole leadership feature sounds pretty cool and i guess if the theme is leadership he is a good candidate.

draftguru151
03-07-2007, 08:37 AM
only if he was 3/4 naked and scowling.

Fair enough.

kalbears13
03-10-2007, 08:21 PM
I see it as reasonable for EA Sports to choose Zabransky because if you look at the Maddens, when they had the year of the quarterback they had McNabb and when they had year of the runnigback they had Shaun Alexander. I think for NCAA 08 they're going to be adding more trick play stuff like Boise State ran. Hopefully they work well!

someone447
03-10-2007, 09:05 PM
It probably could have been AP, Quinn, Russell or CJ. Zabransky is a bazaar pick.

A bazaar pick? So he is a market pick? Sorry for nitpicking, but it is bizarre. A bazaar is a market place.

Big Mike
03-11-2007, 01:40 PM
what the. i thoufht it would be steve slaton or troy smith. i guess the hook and ladder did it

georgiafan
03-11-2007, 01:55 PM
steve slaton is still in college so it can't be him

Jay
03-11-2007, 03:59 PM
True story: I had a photo published in the Idaho Statesman of the singer of the band Himsa. Yup.

Should have been Brady Quinn for the Notre Dame/babyface factor...

Primetime21
03-11-2007, 10:31 PM
Boise State isnt even that good. They beat an OU team that was worthless. And Zabransky is purely a system quarterback. Thats like putting the Texas Tech QB on the cover.

I live in Boise and go ti every Boise State game and I know they werent the best team in the nation but they had heart and had a lot of talent.

OU was looked at by many to be a major contender with Brent Bomar (whatever his name is) and then out of nowhere he messed up and was kicked off the team. All of a sudden a WR is given three weeks to go back to his original position of QB and play in one of the hardest conferences in the NCAA. They had a one loss season. Oregon doesnt ******* count.

BSU deserves every publicity they get. Z-man not so much.

MP123
03-20-2007, 12:10 AM
No, not really. He played great in the Fiesta Bowl and that got him the cover.

ljk2171
03-30-2007, 08:42 AM
Just going out on a limb here, but I'm sure EA's marketing department may have done a little bit of research before making the decision and considering the fact that there is now a four page thread on the topic, I'd say they made a pretty good choice.

Also, wasn't he the guy who quarterbacked the only undefeated team this past season?

constant cough
03-30-2007, 08:52 AM
I have no problem with Zabransky on the cover. I'd rather see him than the usual hyped player they put on.

Purple N Proud
03-31-2007, 11:07 AM
Haha how bout that. Woulda figured a Brady Quinn or similarly hyped recruit mighta got it. Oh well, to be honest I find Madden more fun. The recruiting is pretty neat though. In other news....Who thinks Madden and NCAA need a lineman on the front??? Joe thomas/Orlando Pace anybody?

boisefan
04-22-2007, 10:58 AM
It would be funny if Zabransky doesn't get drafted...yet he get on the cover.

jagsfreak27
04-22-2007, 11:33 AM
It would be funny if Zabransky doesn't get drafted...yet he get on the cover. I would cry of laughing

Primetime21
04-22-2007, 11:39 AM
It would be funny if Zabransky doesn't get drafted...yet he get on the cover.


He was put on the cover because the game is going about leadership and coming from the bottom to the top. So that is why Z-man is on the cover, and doesnt matter what he does in the NFL. So dont bring up a thread from a month ago for some stupid joke that is completly irrelevant.

boisefan
04-22-2007, 12:39 PM
He was put on the cover because the game is going about leadership and coming from the bottom to the top. So that is why Z-man is on the cover, and doesnt matter what he does in the NFL. So dont bring up a thread from a month ago for some stupid joke that is completly irrelevant.

Ok... I knew this...but ty anyways?

neko4
04-22-2007, 12:52 PM
Desmond Howard was draft bust, tho a super bowl MVP, and he got on

cardsalltheway
04-22-2007, 01:01 PM
Desmond Howard was draft bust, tho a super bowl MVP, and he got on

But he won the Heisman

neko4
04-22-2007, 01:12 PM
But he won the Heisman

I was trying to say it doesnt matter what they did a a pro, its college that counts

Primetime21
04-22-2007, 01:12 PM
But he won the Heisman

So did Jason White and he wasnt even drafted.

asmitty45
04-22-2007, 02:09 PM
What?!?! How is it not Adrian Peterson or Brady Quinn? Those two are WAY more marketable than Zabransky.

boisefan
04-24-2007, 06:30 PM
What?!?! How is it not Adrian Peterson or Brady Quinn? Those two are WAY more marketable than Zabransky.

Z on the cover has to be symbolic to the game.