Bronco star lineman Daryn Colledge is on the verge of history. Colledge is about to start in a Bronco record 52nd consecutive game when he takes the field later this afternoon in the 2005 MPC Bowl against Boston College. After extensive research, I have determined that Colledge can tie an NCAA record with that 52nd appearance. Georgia quarterback David Greene and Nebraska cornerback Ralph Brown are currently tied for the most consecutive starts in major college football history with 52. College can join that group, along with LSU lineman Andrew Whitworth, who will be playing in the Peach Bowl later this week. Players at Alabama, Colorado, Marshall and Kansas State are also eligible for this list but sports information directors there have refused comment when asked what their school records were for consecutive games. We will continue to try to gather this information and update this story if necessary.
There is one controversial item to this record--Oklahoma lists its consecutive starts record as being 54, held by cornerback Derrick Strait. However, a thorough check of Strait's playing record shows that the Sooner record book is not correct. According to USA Today, Strait did not play against UCLA his senior year, disrupting his string of consecutive starts at 43. Therefore, in the absence of Oklahoma not explaining the discrepancy, Strait in fact does not hold the record but rather that distinction goes to Greene and Brown.
Georgia quarterback David Greene (2001-2004)--52 Consecutive Starts
Greene was 42-10 in his Georgia career, with 1 SEC Championship, wins in the 2002 Sugar Bowl, 2004 Outback Bowl and 2003 Capital One Bowl and a loss in the 2001 Music City Bowl. He was an All-SEC performer in 2002-2004 and an All-American in 2002. Greene is now with the Seattle Seahawks of the NFL. He was chosen the Southeastern Conference's Freshman of the Year, as he set school freshman records with 2,789 yards on 192 of 324 passes (59.3 percent), 17 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He was selected the SEC's Player of the Year by The Sporting News in 2002. His 3,307 aerial yards rank third on Georgia's annual record chart. Greene became the winningest quarterback in NCAA Division 1-A annals with 42 victories, topping the previous mark of 39 by Tennessee's Peyton Manning (1994-97). Greene also broke Manning's SEC career record (11,020) with 11,270 yards in total offense as a Bulldog.
Marshall offensive lineman Nate McPeak (1999-2002)--52 Consecutive Starts, pending confirmation from Marshall's Sports Information Department
Marshall was 43-9 during McPeak's years with 3 MAC Championships, 2 wins in the Motor City Bowl (1999 and 2000) and 2 wins in the GMAC Bowl (2001 and 2002).
Cornerback Ralph Brown (1996-1999) from Nebraska--52 Consecutive Starts
All-American Right Cornerback Ralph Brown and Nebraska were 45-7 in Brown's 4 years with 3 Big 12 Championships, a National Championship win in the Fiesta Bowl, 2 Orange Bowl wins and a loss in the Holiday Bowl. A three-time All-Big 12 selection, Brown was named to the Big 12 10th Anniversary team earlier this season. Brown once batted down 7 passes in a single game. A first-team All-America selection as a senior, Brown set the school record for most pass breakups in a career with 50 and in a season with 15. He was a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, presented to the nation's top defensive back. Following his Husker career, Brown was chosen in the fifth round by the New York Giants in the 2000 NFL Draft and is now with the Minnesota Vikings.
Boise State offensive tackle Daryn Colledge (2002-2005)--51 Consecutive Games going into MPC Bowl
Colledge has a 45-6 record as a starter to this point with 4 WAC Championships, wins in the 2002 Humanitarian Bowl and 2003 Fort Worth Bowl and a loss in the 2004 Liberty Bowl. Colledge was an All-WAC selection in both 2004 and 2005, and an All-American in 2004.
