With the upcoming Olympic games quickly approaching, NFL.com had some fun with the putting college football players on the virtual medal stand.
In a segment called the “CFB Summer Games,” the site’s college football expert panel awarded gold, silver and bronze medals to the best three college football players at each position.
Out of the 10 Olympic-themed stories released by NFL.com to date, the SEC has taken seven gold medal honors:
- Running back: Leonard Fournette, LSU
- Tight end: O.J. Howard, Alabama
- Offensive lineman: Cam Robinson, Alabama
- Interior defensive lineman: Jonathan Allen, Alabama
- Edge rusher: Myles Garrett, Texas A&M
- Cornerback: Jalen Tabor, Florida
- Safety: Jamal Adams, LSU
The SEC had a clean sweep of the edge rusher category, with Alabama’s Tim Williams taking silver and Tennessee’s Derek Barnett earning the bronze behind Garrett’s gold.
Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley was the silver medal winner at his position, finishing behind USC’s JuJu Smith-Schuster. That foreshadows what should be a fantastic showdown when the Crimson Tide and Trojans meet in Texas for Week 1 of the upcoming season.
Alabama linebacker Rueben Foster (silver) and Florida’s Jarrad Davis (bronze) finished behind Ohio State LB Raekwon McMillan.
Ole Miss star Evan Engram was the bronze medal winner at tight end.
The methodology for medal selection is best explained by NFL.com here:
With the world’s best athletes set to compete in the Summer Games in Rio, we thought we’d get in on the fun by holding a medal competition at each major position group. College Football 24/7 analysts ranked the top three players at each position, with points assigned to each player accordingly — three points for each first-place ranking, two for each second-place ranking and one for each third-place ranking. The points were totaled, resulting in final gold-, silver- and bronze-medal finishers.