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Mark Ingram Wins NCAA Football 12 Cover Vote Over Nick Fairley, Others

As expected, Alabama Crimson Tide RB Mark Ingram will be announced Tuesday as the winner of NCAA Football 12 cover honors. The 2009 Heisman Trophy winner beat out Auburn Tigers DT Nick Fairley, Oklahoma Sooners RB DeMarco Murray, and Washington Huskies QB Jake Locker in a public vote. The game is set to release July 12.

EA had to make the tough choice early on to not include 2010 Heisman winner Auburn QB Cam Newton in the poll, but the ongoing NCAA investigation into his recruitment made that an obvious no-go. Florida Gators QB Tim Tebow, who won the 2007 Heisman, graced last year's cover in a screamy pose that made my one-year-old daughter say, "He's crying!" every time I played. Nobody told her to say that.

Ingram is the second Bama back to make the cover after Shaun Alexander's 2001 appearance. He's also only the fifth SEC player after Danny Wuerrful, Alexander, Darren McFadden, and Tebow. They usually go to USC or Big 12 players because STATS!

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