There has been something missing from the college football landscape since EA Sports stopped making the “NCAA Football” franchise in 2014. Even though they did not have names, fans loved playing as the facsimile of their favorite players. College players enjoyed seeing their doubles and where they ranked.
That experience was taken away. No one could bulldoze linebackers with
Tim Tebow Florida QB #15 or run through and past players with renewed editions of Bo Jackson. There is no new generation of players.
It is hard to get over this fact. It would be so much fun to play as some of the players in today’s SEC. Most especially, LSU running back Leonard Fournette.
CBS Sports’ Robby Kalland and Ben Kercheval are devising NCAA Football video game ratings for the nation’s top running backs and for some of the sports’ other stars. Unsurprisingly, Fournette is the top running back if there were a video game to play.
They awarded Fournette a “96” rating. And as if to underline what an animal Fournette is, they gave him a perfect “99” rating in “truck,” “strength” and “stiff arm.” In other words, just like in real life, get out of Fournette’s way when he is coming right at you.
“Big, fast, good vision and balance, athleticism for days — Fournette has it all,” CBS Sports wrote. “If you’re nitpicking, you can point to his pass catching as a bit of a weakness, but he does everything else at an incredibly high level. He’s not just the best running back we graded, he’s one of the best players in college football.”
His highlights already look like video game moves as he racked up yards and touchdowns at a crazy fast rate. His junior year promises to add more to his legacy and add more highlights.
Georgia’s Nick Chubb was the No. 3 running back, with a “95” rating. Tennessee Jalen Hurd is No. 8 among running backs, with an “89” rating. Chubb’s battery mate Sony Michel is No. 9 with an “87” rating.
In fairness, Fournette shares the top spot among running backs with Stanford’s Christian McCaffery, another player with video game highlights and gaudy statistics out of the backfield. Fournette is already a favorite to win the Heisman Trophy, while leading an LSU team expected to do big things this year. For college football fans, it is just unfair that they are not able to play as his virtual counterpart.