10 College Football Players Who Should Try out for 2016 Olympics

Ian BergCorrespondent IApril 22, 2013

10 College Football Players Who Should Try out for 2016 Olympics

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    The Olympics are one of the greatest events in sports. Every two years the world tunes in to the summer or winter games as the best athletes from around the globe compete to bring home the gold for their country.

    College football has become littered with talented sprinters and powerful lifters who, if given the chance, could challenge for a spot on their country’s Olympic teams.

    From sprinting to the javelin and hammer throw, these 10 would be contenders to bring home a medal.

Jamie Keehn: P, LSU

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    Jamie Keehn is the starting punter for LSU heading into the 2013 season. Last year he made his debut for the Tigers and performed well in two games, averaging 43.67 yards per punt (via CFBStats.com).

    Prior to arriving in Baton Rouge, Keehn was an Australian track and field star. He won the national title in javelin for his age group in 2005 and 2006. He was also a rowing champion.

    Keehn is a talented punter, but his other skills are nothing short of amazing. Adding Olympian to his resume would be a worthy investment of his time.

Marvin Bracy: WR, Florida State

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    Marvin Bracy is a rising sophomore receiver at Florida State. He is also a rising track star with Olympic speed and will be a contributor for the Seminoles on offense this fall.

    At this year's Florida Relays, Bracy ran the 100 meters in 10.20 seconds (via USTFCCCA), making him the fastest 100-meter runner in college football.

    He is a talented sprinter who happens to play football. This spring he focused on track (via Orlando Sentinel), meaning the Olympics may be a reality for this Orlando native. 

Jordan Roos: OL, Purdue

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    Rising sophomore Jordan Roos is a reserve offensive lineman for the Boilermakers, but he is also a rising star in the shot put. Roos threw 57'0" (via USTFCCCA) in a March track meet, making him the best shot-putter in college football in 2013.

    Roos’ pure power and explosion are impressive, and both of those skills translate well to both of his sports. He has ground to make up on the gridiron this fall, but as a track star, Roos is in elite company. 

Zachary Duncavage: LB, Navy

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    Zachary Duncavage is a rising senior linebacker for Navy who plays a reserve and special teams role.

    But in track, he is a leader.

    According to USTFCCCAm Duncavage is No. 4 in the hammer, No. 2 in the discus and No. 10 in the shot put among college football players.

    This guy needs an Olympic tryout—soon. Duncavage is a well-rounded athlete who could be a contender during the Olympic Trials. 

Jacob Drozd: DL, Army

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    The Army football program may not be a title contender, but the drive of its players is unmatched in college football. Jacob Drozd is a guy who is tough-as-nails and has a never-ending work ethic.

    The rising junior defensive lineman is No. 2 among college football players in the javelin throw (via USTFCCCA). He tossed the javelin 211'9" in the Navy vs. Army track and field meet in April.

    Drozd is a reserve lineman who sees limited playing time, but he is a leader in track and field. He would be a solid addition to a college football Olympic trial. 

Devon Breaux: WR, Tulane

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    The Tulane Green Wave are trying to claw back from football mediocrity, but getting there is a tough task. Devon Breaux is one of the breakout players helping this program along.

    With a 23'3-1/2'' long jump and a 6'8-1/4" high jump (via USTFCCCA), Breaux is one of college football's  most talented track athletesl. He is ranked No. 2 in the high jump and long jump among college football players for 2013.

    Look for Breaux to continue to rise in both sports as a sophomore for the Green Wave this year. 

Paul Lasike: RB, BYU

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    Paul Lasike is a rising junior running back for BYU, but his All-American status in rugby (via BYU Athletics) is the most impressive feat he has accomplished for the Cougars.

    Lasike is a solid backup running back, but on the rugby field he is a star.

    Rugby is back as an Olympic sport in 2016 after a hiatus that began in 1928. Lasike would be a solid addition to the first U.S. Olympic team in nearly a century. 

Broderick Snoddy: RB, Georgia Tech

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    The college game has been flooded with track talent over the past few years, with speed being a major focus.

    Broderick Snoddy is the next in line of talented sprinters who are also making an impact on the football field.

    Snoddy is the fourth-fastest 100-meter sprinter in college football, posting a 10.32-second time (via USTFCCCA) in the 100-meter dash in March.

    As the new year approaches, the expectations for the rising sophomore continue to skyrocket. He should be a dangerous asset for the Yellow Jackets' option offense this fall. 

Mark Jackson: WR, UTEP

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    The UTEP Miners struggle to piece together a talented football program every year. But over the past few seasons, Mark Jackson has been a rising star.

    The Miners' receiver is a talented pass-catcher, but also a versatile track athlete.

    He is No. 12 in the 100 meters, No. 3 in the 400 meters and No. 1 in the triple jump among college football players (via USTFCCCA). 

De'Anthony Thomas: RB, Oregon

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    De’Anthony Thomas is a burner.

    Last season he scorched every defense he faced, making would-be tacklers look like peewee leaguers when he passed by.

    Thomas may be a stud on the football field, but he is also an Olympic-worthy star in track.

    He posted a 10.31-second time in the 100-meter dash in March, making him the third-fastest college football player in the event. He finished the 200 meters in 21.17 seconds, making him No. 2 in the event (via USTFCCCA).

    As a rising junior, there is a lot of football to play and track to run before Thomas’ career in Oregon is over. An Olympic run may be in the cards by 2016.