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10 Sooners we would have loved to use but couldn’t during the EA Sports NCAA Football hiatus

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One of the most popular franchises of all time looks set to return to your game consoles in 2023; EA Sports NCAA Football.

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The game, which has been on the shelf since its last release in 2013, is returning to a new era of college football that gives players the opportunity to capitalize on name, image and appearance.

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Even though NCAA Football 2014 hasn’t released a new game in nearly a decade, it’s still incredibly popular with sports gamers who continue to play online on Playstation consoles.

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Rumor has it that there are currently around 120 teams on board and EA Sports is working with them to get authentic sounds and crowd noises for their gameplay.

As NIL has moved to the forefront of college athletics, gamers will likely get the chance to play with some of their favorite players in the future as EA tries to create even more realistic gameplay. In years past, the company used computer-generated names or just numbers to identify players, but now that athletes can be compensated for their likeness, you’re more likely to get control of an Oklahoma offense with Nick Evers or Jackson Arnold at the helm when the game comes out. next year.

Due to the lack of a game, we missed the opportunity to use some of our favorite scorers. Let’s take a look at 10 players who would be the most fun to use but didn’t make it to EA Sports’ NCAA Football.

Kyler Murray, QB

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If there is a player of the last decade who best captures the Oklahoma Sooners cheat code, it is Kyler Murray. Murray could score from literally anywhere on the field. He had a great deep ball and was also an accurate passer. His ability to run, elusiveness and speed made him a terror in the open field.

There are times in Madden and NCAA Football when the physics of changing direction aren’t all that realistic. But Kyler Murray is changing that. His ability to cut and change direction often defied logic. While he may not be the most celebrated quarterback of the last decade, he will certainly be the funniest.

This run against West Virginia certainly showed off his running ability.

Marchioness “Hollywood” Brown

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Next on the list is Kyler Murray’s new Arizona Cardinals teammate Marquise Brown.

With a speed rating that would definitely be 99, Brown would be a force. His ability to get behind the defense created opportunities for big games almost every time a “drive” or “post” route was announced. And why are you calling something else. With Baker Mayfield or Kyler Murray as his quarterback, deep ball would be a constant playing challenge in NCAA Football.

Baker Mayfield QB

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Can you imagine a party that EA Sports could put on for Baker Mayfield? It would be too fun. From running around the windmill field to pre-game intensity, Mayfield would be a fantastic character to control in a game. Oh, and then there’s the on-field ability that has made him one of the most prolific passers in NCAA history.

Perhaps EA Sports will help us get through the loss to Georgia in the Rose Bowl by giving us the reins so we can let Mayfield play at least once in overtime.

Samaye Perine, RB

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Samaje Perin showed numbers in video games when he broke the single game speed record against Kansas. Using the truck stick most often stumps opponents as Perin works his way to big wins and many touchdowns. And let’s not forget his underrated pass catcher abilities.

Ogbonnya Okoronkwo, EDGE

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I have always been a fan of EDGE in video games. Let me run the edge rusher and I’ll put in four and five back games. Ogbonnia Okoronkwo was one of the top pass rushers in the country in the 2016 and 2017 seasons. In those two years, he totaled 17 sacks and 29 tackles for a loss. His quickness and closing speed made life incredibly difficult for attackers and quarterbacks. While the offense usually gets all the love in video games, a great defender like Ogbo would be incredibly fun to use.

Joe Mixon, RB

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2016 vs. Texas Tech is the game that comes to mind because Joe Mixon would be fun to use. Mixon scored 263 rushing yards and 114 receiving yards with five touchdowns. He averaged 10.77 yards per touch and looked like he was playing against a high school defense.

Mixon’s ability to deal damage as a runner, receiver, and returner makes him the perfect control runner in NCAA Football. It has the size to take on a significant workload and the ability to turn any touch into a big game.

Dede Westbrook, WR

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Like Mixon, Dede Westbrook had a great game in 2016 against Texas Tech. Of course, most crimes too. Westbrook was such a versatile wide receiver, you could win with him in any situation. Need a big game and you can send it deep. Need a receiver of possession, send Westbrook to the first down marker and he’ll convert.

The former Sooner finished fourth in Heisman’s 2016 voting as he averaged 19.1 yards per reception and threw for 17 touchdowns.

Sidi Lamb, WR

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2019 CeeDee Lamb has been one of my favorite players in recent history. He no longer took advantage of Mark Andrews or Marquis Brown in passing and offensive play when Jalen Hurts played quarterback more than in previous seasons, so he didn’t even notice the big hit on the targets. with Brown and Andrews in the NFL.

From 2018 to 2019, Lamb saw one fewer target and took three fewer receptions, but made the most of his opportunities, gaining almost 200 more yards, averaging 21.4 yards per reception.

This game against Texas will tell you everything you need to know about Lamb’s stellar 2019 season.

Jalen Herts, QB

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Get a couple of copies of the game and you can use Jalen Hurts in both Alabama and Oklahoma Crimson.

Jalen’s best came in his only season at OU, where he put in a dominant performance and finished second in Heisman’s voting. In 2019, Hurts completed nearly 70% of his passes for 3,851 yards and 32 touchdowns. If sacking yards (which the NCAA needs to keep official statistics) out of the equation, Hurts rushed for 1,422 yards and threw for 20 touchdowns.

While he did a lot of damage with his feet, let’s not forget the hand he showed during his time with the Sooners.

Ramondre Stevenson, RB

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Ramondre Stevenson may not have had the biggest career with the Oklahoma Sooners, but when he did take the field, he was a lot of fun to watch. His ability to combine strength and agility was a rare pleasure to watch on Saturdays. The impact he has had on offense since returning from suspension in the 2020 season cannot be overestimated.

The Oklahoma offense struggled in the first half of the season, but when Stevenson returned against Texas Tech, it seemed to open everything up for the attack.

Well, do not forget about the speed of separation from defense.

Others worth mentioning

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Owen Field has had a lot of great players since 2014 and it’s hard to narrow it down. The case could be made for Sterling Shepherd or Kennedy Brooks. It would be great to play a whole career with Rodney Anderson at running back. Tapping into the athleticism of Mark Andrews or Kenneth Murray would also be great fun.

We hope that when the game comes out, they will create historic teams and give players the opportunity to go back and use some of the great teams from the years when NCAA Football didn’t exist.






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