VIDEO: NCAA Football 13's First Gameplay Trailer Shows Off Passing Changes

The first NCAA Football 13 gameplay trailer has now joined us, centering around new passing game stuff. The list of teased features begins with NEW PUMP FAKE MOTION, a shoulder-heavy fake as demonstrated by Not James Franklin, but don't let that stop you from getting excited about non-pump fake stuff.

The other listed tweaks below:

Not Jordan Jefferson is excited about the new shovel pass option, which appears to be something quarterbacks can do on the fly while scrambling.

Not Matt Barkley demonstrates a new differentiation between three-, five- and seven-step dropbacks.

I don't really know what a Play Action Abort Fake means -- guessing it means a mid-fake handoff, to the surprise of your running back -- but having a back pick up a blitz after receiving a fake handoff could go a long way to making play action actually useable in the game.

New on-the-move throwing motions and pass trajectories look cool. The latter might help trim the number of passes batted down at the line of scrimmage.

Receiver Route Awareness! I'm assuming this is meant to reflect receivers looking for the ball at certain points in their routes, though Not Mike Leach will have the hide of any receiver who isn't practicing Route Awareness night and day.

We've also got "430 new catch animations."

Not Taylor Martinez shows off an improved option pitch, which, like its play action blocking cousin, may make the option a viable play again.

Improved punt coverage sounds good and all, but BEHOLD, my personal favorite:


A defender making a play on a deep ball, but a play that isn't an over-the-shoulder Willie Mays? Yes, I agree with EA Sports that this game has been improved.

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