The infamous college video game franchise stopped in 2013 with the final copy being NCAA Football 14. With former Michigan do it all player Denard Robinson gracing the cover, we haven't seen a copy of the game created since. Amid speculation of the games return in the future, we all miss the fun and entertainment associated with playing with our favorite players and teams from across the country - even having the option of creating ourselves as a player or coach and fulfilling our dreams as a head coach or five-star recruit.
With the constant hope of the game returning, we are left once again with another year of wondering what could've been. A question that first appeared on Twitter thanks to Josh Parcell, it made me think about which college players would actually receive the respect of a perfect 99 overall rating.
Here are the eight players that I thought were worthy of the illustrious declaration:
WR - Jerry Jeudy (6-1, 192, Jr.) - Alabama
Already playing in real life like a video game in a sense, Jeudy's highlight real ankle breaking moves are constantly shared over social media. The reigning Biletnikoff Award winner racked up 68 catches for 1,315 yards and 14 touchdowns during his sophomore campaign. His traits make him an easy pick for having one of the games highest rating. With his type of joystick jukes and "make you miss" type of ability, playing with him on the game would be the definition of breath taking.
QB - Trevor Lawrence (6-6, 220, So.) - Clemson
A ranking that doesn't need much explanation, the Tigers signal-caller took the college football world by storm during his freshman season. Taking over the starting spot following the fourth game of the season, he engineered the first 15-0 team in college football history. Capping off the memorable season with a 44-16 victory in the National Championship over Alabama, Lawrence has already been tabbed as a "can't miss" prospect. His combination of poise, accuracy, and decision making would arguably make him the top ranked player overall on the game only as a sophomore.
EDGE - Chase Young (6-5, 260, Jr.) - Ohio State
Entering the season as one of the most notable defensive players in the country, Young put together an impressive second season. Recording 10.5 sacks as a sophomore puts him in position to earn a perfect rating. His size, bend, and athleticism has the makings for being an unstoppable force when playing with the Buckeyes defense. Having to account extra blockers to him while matched up against him would be a necessity. Otherwise, he would be a constant terror to offenses that are trying to operate and execute against him.
RB - Travis Etienne (5-10, 210, Jr.) - Clemson
Speed is a huge factor with making a player enjoyable on video games. Some of the most notable names who had unlimited turbo on previous NCAA Football games were Reggie Bush and DeAnthony Thomas. Etienne would be along those lines in that once users were able to mash down the button to kick things into another gear and accelerate, there was no catching him. During the Madden 08 series, EA developers made an exception for Devin Hester by giving him a 100 overall speed rating. The same could be said for the Clemson rusher. Tying an ACC record with 26 touchdowns a season ago, he would put up the true meaning of "video game numbers" if the game were still released.
Safety - Grant Delpit (6-3, 203, Jr.) - LSU
A true jack of all trades type of safety and swiss army knife for the Tigers defense, Delpit would be an interesting chess piece to utilize while on defense. His ability to play as a one-high safety on the roof of the defense, blitz value, and dependability while in coverage help him become one of the highest rated players on the game. Garnering so much respect that the program has rewarded him by allowing him to wear the No. 7 jersey number for the 2019 season, which has only been given to distinct members of the program including Tyrann Mathieu and Patrick Peterson.
RB - Jonathan Taylor (5-11, 219, Jr.) - Wisconsin
The Wisconsin rusher marched his way to a FBS-leading 2,194 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns. While his true downhill and go nature may not be flashy, it is very effective and would be the same way on NCAA20. The prototypical rusher that you would love to utilize in the Badgers smashmouth offense, for users that love to have an old school mentality of wanting to milk the clock and limit the opportunities for their opposition, Taylor and the teams offensive attack would be the one of their choosing. Already having a phenomenal career, he has rushed for at least 100 yards or more in 22 of 27 career games played.
WR - Rondale Moore (5-9, 180, So.) - Purdue
Following one of the best freshman seasons we've seen in recent memory, Moore made his presence felt as he finished his true freshman season with a school record 2,215 all-purpose yards that included 114 receptions for 1,258 yards and 12 touchdowns, 21 carries for 213 yards and two touchdowns plus returning 33 kickoffs for 662 yards and 12 punts for 82 yards. A player that you would look to place at the top of the depth chart across multiple positions, Moore would be an unstoppable force on the game. Not only at receiver, but as a return specialist as well. His shiftiness, speed, and elusive playing style would leave many users that are defending him, scratching their heads at how to slow him down.
K - Andrew Szmyt (6-1, 194, R-So.) - Syracuse
A kicker? Yes, a kicker, because Szmyt is much more than just that. A surprise secret weapon for the Orange, he joined the team in 2017 as a walk-on. All that he's done since his time with the team is become an All-American and finish second in the country in individual scoring. His 151 points accounted for was second only to Clemson rusher Travis Etienne. The star kicker takes an active streak of 61 consecutive made PATs into the 2019 season. For as important as special teams are, having his leg on kickoffs, field goals, and point after attempts would be a huge asset.
Just Missing the Cut: Tua Tagovailoa, Derrick Brown, Justin Herbert, A.J. Epenesa, and Laviska Shenault