LSU offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth (2002-2005)--51 Consecutive Starts, heading into the Peach Bowl
LSU is 40-11 in the last four years with an SEC Championship, a 2003 National Championship win in the Sugar Bowl, and losses in the 2004 Capital One Bowl and the 2002Cotton Bowl. Whitworth was All-SEC and All-American in both 2004 and 2005 and a Freshman All-American in 2002. He has been considered one of the top linemen in the country for the past two seasons, rated as the nation's third-best offensive tackle going into 2005 by The Sporting News. Whitworth is widely regarded as the best LSU lineman since All-American Alan Faneca.
Quarterback Phillip Rivers of North Carolina State (2000-2003)--51 Consecutive Starts
Set NCAA record with 51 career starts at quarterback. Rivers finished his Wolfpack career with a 34-17 record, with wins in the 2000 Micron PC Bowl, the 2003 Tangerine Bowl and the 2002 Gator Bowl, and a loss in the 2001 Tangerine Bowl. Rivers finished as the second leading passer in NCAA history with 13,484 career passing yards and 13,582 yards of total offense. He is tied for fith with 95 career touchdown passes. Rivers threw for over 100 yards in all 51 games. He was the first quarterback in Atlantic Coast Conference history and the seventh in the history of the NCAA, to throw for 3,000 yards in three different seasons. He was a first-round draft choice of the New York Giants and was traded to the San Diego Chargers minutes later. Rivers finished 7th in the 2003 Heisman balloting. He was a unanimous choice for ACC Player of the Year and ACC Offensive Player of the Year in 2003, named to the All-ACC team as a senior. For his career, Rivers completed 1,147 of 1,710 passes (67.1%) for 13,484 yards and 95 touchdowns, with a career passing efficiency of 144.16.
Linebacker D.D. Lewis (1998-2001) of Texas--51 consecutive starts
Lewis compiled a 38-13 record as a starter for Texas, including a win (1998) and a loss (1999) in the Cotton Bowl and a win (2001) and a loss (2000) in the Holiday Bowl. He was a semifinalist for the Butkus Award as a senior, garnering All-Big 12 accolades and second-team All-American honors. Lewis posted 314 tackles, 41 tackles for loss, 18 sacks and a Texas record 10 fumble recoveries during his career. He is now with the Seattle Seahawks.
Texas A & M Linebacker Dat Nguyen (1995-1998)--51 Consecutive Starts
Nguyen had a 35-16 record as a starter, including 1 Big 12 Championship, a win in the 1995 Alamo Bowl and losses in the 1997 Cotton Bowl and the 1998 Sugar Bowl. Nguyen was the winner of theChuck Bednarik Award (Nation's top defensive player) and Lombardi Award (Nation's top College lineman) in 1998. His senior season, Nguyen was an All-American, National and Big 12 Defensive Player of the Yeear and a Butkus and a finalist for the Butkus Award and the Sullivan Award. He was also an All-Big 12 selection in both 1996 and 1997. In his career, Nguyen set the Big 12 record for career tackles with 517. Nguyen was selected to the Big 12 10th Anniversary team earlier this year. He is the only player in Texas A&M history to lead the team in tackles 4 straight years. Nguyen is now playing for the Dallas Cowboys, where he recorded the 2nd most tackles in a season in Cowboy history in 2001.
Texas A & M guard Semisi Heimuli (1996-1999)--51 Consecutive Starts
Heimuli had a record of 34-17, including 1 Big 12 Championship and losses in the 1997 Cotton Bowl, 1998 Sugar Bowl and 1999 Alamo Bowl.
BYU punter Alan Boardman (1993-1996)--51 Consecutive Games
Boardman was 37-14 in his Cougar career with 2 WAC Championships and wins in the 1996 Cotton Bowl and 1994 Copper Bowl and a loss in the 1993 Holiday Bowl. For his career, Boardman punted 204 times for a 41.8 career yards per punt average.
