One of the most storied franchises in professional sports has drafted Boise State All-American tackle Daryn Colledge. The Green Bay Packers, winners of three Super Bowls, selected the Bronco great in the second round of today's National Football League draft, the 47th selection overall. Colledge is the 48th Boise State player drafted into the pros and the third former Bronco to be chosen in the second round of the NFL Draft.
Colledge, a four-year starter for Boise State, tied the all-time NCAA record for consecutive starts with 52. He 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. 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.
Last year, Bronco fans voted "DC" as the top offensive tackle on the All-Time Boise State football team that also included another Bronco great at tackle, Matt Hill of the National Football League's Carolina Panthers.
Colledge posesses incredible athletic skills for a person of his size. That athleticism, combined with a great attitude continually moved Daryn up the list of the nation's top offensive linemen. He starred in this year's Senior Bowl, a showcase of the top collegiate talent, and if there were any doubts about DC before that, the Senior Bowl performance erased them.
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.
Colledge not only helped the Boise State win the Western Athletic Conference each of his four seasons, but helped the Broncos become known as an offensive powerhouse. 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.
Boise State's 47-5 record over the last four years is topped by just two schools in Division I-A--the USC Trojans (48-4) and the Texas Longhorns (45-6).
In Colledge's 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. Going against Boston College All-American defensive line standout Mathias Kiwanuka, Colledge kept the BC star at bay the entire game, holding Kiwanuka to just one and a half tackles.
The current Packer starters at tackle are Chad Clifton (6-5, 330) and Mark Tauscher (6-4, 315). Both are seven-year pros with 80 starts each. Clifton was selected as the 44th player overall in the 2000 draft. Tauscher, who, unlike Colledge, only started one year in college, was chosen in the seventh round by the Packers in 2000. Neither Clifton nor Tauscher has ever been an All-Pro. Backups at tackle for the Packers are former Hawai'i lineman Adrian Klemm (6-4, 318, 7 yrs.)) and Kevin Barry (6-4, 332, 5 yrs.).