EA Sports revives its college football video game — but it won't include real student-athletes
Video game developer Electronic Arts is bringing back its beloved college football game with a catch: it won't include the likeness of any real-life college players. The new game, EA Sports College Football, will be the company's first college football title since it discontinued the NCAA Football franchise in 2013. "We've heard from the millions of passionate fans requesting the return of college football video games," Cam Weber, the company's executive vice president, said in a statement Tuesday. "We love the energy, tradition and pageantry of college football and I am beyond thrilled to say we are back in development." In 2013, a group of college athletes sued the NCAA and EA Sports for using their likenesses in EA's NCAA Football video games.cbsnews.com
Liberty preps for Coastal Carolina in Cure Bowl matchup
Liberty finished the regular season with a 9-1 record and is currently ranked No. 23 in the final regular season Associated Press and Amway Coaches national top-25 polls. Coastal Carolina replaced Liberty with undefeated BYU and handed the Cougars their first defeat. So there’s just a lot of excitement and energy and positive vibes that is around this building right here that we’re going to take with us down to Orlando,” Liberty safety Javon Scruggs says. The Cure Bowl is scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday night from Camping World Stadium in Orlando.
Liberty recruiting is flourishing under Coach Hugh Freeze
Freeze’s third signing class at Liberty includes 12 three-star ranked recruits as ranked by 247Sports.com and six three-star recruits as ranked by Rivals.com. The 18-player class includes the highest ranked recruit in program history as ranked by ESPN.com. Defensive lineman Khristian Zachary is a four-star recruit ranked by ESPN.com and is the first-ever Liberty recruit to be included into the ESPN Top 300 recruiting player list. Vincent Pallotti HSWill graduate in May from St. Vincent Pallotti High School in Laurel, Md. … saw playing time in 13 career games at Pearl River, finishing with 23 receptions for 370 yards and three touchdowns … graduate of Philadelphia High School in Philadelphia, Miss.
Cavaliers welcome Abilene Christian to Charlottesville
Charlottesville, Va. – The Cavaliers are in the midst of a season rebound of epic proportions. UVA’s 2020 plus one---is 1-4 Abilene Christian--an FCS opponent from West Texas- that has never traveled to Virginia--for any game. It’s not like all we need to prepare for a certain team, like yeah the game plan is going to change but the preparation is just on us,” Cavaliers defensive end Mandy Alonzo said. You got to tell these young guys like ‘every week is the same here at in this program’ you know, middle of the week’s gonna be really hard and you got to prepare hard to plan opponent every week,” Cavaliers tight end Grant Misch says. Abilene Christian and Virginia are set to kickoff at 4 p.m. from Scott Stadium.
Liberty cracks AP Top 25 Football poll for 1st time
In just its second full season at the FBS level, Liberty has cracked one of the nation’s top 25 polls, entering the Associated Press poll at No. With 118 votes in this week’s poll, the Flames (6-0) secured the final ranking spot in this week’s media poll. Liberty is one of two FBS independent programs in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 poll, joining fellow undefeated program BYU, who is ranked No. 25 in the STATS FCS Poll on Nov. 7, 2016, during one of the Flames' final seasons at the FBS level. 25 Liberty will travel to Blacksburg, Va., this weekend to face its second ACC foe of the season in Virginia Tech.
Liberty names Willis starting quarterback
Liberty enters game week with Western Kentucky by naming Auburn transfer Malik Willis as their starting quarterback. Willis wins the initial battle with Maine grad transfer Chris Ferguson for the job. He will become the first quarterback not named “Buckshot” to start for the Flames in 43 games. He was Auburn’s backup for two seasons after being a prep star out of Atlanta, Georgia.
Virginia defense ready to ‘hold the fort’ while offense re-tools
Charlottesville, VA. – In 2019 Bryce Perkins served as the spark to the Cavaliers flame, a dynamic game changer for the offense. But the defense brought the heat as well, ranking third in the conference in sacks. Zane Zandier returns as one of the Cavaliers leaders having ‘brought the boom’ in 2019 with a team leading 108 tackles. I learned a lot last year and had to come back and get a lot stronger and get ready for this season,” Jackson says. The Cavaliers open the season at Lane Stadium when the take on the Virginia Tech Hokies for the Commonwealth Cup on September 19th at 7:30 p.m.
Liberty to make QB decision this week
Lynchburg, Va. As the season opener approaches for the Liberty Flames, the coaching staff is preparing for the tough decision of naming a starting quarterback. Head coach Hugh Freeze says a decision can be expected later this week between the Auburn transfer Malik Willis and the Maine transfer Chris Ferguson. Both have displayed obvious strengths and weaknesses, and while Freeze says the team is blessed with good options---consistency is the key. So its gone back and forth, its healthy, theyre both good leaders, they both care, they both want to do well," Freeze said. The Flames open the season at Western Kentucky on Saturday September 19.
UVA opens fall practice, Liberty forges ahead in midst of uncertain future
UVA opened fall football practice with another set of testing results in tow. The defending Coastal Division champion Cavaliers stepped through Monday mornings workout with a backdrop of uncertainly swirling around college football. In the wake of the swirling rumors, college football players have started the #wewanttoplay movement. Putting forth a complete list of protocols to make the games happen, including the right to opt out having eligibility guaranteed, and creating a College Football Players Association. Im totally supportive of the fact of our players that want to play, Liberty head coach Hugh Freeze said.
Hokies, Flames open football practice Friday
Coach Fuente explained that practice is a lot different now than it was last season. To me that was the biggest thing, One--We only have time to get the kinks worked out, and two -- Were just happy to have one(a schedule), Fuente said. The Flames hit the practice field Friday morning, ready to build on last seasons FBS breakthrough 8-5 season. The Flames will face NC State, Syracuse and Virginia Tech out of the ACC this season. You know playing the Virginia Tech game that early I think maybe gives a sense of hope and optimism to our state to the Commonwealth and maybe to college football.
Fleming football sending 40 percent of their senior roster to next level
Roanoke, Va. – It’s a number we like to talk about, and the larger it gets, the better off we all are. Forty percent of William Fleming’s senior class is headed to play football in college. Daequan Nichols is a versatile talent, passing for 1000 yards and 8 touchdowns, and catching five as well. “It makes us feel great knowing that we have this many people are determined --not just to go to college but to play sports in college. Not many people get to play at the next level,” Nichols said.
Three Colonels celebrate next step to Averett University
Roanoke Va. – There was a family celebration for trio of Colonels at Countryside Sports Complex. Two Colonel football players and a girls basketball player are all headed to Averett University to continue their careers. She’s a three point sharpshooter at guard who was a big contributor for the Colonels perennial playoff teams. And teammate Nick Andrews is another wide receiver and defensive back who was a starter his senior season. All three are headed to Averett, and all three are good examples of hard work paying off.
Area Football stars are busy during early signing period
Roanoke – On the heels of a VISAA Division 2 State Championship, North Cross Raiders receiver Zae Baines is headed to Temple University. Baines’ career included 153 catches for more than 2600 yards and 41 touchdowns. Meanwhile, Lord Botetourt’s 14-1 state runner-up season in VHSL Class 3 football has produced a pair of high profile signees. “The coaching staff, the academics, the school, they just do it top notch- their facilities, everything. And that big offensive front was a large part of an offense that averaged 414 yards per game.