All Bronco eyes will be on #73 this afternoon for the prestigious Senior Bowl college all-star football game in Mobile, Alabama. Bronco standout offensive tackle Daryn Colledge will be the first Boise State player to play in the Senior Bowl. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. Boise time. Colledge is the 21st Bronco player to be invited to a postseason all-star game and the 10th in the last eight years.
Colledge will be going against two defensive linemen on the 2005 Sports Illustrated/CNN All-America team. Louisville monster Elvis Dumervil led the nation with 20 sacks and 10 forced fumbles while Florida State defensive lineman Broderick Bunkley, recorded nine sacks and 23 tackles for loss this past season, the latter good for 2nd in the nation. Both Dumervil and Bunkley are on the South roster for today's game.
Colledge tied the all-time NCAA record for consecutive starts in the MPC Bowl against Boston College by taking the field for his 52nd straight start at Boise State. Colledge also tied the record for most wins in a four-year career (45) among college football players who had started every game for their respective schools.
Earlier this season, Bronco fans voted "DC" as the top offensive tackle on the All-Time Boise State football team that also included another Bronco great, Matt Hill of the National Football League's Carolina Panthers.
Daryn was All-WAC in 2004 and 2005 and second-team all league in 2003. Colledge ran a 4.93 in the 40-yard dash and has set numerous school records in the weight room, most recently 438 pounds in the power clean, 464 in the hang clean and 665 pounds in the back squat.
Prior to this season, Colledge was the first Bronco ever named to the Outland Award Watch List. He was also on the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List and was named preseason second-team All-American by Athlon Sports. ESPN.com ranked him as the 34th top college football player in the nation, the third-ranked offensive tackle and the fourth top offensive lineman.
Boise State was second in the nation in scoring in 2004 (48.9 points per game) and set a school record with 49 rushing touchdowns. In each of the previous two seasons, the Broncos led the nation in scoring. In 2002, Colledge was named to The Sporting News Freshman All-America Third team. Boise State compiled a 45-7 during Colledge's starts on the offensive line for the Broncos and finished in the top 15 in the nation in 2002, 2003 and 2004. In his career, the Broncos won the Humanitarian Bowl over Iowa State and the Fort Worth Bowl over homestanding TCU and played in the 2004 Liberty Bowl against #7 Louisville and the 2005 MPC Bowl against #17 Boston College.
In the past six years, the Senior Bowl has featured an average of ten first-round picks and 90 total draftees each year. The contest has had a top-five overall selection in each of the past five drafts – LaDainian Tomlinson (fifth overall in 2001), David Carr (first overall in 2002), Carson Palmer (first overall in 2003), Philip Rivers (fourth overall in 2004) and Cadillac Williams, the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2005, (fifth overall in 2005).
Over 560 former Senior Bowl players were on active rosters in the NFL in 2005. Twenty-six former Senior Bowlers were named to rosters for this year's NFL Pro Bowl game including the league's MVP, running back Shaun Alexander of the Seahawks, and Bears' linebacker Brian Urlacher, the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year.
Coaching this year's Senior Bowl South squad is San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Nolan and his staff, while Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fischer and his staff is coaching the Senior Bowl's North team.