Defensive End Brennan Schmidt of Virginia (2002-2005)--50 Consecutive Starts, heading into the Music City Bowl
Schmidt has a 31-19 record as a starter, including wins in the 2002 and 2003 Continental Tire Bowl and a loss in the 2004 MPC Computers Bowl. He has 282 career tackles. Schmidt was Third-team Freshman All-American and ACC All-Freshman Team by The Sporting News.
Texas Tech Center Toby Cecil (2000-2003)--50 consecutive games
While at Texas Tech, Cecil had a 29-21 record, including wins in the 2002 Tangerine Bowl and the 2003 Houston Bowl and losses in the 2001 Alamo Bowl and the 2000 GalleryFurniture Bowl.
Placekicker Jeff Hall (1995-1998) of Tennessee--50 consecutive starts
Hall was 45-5 with the Volunteers, with 2 SEC championships, 1 National Championship win in the 1998 Fiesta Bowl, 2 wins in the Citrus Bowl (1995 and 1996) and a loss in the 1997 Orange Bowl. He was All-SEC and All-America as a senior. He kicked 61 field goals in his career, with a long of 53 yards and accounted for 371 points.
Florida cornerback Larry Kennedy (1991-1994)--50 consecutive starts.
Kennedy is now playing in the Arena Football League. Florida was 40-10-1 with 3 SEC Championships, a win in the 1992 Gator Bowl and 1 win (1993) and 2 losses (1991 and 1994) in the Sugar Bowl.
Center Mike Degory (2002-2005) of Florida--49 consecutive games and a start in the Outback Bowl will be his 50th.
The Gators are 31-18 during that time with 2 losses in the Outback Bowl (2002 and 2003) and 1 in the Peach Bowl (2004).
Florida State Defensive Tackle Darnell Dockett (2000-2003)--49 career starts
Dockett and Florida State finished 35-14 in four years with 2 ACC Championships, a win in the 2001 Gator Bowl , 2 losses in the Orange Bowl (2000 and 2003) and 1 loss in the 2002 Sugar Bowl . Dockett was named ACC Defensive Player of the year in 2003 and is the all-time leader in career tackles for loss with 65 and season tackles for loss with 22. He was All-ACC his last three years. Dockett plays for the Arizona Cardinals.
Miami Lineman Joaquin Gonzalez (1998-2001)--49 consecutive starts
Miami was 41-8 with 2 Big East Championships, a 2001 National Championship win in the Rose Bowl and wins in the 2000 Sugar Bowl, 1999Gator Bowl and 1998 Micron PC Bowl. Gonzalez was Rookie of the Year in the Big East and a Freshman All-American in 1998 and a 2-time All-Big East pick as well as an All-American his last two seasons. He was the winner of the "Academic Heisman," the HealthSouth Draddy Award and a semifinalist for the Lombardi Award. Gonzales allowed just two sacks his entire college career. He was an outstanding student who scored 1,320 out of 1,600 on SAT and turned down academic scholarships to Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Brown, Dartmouth and Cornell in order to walk on at Miami. Gonzalez is now with the Indianapolis Colts.
Ohio State placekicker Dan Stultz (1997-2000)--49 Consecutive Starts
Stultz helped the Buckeyes to a 35-14 record, with 1 Big Ten Championship, a win in the 1998 Sugar Bowl and losses in the '97 Sugar Bowl and the 2000 Outback Bowl. Stultz holds the school's record for longest field goal (55 yards) and closed out his career with a school record 342 points and 59 field goals on 91 attempts (64.8%) and 165 of 173 extra point attempts (95.4%). He was 2nd team All-Big Ten in 2000.
Michigan Tackle Jon Jansen (1995-1998)--49 consecutive starts
Michigan was 39-11 with 2 Big Ten Championships, a co-national championship in 1997 with a win in the Rose Bowl and the 1998 Citrus Bowl and losses in the 1996 Outback Bowl and 1995 Alamo Bowl. Jansen was a two-time All-Big 10 selection now with the Washington Redskins.
