This year EA's putting different athletes onto their NCAA Football 09
games based on the platform it is released. For the PlayStation 2 you have DeSean Jackson from California who went to the Philadelphia Eagles at #49. The 163rd selection overall, Owen Schmitt from West Virigina (Who BTW choked their last game against Pitt to drop from the National Title game) will be showcased on the PSP version. As announced previously, Darren McFadden will be the 360 coverboy and Matt Ryan will be on the PS3 cover. The Wii version doesn't even get a real player as the mascot for the Michigan State University Spartans will grace the cover for that console's version.
EA ANNOUNCES DESEAN JACKSON AND OWEN SCHMITT AS COVER ATHLETES FOR NCAA FOOTBALL 09
Jackson Featured on PlayStation 2 Cover and Schmitt Graces PlayStation Portable Pack Front
May 6, 2008 – EA has announced the final two cover athletes for NCAA Football 09, scheduled to hit stores across North America on July 15 from EA SPORTS. Former Cal wide receiver, DeSean Jackson, will be the cover athlete on PlayStation 2 while former West Virginia Mountaineer Owen Schmitt can be found on the cover of the PlayStation Portable version of the game.
In three seasons at Cal, Jackson ranks third all time in receiving yards (2,423) and third in receiving touchdowns (22). He was rated as the #1 receiver in the nation by The Sporting News and Rivals.com going into his junior campaign. Jackson was a first team All-Pac-10 selection and led the nation in average punt return yards (18.2) in his sophomore season. In the recently held NFL Draft, Jackson was selected in the second round (49th overall pick) by the Philadelphia Eagles.
Schmitt, a tough-minded fullback, finished his West Virginia Mountaineer career as one of the greatest players in school lore. In his career, Schmitt earned 21 career starts and carried the ball for 1,003 yards, a 6.3-yard average, during his Mountaineer career.
NCAA Football 09 on PlayStation 2 will feature authentic collegiate animations, an all-new Mascot Challenge and bring to life the atmosphere, pageantry and tradition of college football. The PlayStation Portable version will include arcade-influenced gameplay that throws you into the action faster than ever and brings out the fun and excitement of Big Play Saturdays. Both the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable versions of NCAA Football 09 will feature EA SPORTS Family Play, a fun and accessible game mode that has simplified game controls, playcalling system and playbooks.
Former Arkansas All-American Darren McFadden is the cover athlete for NCAA Football 09 on the Xbox 360 while Matt Ryan from Boston College is featured on the PLAYSTATION®3 pack front. Also, Sparty the Spartan from Michigan State University will grace the cover on the Nintendo Wii. For each of the platforms, NCAA Football 09 brings to life the fun and excitement of gameday Saturdays and captures the true emotion of the college football experience.