There is no more NCAA Football video game, which continually breaks hearts every year. But if it did exist, which NFL.com dove into, there would be some clearly dominant players in the game today. Naturally, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson tops that list of players that would be most dominant.
That’s what NFL.com’s Chase Goodbread suggested on his list of 17 players that would be awesome in NCAA Football.
“Every good sports video game needs a good cover photo, a high-profile star to be the public-facing attraction on the store shelf,” Goodbread wrote. “For that, we’ll take Jackson, the junior from Louisville who turned college football on its ear last year. Returning Heisman Trophy winners are uncommon, and when they come along, they’re the face of more than just a video game. They’re the face of the sport.”
Jackson, who won last year’s Heisman Trophy after throwing for 3,543 yards and 30 touchdowns, was not the lone ACC player that Goodbread through could be a force.
He also included four others, as follows with their ranking.
11. Ahmmon Richards, WR, Miami
Throwing deep can be the best way to get back into a game quickly — both on the field and for gamers — although it can be a lot easier for the latter to make the long-ball connection, especially when the right players are handling the task. Richards would be our pick to be the receiving end of a comeback attempt. His speed is elite, and if matched up with a cornerback lacking a top-end speed rating, he could be a video game star on the deep ball alone.
15. Brian Burns, DE, FSU
If Burns’ production on a per-play basis for the Seminoles last year translated to a video game, you’d never want to take him off the field. Consider that In a part-time role as a pass-rushing specialist, the FSU freshman made 24 tackles last season, and about 40 percent of them (9.5) were sacks. He’s a little light at 6-foot-5, 218 pounds, but when a joystick is involved, speed usually beats power.
16. Quin Blanding, S, Virginia
Put the controller in the hands of an expert, with the right offensive weapons, and touchdowns can rain so hard you need an umbrella. To combat that, you’d better have a safety who can clean up missed tackles and make sure breakaway plays result only in first downs, not touchdowns. For that role, we like Blanding, the Cavaliers’ tackling machine who has three years of experience as the last line of defense in Charlottesville. With 198 career solo tackles, he’s just 14 short of the ACC record for defensive backs.
17. Quadree Henderson, KOR, Pittsburgh
There isn’t a more exciting kickoff return man in the country than the Panthers’ Henderson, and there isn’t one we’d rather be in control of with a joystick, either. He’s broken four returns for touchdowns over the last two years, including this thriller for 100 yards against Navy in the 2015 Military Bowl.