Colorado State Linebacker Willie Taylor (1995-1998)--48 Consecutive Starts
CSU went 33-15 during Taylor's years with 2 WAC Championships and a win in the 1997 Holiday Bowl and a loss in the 1995 Holiday Bowl. Taylor was the all-time leader in tackles with 410. In 1997, he was named to the All-WAC team.
Guard Kevin Breedlove (1999-2002) of Georgia--47 career starts.
Breedlove had a record of 34-13 during his starts for the Bulldogs, with an SEC Championship, wins in the 2002 Sugar Bowl, 1999 Outback Bowl and 2000 Oahu Classic and a loss in the 2001 Music City Bowl. He was a Freshman All-American in 1999 and member of the All-SEC team in 2000 and 2002.
Oregon cornerback Rashad Bauman (1997-2000)--47 Consecutive Starts
Bauman had a 33-14 record, including wins in the 1999 Sun Bowl, 2000 Holiday Bowl and 1997 Las Vegas Bowl and a loss in the 1998 Aloha Classic. Bauman was an All-PAC-10 selection and All-America pick as a junior. He returned three interceptions for touchdowns in his career. Bauman is now with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Auburn Offensive Lineman Jeno James (1996-99)--47 Consecutive Starts
James was 26-21 in his four-year career with the Tigers, including wins in the Independence Bowl in 1996 and the Peach Bowl in '97. James was 2nd-team All-SEC in 1997 and was drafted by the Miami Dolphins.
Offensive Tackle Jim Bundren of Clemson (1995-1998)--47 Consecutive Starts
Bundren started all 47 games of his career at offensive tackle, becoming the first Clemson tackle in history to do that. Clemson went 25-22 during Bundren's four year career, with 2 losses in the Peach Bowl (1996 and 1997) and 1 in the Gator Bowl (1995). Bundren was named 2nd-team All-American by Football News in 1997, and was All-ACC in both 1997 and 1998.
USC Quarterback Carson Palmer (1998-2002)--45 Consecutive Starts
Palmer was 27-18, including a win in the 2002 Orange Bowl and losses in the 1998 Sun Bowl and 2001 Las Vegas Bowl. He set USC and PAC-10 records for passing yards (11,818), total offense (11,621), touchdown passes (72) and completions (927). He is fourth on the NCAA career ladder for passing yards and total offense. In 2002, Palmer won the Heisman Trophy, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, the Pop Warner Award as the top senior on the West Coast and The National Quarterback Club's National College Quarterback of the Year Award. He was 1 of 3 finalists for the 2002 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award, 1 of 5 finalists for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award and a finalist for the Archie Griffin Trophy. Palmer was chosen as the PAC-10 Co-Offensive Player of the Year, All-PAC-10 and was a unanimous All-American. For his career, Palmer completed 927 of 1569 passes (59.1%). He was the #1 pick in the 2003 NFL draft and is with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Defensive Back Derrick Strait (2000-2003) of Oklahoma--43 Consecutive Starts
Strait had a 47-6 record, including 1 Big 12 Championship, 1 National Championship with a win in the 2004 Orange Bowl, wins in the 2002 Rose Bowl and 2001 Cotton Bowl and a loss in the 2003 Sugar Bowl. He is listed in the Sooner record books with 53 consecutive starts, but according to the USA Today article on September 21st of 2003, "Oklahoma's defense was missing two starters - linebacker Lance Mitchell and cornerback Derrick Strait. Mitchell is out for the season with a knee injury and Strait sat out with a pulled thigh muscle." Because of the disputed Sooner record book, he is credited with the 43 consecutive starts. Strait was All-SEC in both 2002 and 2003 and All-American in 2003. He won the Bronko Nagurski Award (Nation's Defensive Player of the Year) and the Jim Thorpe Award (Nation's top College defensive back) in 2003. For his career, Strait had 264 tackles and 14 interceptions, and once deflected 7 passes in a single game. Strait now plays with the New York Jets.